NASHVILLE — The Titans returned to the practice field on Wednesday at Saint Thomas Sports Park to continue preparations for Saturday’s playoff game against the New England Patriots.
Here’s a look at three quick hits from Wednesday:
Titans defensive lineman Jurrell Casey has seen two sides of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
In the 2017 season’s playoffs, Casey saw Brady pick the Titans apart. Brady completed 35-of-53 passes for 337 yards and three touchdowns in New England’s 35-14 win.
The Titans didn’t sack Brady once.
Last November, however, the Titans flustered Brady in a 34-10 win. The Titans sacked Brady three times and were credited with seven quarterback hits in that game as Brady completed just 21 of his 41 passes.
The key on Saturday, Casey said, starts with pressuring Brady.
“We have to make sure we keep him frustrated throughout the whole game, not just the first quarter,” Casey said. “From the first quarter all the way through the fourth quarter we have to make sure it is uncomfortable for him.
“The difference between those two games is one they had the upper-hand and they blew us out and the other we returned the favor and we blew them out. It depends on who can control the middle of the pocket.”
Brady is the all-time postseason leader in games played (40), wins (30), completions (1,005), pass yards (11,179) and touchdown passes (73). He has 16 playoff games with 300-plus pass yards, the most in NFL history.
On Saturday, he’ll aim for hi 13th postseason game in a row with 250-plus pass yards.
“You have to get into the pocket and put pressure on him as much as you can,” Casey said of Brady. “We have to get him rattled and get him frustrated as much as we can. Without getting to him, we are bound to lose this game. So the biggest key is to get to him as much as we can.”
Titans cornerback Adoree’ Jackson was listed as a full participant in practice for the second straight day.
Jackson hasn’t played since suffering a foot injury in the team’s December 1 game against the Colts. He’s been limited in some practices, but been sidelined in most.
Titans defensive coordinator Dean Pees said Jackson’s return would give the team an important piece.
“He’s a cover guy, that’s his skill level,” Pees said of Jackson. “His forte has always been to be able to get up and play coverage and play man-to-man and be able to press guys and hopefully he is healthy enough to do that and we can use him that way.”
Logan Ryan, Tramaine Brock, Tye Smith and LeShaun Sims have worked at cornerback in recent weeks.
Receiver Adam Humphries (ankle) did not practice again on Wednesday.
Right tackle Jack Conklin (knee) was added to the Injury Report, and listed as limited.
Receiver Kalif Raymond practiced on Wednesday after missing Tuesday’s session, but Titans coach Mike Vrabel said he remains in the concussion protocol. Raymond was limited in Wednesday’s practice.
Linebacker Daren Bates (shoulder) was a full participant after being limited on Tuesday while receiver Cody Hollister (ankle) was listed as limited for the second day in a row.