NFL training camps can lead to some intense battles for one of the coveted 53-man roster spots. Tension can lead to some mix-ups and mistakes between rookie and veteran players alike, highlighted by an issue between first-year wideout Kyle Philips and quarterback Ryan Tannehill on Thursday.
Titans insider Sam Phalen reported that Philips and Tannehill just weren't on the same page during a specific route run on Thursday. Though the duo eventually talked things out later on, it was Philips who showed incredible maturity for taken ownership of his part in the issue.
Titans Training Camp News
Philips told reporters that the issue was a "mental error" on his part and that he feels like he let the team down by not catching the ball. Granted, it's only training camp and the Titans will survive the minor mistake, however, the maturity that the rookie showed is light years beyond his age.
The reason why Philips felt so bad about his mistake was that it occurred during a red-zone drill. Once he and Tannehill had their discussion, though, the duo was able to come back to the play and score a touchdown on their next attempt.
Despite owning one of the best run games on the planet, the Titans averaged an abysmal 201.7 passing yards per game in 2021 (No. 25). With A.J. Brown having been traded to the Philadelphia Eagles this offseason, Tennessee will rely on Philips, as well as fellow rookie Treylon Burks and veteran WR Robert Woods to produce.
The 2022 fifth-round pick played solid in his final year at UCLA, recording 739 yards and 10 touchdowns across 11 games. It remains to be seen if he can have a similar impact in the NFL, however, an continuously improved connection with Tannehill should help the rookie pass-catcher succeed.
Titans Super Bowl Odds
Philips and the Titans have a bit of a journey to make before oddsmakers view them as championship contenders. FanDuel Sportsbook has Tennessee available at +3000 odds (T-No. 14) to win Super Bowl 57 next February.
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