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NASHVILLE , Tenn. (AP) — mandatory minicamp not on a football field but with a field trip to hit golf balls.Their last football play? Dean Pees caught a ball punted off a Jugs machine before being swarmed by Titans defenders celebrating with the 69-year-old coordinator on Wednesday.Coach Mike Vrabel says Thursday’s trip to Topgolf was the result of evaluating where the Titans are at the end of their offseason program and a last attempt to keep everyone healthy for training camp.“I don’t think we’re going to beat anybody on this last day, but I think that we could certainly lose to some teams by losing guys,” Vrabel said Thursday. “I think that’s the biggest thing that you want as you come out of spring. You’re just trying to improve but stay as healthy as you possibly can.”Vrabel said there’s a fine line of preaching effort and finishing with players competing for jobs without pushing too hard, especially with coaches such as himself telling them to keep competing and finishing plays.Titans’ rookies and quarterbacks will report for training camp July 22 with the rest of the team arriving July 25, and Vrabel expects to be close to full strength then.Players such as rookie defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons, their top draft pick, likely will be among a few Titans starting on the physically unable to perform list. Simmons is recovering after tearing his left ACL in February preparing for the draft.Right tackle Jack Conklin and tight end Jonnu Smith also are recovering from season-ending knee injuries. Rookie wide receiver A.J. Brown, who appeared to pull a muscle last week Clelin Ferrell Jersey , was limited during minicamp but now has five weeks to heal up for training camp.For Vrabel, this wraps up his second straight offseason program. His mantra to the Titans for this season has been finding ways to go from good to great after three consecutive 9-7 seasons and only one playoff berth. How successful their offseason work was will only be seen once the season kicks off Sept. 8 at Cleveland.“That’s something that has to be evaluated ultimately by wins and losses,” Vrabel said. “That’s really what this comes down to.”Vrabel already has endured a debut season that featured the NFL’s longest game in the opener, injuries to a handful of key starters including quarterback Marcus Mariota, a veteran receiver asking to be released midseason and his defensive coordinator missing a key divisional road game due to illness. So the coach already is expecting a season filled with challenges.“I think I maybe know where some of the pitfalls are, where some of the speedbumps are, and navigate your way around them,” Vrabel said.Some questions will only be decided in training camp such as who will start at right guard after the Titans released Josh Kline in March. Vrabel joked that one position already is settled with Pees beating out offensive coordinator Arthur Smith , a former offensive lineman, catching punts Wednesday to wrap up minicamp.“Dean is our new punt returner,” Vrabel said. “Everybody wants to know, we’ve got one position filled for 2019 and that’s Dean Pees at punt returner. Obviously, Dean has caught a few punts in his day. He tried to keep his shoulders square, get his fingertips together. It was impressive. Arthur, not so much. That’s what it looks like when offensive linemen try to catch punts.”Notes: The Titans swapped tight ends on the roster Thursday, agreeing to terms with veteran Ryan Hewitt and waiving Keith Towbridge. Hewitt has played 72 games in five seasons with 23 catches for 221 yards. Undrafted out of Stanford Johnathan Abram Jersey , he played four seasons with Cincinnati and was with Indianapolis for 12 games last season. SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — San Francisco rookie Dre Greenlaw enters the NFL with a little more fanfare than most fifth-round linebackers.His role as a good Samaritan to save a high school classmate from a potential date rape encounter at a college fraternity party was publicized on social media by the woman’s father shortly after he was drafted by the 49ers last Saturday.“My daughter went to a college party when she was freshman,” Gerry Daly said on Twitter. “She knew very few people at the party, and also didn’t have a ton of experience drinking. Someone slipped something into her drink when she wasn’t paying attention.“Dre was also a freshman. And he knew my daughter from high school. And he did not know the guy who was all over her. And when that guy tried to steer my daughter out the front door, he stopped the guy and said ‘she’s not going anywhere.'”Daly said he didn’t publicize the story earlier because he didn’t want anyone to criticize Greenlaw for being at a keg party when he was underage, but did so after Greenlaw was drafted, saying he will always owe Greenlaw for protecting his daughter.Greenlaw said Daly’s daughter, Megan , called him a couple of days after her father tweeted his thanks and that jogged his memory of the details of the incident that happened his freshman year at Arkansas.“I wasn’t doing it for attention,” Greenlaw said. “I did it because I did it. The whole four years went by and I didn’t think about it much. I think I saw her one time after that and she thanked me again. This is somebody’s daughter. I understand why someone would be so appreciative of it.”Greenlaw is used to getting attention for off-field stories instead of the play that made him an NFL draft pick. Greenlaw was an orphan as a child and spent six years in the foster care system before moving in with the family of one of his high school assistant coaches, Brian Early.Greenlaw became part of that family and was officially adopted last year, shortly after turning 21.Greenlaw said it was frustrating at first to always be asked about his family situation instead of football but he knows it can provide inspiration to others from a similar background.“I look back on it and it’s a story that not a lot of people went through and that they made it out of,” he said. “There’s a lot of kids in foster homes that may not have gotten the same opportunity. If they hear someone’s story and they see someone who has been through something similar to them, maybe they get the hope that they can do it, too.”Now Greenlaw wants to begin the process of becoming known for his on-field play. He said he barely slept since getting drafted and arrived at the airport more than three hours early Thursday before flying to the Bay Area for rookie minicamp.Greenlaw was drafted 148th overall by San Francisco, falling down draft boards in part because he ran a slow 40-yard dash on an injured hamstring before the draft.But the Niners were impressed with his speed on game tape at Arkansas and Greenlaw wants to make the teams that passed him regret their decision.“All my life I’ve been doubted Maxx Crosby Jersey ,” he said. “Just going through what I’ve been through, a lot of people wouldn’t think I’d be where I’m standing. At a lot of points in my life, if I had a phone, I wouldn’t have had two numbers to put in it. I was an orphan and I went years without talking to my brothers and sisters. I have 12. I’m protective. That’s the hardest thing for me, being away from them.”
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