The Tennessee Titans rookies still have plenty to learn as they soaked in their surroundings and began to acclimate themselves to life as an NFL player.
Much of the focus was directed on first-round pick Chance Warmack of Alabama and second-rounder Justin Hunter of Tennessee. Both are being counted upon by the Titans to help improve a team that struggled to a 6-10 finish a year ago.
“I show them the tape every year of some of the stuff that happened last year and tell them that there are a lot of guys that can help us win football games here. The last two years I've been here, rookies have stepped up. Our expectation is that they should come in and help this football team win,” Titans coach Mike Munchak said.
Hunter joins the mix at wide receiver and said he believes has already is getting a decent grasp of the Titans offense.
“I think it went pretty good. Learning the new offense went pretty good. I picked it up pretty easy. I was nervous, because I didn't know what to expect, but as the day went on, my nerves calmed down,” he said. “There were a lot of meetings, definitely a lot more than in college. It's definitely a lot faster, and it's zero tolerance when you come here.”
For Warmack, the Titans are counting on him to step in immediately at right guard as part of a revamped offensive line that also includes free agent pickup Andy Levitre at left guard.
Warmack knows there is plenty ahead to learn for him.
“There were a lot of mistakes made today, but that is the beauty of this game. You make mistakes and you come back and do better the next day. I'll put my head in the playbook tonight and get better,” Warmack said.
Warmack, however, is excited that the things he is learning will come from a pair of Hall of Fame linemen in Munchak and offensive line coach Bruce Matthews.
“It was a great experience. Just picking their brains and asking them questions is helping to make me a better player,” he said.
The rookies will spend Saturday practicing and in meetings and will join the veterans in the off-season program beginning Monday.
Third-round pick Zaviar Gooden of Missouri was excused for the afternoon practice due to a family commitment. Undrafted free agent linebacker Tom Wort was let go after he failed his physical due to a hamstring injury.