Tennessee Titans cornerback Caleb Farley made his Training Camp debut on Monday after being activated from the Non-Football Injury list.
Farley missed the Titans’ first four practices because he hadn’t yet been cleared by a team physician. The 22-year-old defensive back had back surgery in March, stemming from a college back injury.
His absence from camp was a short one, though; he got clearance to join the team for practice No. 5 after passing a physical.
WHAT HE DID
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In his first practice with the Titans, Farley participated fully in the opening stretch and individual periods. He worked alongside his fellow defensive backs and CB coach Anthony Midget.
When Farley was out there on Monday, he didn’t look to have any limitations. He performed all drills at full speed and showed glimpses of the elite burst that made him a favorite among scouts before the 2021 NFL Draft.
WHAT HE DIDN’T DO
While Farley was a full-go for individual drills, he did not participate in any team drills.
When the Titans began 11-on-11 work, Farley stood in the back of the end zone and watched.
That wasn’t a terribly surprising development, considering how Mike Vrabel has consistently treated injured players.
Vrabel rarely, if ever, rushes an injured player back or throws them fully into the fire immediately upon being cleared. Instead, he allows players coming back from injury to slowly acclimate themselves by starting slow and building up to a full load.
Farley may not have been a full participant in his first day back, but that day should come sooner rather than later. His workload will likely get ramped up in small increments each day.
It’s also an extremely good sign that he’s been cleared this early into Training Camp, some analysts and medical professionals wondered during the pre-draft process wondered if Farley would be able to contribute early on in his rookie season.
Based on him passing a physical just two days into the month of August, Farley being ready to go for Week One of the regular season is a more-than-reasonable expectation.
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