NASHVILLE — Treylon Burks has not had an ideal start to his career with the Tennessee Titans. None of that seemed to bother him on Day 1 of the team’s training camp practices at Saint Thomas Sports Park.
The rookie came to compete.
Tennessee and other NFL teams won’t be in full pads until August 1 and must have no live contact through the rest of this week. So, while 7-on-7 highlights are not the most important thing in the world, it is a hell of a lot better than laboring through individual drills. Burks took advantage of time away from the Titans facility to get physically right.
Now, we can look for legitimate growth to begin.
Burks displayed no limitations
Wednesday on the practice field look much more like the Treylon Burks we’ve seen on the Arkansas highlight reels.
“I feel a lot different,” said Burks. “I feel a lot healthier. Just makes me feel good that I can come out here and play a role and be a part of the team.
Burks connected with Tennessee quarterbacks Ryan Tannehill and Logan Woodside a total of three times throughout the course of the abbreviated work session. A diving catch made in 7-on-7 over top corner Kristian Fulton turned heads. Two more came competing again with Fulton and second-year corner Caleb Farley.
Burks said he has dropped between five to six pounds since the team broke for minicamp.
The rookie talked about his struggles with asthma and how he spent time conditioning this summer to the point where he felt he could manage it. Burks also offered accountability when asked about why he had not taken that approach during Titans OTAs and minicamp this spring.
The difference showed.
“I thought (Burks) did an outstanding job over the summer of getting himself back,” Tennessee GM Jon Robinson said Tuesday on 104.5 The Zone. “We saw that in the conditioning test and the first two practices that weren’t open to the media. It was just us here and you could see it looked more like what we saw on the Arkansas film when we evaluated him.”
Day 1 is over and Burks showed up. Day 2 presents the next opportunity.
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