Rookie minicamp kicked off Friday afternoon for the Tennessee Titans. Titans rookies such as WR Treylon Burks, QB Malik Willis, and WR Kyle Philips – to name a few – went through drills on the field in front of the media for the first time. While nobody’s first day on the job is going to look perfect, it was Burks who had the most trouble in his first practice with the Titans.
The wide receiver selected with the No. 18 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft struggled to stay on the field throughout the day. Burks was captured hunching over after failing to make it through the first wide receiver drill of the afternoon.
Treylon Burks didn’t make it through the first WR drill. Was hunched over early. Went into new building with trainer. Was using an inhaler. Came back out, did a couple reps, later went in. #Titans. pic.twitter.com/mXSWMZnARR— Paul Kuharsky (@PaulKuharskyNFL) May 13, 2022
After visiting with the trainer, Burks reemerged using an inhaler and returned to practice. He looked shaky and a touch out of shape through different portions of the practice before eventually leaving early.
Head coach Mike Vrabel acknowledged Burks’ early departure saying, “We all have a long way to go. They’re all going to have some good days and some great days. Hopefully we can avoid the bad days.”
Burks, like everybody else in rookie camp, certainly has a ways to go. But that is precisely why rookie minicamp takes place in May instead of August. No matter how great a player is in college, it takes time to adjust to the speed and conditioning required to play in the NFL.
The Titans are depending on Burks to be in premier condition as soon as regular season play begins. After trading A.J. Brown to the Philadelphia Eagles and with Robert Woods coming off an ACL injury, the Titans will look for Burks to handle a heavy snap count right out of the gate.
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