NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Mike Mularkey was like a kid in a candy store Friday afternoon with a very attentive audience.
The Tennessee Titans were back on the field for their first practice with the team’s rookies as a minicamp was held for the new players, both drafted and undrafted picks.
“I had to calm them down this morning in the walkthrough,” Mike Mularkey said. “I mean, I was very, very adamant about walking through in the walkthrough, and they didn’t walkthrough initially. That’s a nice problem this morning, to try to slow the speed down of a practice.”
For players like first-round pick Jack Conklin, their first dream came true when they were drafted.
Friday, though, was the next step when they actually put on the helmet and hit the practice field.
“It’s pretty crazy,” Conklin told News 2. “It’ the dream to play in the NFL when you’re a football player. To go from playing in January, playing Alabama in the playoffs, to now–I’m practicing with the Tennessee Titans. It’s pretty crazy.”
Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry also donned the two-tone blue for the first time. He knows what he did in college and what he has to do now are two different things.
“There’s a lot coming at you. You’re a pro. So you have to approach it the right way and make sure you take care of your responsibilities by studying,” Henry said. “You know, I’m taking it down, studying every night before I come up here. So I can execute when I get on the field.”