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Marcus Mariota takes the field for Day 7 of the team's 2017 training camp at Nissan Stadium. (Photos by Donn Jones, Gary Glenn)

Marcus Mariota takes the field for Day 7 of the team’s 2017 training camp at Nissan Stadium. (Photos by Donn Jones, Gary Glenn)

The Tennessee Titans are taking to the not-so-friendly skies to face the New York Jets in the first 2017 pre-season game for both NFL franchises. The Titans’ Training camp is the best time for fans to get an up-close look at the current Tennessee Titans. It is the only time of the year when practice is open to the public, and you have three chances left.

This year’s schedule included 13 open practices, including two morning practices with the Carolina Panthers (August 16-17) at Saint Thomas Sports Park. Remaining opportunities include: Monday, August 14 from 6:55 pm – 8:55 pm; Wednesday, August 16 from 9:15 am – 11:30 am – with the Carolina Panthers; and Thursday, August 17 from 9:15 am – 11:30 am – with the Carolina Panthers. Practices open to fans are “weather permitting” and practices moved inside the “bubble” at Saint Thomas Sports Park due to weather are closed to the public.

What stood out in last Saturday’s (August 5) open practice at Nissan Stadium were that QB Marcus Mariota was back on the field and in uniform at Nissan Stadium for the first time since suffering a fractured fibula last season, and he looked good after a so-so start.

Mariota led the first-team offense to a pair of scoring drives in the scrimmage, making several nice throws along the way. Mariota took off and ran for a touchdown on a play from the two-yard line.

“I like some of the plays that he made,” Titans heach coach Mike Mularkey said of Mariota. “I thought he made some good decisions.”

Tight end Delanie Walker was on the receiving end of a touchdown pass from Mariota on the team’s second drive. Walker went up high to catch a ball in between safety Da’Norris Searcy and linebacker Nate Palmer.

“I think Marcus is looking great,” Walker said. “The chemistry with us is always there. I am just excited to see what he is going to do for us this year because he’s getting better and better.”
Kicker Ryan Succop was a perfect 4-for-4 on field goal tries. A crowd of 11,400 was announced for Saturday night’s practice. Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk was back in Nashville after attending Hall of Fame festivities and meetings in Canton a day earlier. Strunk signed autographs for fans before the practice.

The Titans have two pre-season home games when they get back. The Carolina Panthers kickoff is at 2:30 pm CDT on Saturday, August 19 in Nisssan Stadium, broadcast live on WKRN -Channel 2; and kickoff against the Chicago Bears comes Sunday, August 27 at 12 Noon, broadcast live on FOX, locally in Nashville on WZTV – Channel 17.

Tickets were available at press time on Ticketmaster for either pre-season game, ranging in price from $40 to $271, as follows: Upper Level (UL), $40 – $65, Club Level (CL), $123 -$271, and Lower Level (LL), $95 – $127.

Prices rise for the home games, the opener against the Raiders (9/10), Seahawks (9/24), Colts (10/16), Ravens (11/5), Bengals (11/12), Texans (12/3), Rams (12/24), and Jaguars (12/31) to $52-$77 (UL), $139-$281 (CL), and $115-$147 (LL).

Are you ready for some football?