NASHVILLE — Patriots rookie receiver N’Keal Harry, who exited in the first half of the team’s preseason opener and did not return, felt healthy enough to join the team for join practices in Tennessee.
Harry trotted onto the field with his teammates in full uniform, but stood off to the side once warmups began. He then walked off.
Although Harry was a non-participant, the fact that he made the trip should be viewed as somewhat encouraging. A league source indicated that “mental reps and rehab” would be the plan for Harry in the short term. His Week 1 status is not in jeopardy, the source said.
Unfortunately for the Pats, the receivers corps was even more banged up by the time the practice ended.
Here’s what you should know from the first of two joint practices with the Titans:
Absent: LB Jamie Collins (first missed practice), TE Matt LaCosse (second consecutive missed practice), TE Stephen Anderson (first missed practice)
Left early: WR Phillip Dorsett, WR Maurice Harris, LB Elandon Roberts
The reasons for the early departures of Dorsett, Harris, and Roberts are unclear. All three players remained on the field until the end of practice, which likely means they’re not dealing with serious injuries.
Dorsett appeared to be dealing with some type of left hand injury.
Harris walked slowly with head trainer Jim Whalen from one field to the other in between periods. Harris removed his shoes and took a knee on the sideline for the final 11-on-11 period.
**After receiving about half of the competitive reps in Monday’s practice, Isaiah Wynn saw his workload scaled back a bit. Wynn did not participate in a competitive 2-on-2 drill at the beginning of practice. In 11-on-11s, he took the first rep in each period and then exited, giving way to Dan Skipper.
Wynn’s involvement in full-speed team drills is a notable development this week.
**Edge rusher Shilique Calhoun continues to see work with the first-team defense. A third-round pick of the Raiders in 2016, Calhoun appears to be on his way to locking up a spot on the New England roster. Calhoun would have had a sack of Marcus Mariota in team drills.
**The Patriots rotated receivers with Tom Brady (probably in part due to the injuries to Harry, Dorsett, and Harris).
**Lots of work for the running backs in today’s practice. The final period of 11-on-11s featured two Sony Michel runs, a James White carry, a Brandon Bolden carry, and a pair of screens to Rex Burkhead. Rookie Damien Harris participated, but wasn’t heavily involved.
**Man, this was a rough day for the Titans passing game. For most of the afternoon, the New England secondary smothered Tennessee’s receivers, leaving Marcus Mariota and Ryan Tannehill with nowhere to deliver the ball.
J.C. Jackson had a pick-six of Tannehill in 11-on-11s. Tannehill was targeting wide receiver Papi White on a short out route. Jackson read it all the way, broke on the ball, and intercepted it in stride.
On the rep preceding Jackson’s interception, rookie pass rusher Chase Winovich blasted around the edge for what would have been a sack of Tannehill (of course, there’s no contact with quarterbacks in practice).
Winovich also intercepted Tannehill in a different 11-on-11 period. The ball was tipped at the line of scrimmage by Deatrich Wise, and Winovich — also rushing the passer — reacted and dove for the interception.
A third-round pick out of Michigan, Winovich isn’t getting a ton of first-team work, but his impact is felt in every practice (he also enjoyed a strong debut in the preseason game at Detroit). There’s little doubt that Winovich will play a good amount as a rookie. He’ll push John Simon, Derek Rivers, and Shilique Calhoun for time.
**Michael Bennett and Dont’a Hightower collapsed the pocket for what would have been a sack of Mariota on the first 11-on-11 rep. Hightower was flagged for offsides on the next snap.
The New England pass rush overwhelmed the Titans offensive line throughout the practice.
**Titans wide receiver Adam Humphries was among those who left practice early. Humphries didn’t do much against a dominant Patriots secondary. He had one opportunity for a big play, but let the ball bounce off his chest and to the ground on a deep route. Humphries had beaten Jonathan Jones on the play.
Free safety Devin McCourty broke up a Mariota pass intended for Humphries in 11-on-11s.
Humphries nearly signed with the Pats in the offseason. During the negotiating period, Humphries’ agreement with the Titans leaked. The Pats then increased their offer — shelling out more guaranteed money than the Titans offered, according to a source — but Humphries stayed firm in his commitment to Tennessee. He ultimately signed a four-year deal worth $36 million.
The Patriots patched it together at wide receiver. They nabbed N’Keal Harry in the first round and may have found a gem in undrafted free agent Jakobi Meyers, who now looks to be one of the only healthy wideouts on the team.
**Wide receiver Maurice Harris made an impressive one-handed catch during 1-on-1s early in practice. He broke his route toward the sideline and snagged a bullet of a pass with his left hand.
**Cornerbacks Stephon Gilmore and Keion Crossen broke up passes in 1-on-1s.