By Kyle Madson
The Titans will play their first preseason game without their first pick from this year’s draft. Paul Kuharsky noted that No. 22 pick Rashaan Evans was one of six Titans who didn’t make the trip to Green Bay for Thursday’s game.
Evans left a practice early during Week 1 of training camp and hasn’t been back since. His absence for Thursday’s game doesn’t come as a huge surprise.
However, this only raises the growing concern that there’s something more serious going on than the hydration and cramping head coach Mike Vrabel alluded to when he talked about Evans’ injury after the practice where the rookie left early.
Missing practice reps is bad, but missing game reps is worse. There’s a speed that comes with the NFL game that players can’t experience unless they’re on the field. Evans will not only miss those snaps, but he won’t get to be on the sideline learning the small morsels of information that can be gained by observing a game from the sideline.
It all comes down to the rookie being ready to play by Week 1. It’s importantt to keep in mind there’s still a month to go before the Titans’ regular season opener. Evans still has plenty of time to get up to speed, and the top priority for the Titans is ensuring he’s 100 percent healthy by the opener in...