The Tennessee Titans wanted to wrap up their offseason with a trip to Fort Campbell.
With soldiers at the Army post busy right now Thurman Thomas Jersey , the NFL team spent the final session of minicamp with police officers.
The Titans made the very short trip to the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department's training center near the team's headquarters and learned about how officers are trained , use of force and gun safety .
"We thought that we would mix some gun safety in with interaction with the police department," coach Mike Vrabel said Thursday.
"There was a lot of chiefs, there was 30 police officers, there was cadets. Our guys got to work one-on-one, and those guys were the coaches for the day. We tried to listen and pay attention the best we could, and had a little fun along the way."
The Titans also shot guns on the range, a first for Vrabel. The coach said the Titans met with NFL officials Wednesday going over league policies, which include no firearms allowed at a team's building, parking lot or hotel. Vrabel said no, this visit was not tied to the national anthem.
"This is about us being with the police officers in our community and gun safety Jake Ryan Jersey ," Vrabel said.
The Titans wrapped up the session, returned to the team's building and then players scattered for their last break before reporting for training camp July 25.
Quarterbacks, injured players and rookies will be due back July 22.
Even with the offseason ending, the Titans finished some business Thursday afternoon by signing rookie linebacker Harold Landry to his contract to wrap up their four-man draft class. Landry, a popular choice to go in the first round of many mock drafts, fell to No. 41 where the Titans traded up to select him .
The linebacker ranked second in school history at Boston College with 26 sacks and second with 47陆 tackles for loss.
Vrabel is expecting everyone under contract to be at training camp, though Pro Bowl left tackle Taylor Lewan is the only question mark with Landry's contract finished. Lewan worked out with the Titans during most of the offseason program, then skipped this week's mandatory minicamp wanting a new contract .
"I would expect all players, all coaches, and all personnel staff to be here under contract," Vrabel said of Lewan. "But Jeremiah George Jersey , do I think he will? I have no idea."
Only right tackle Jack Conklin is not expected to be ready for the start of training camp. Conklin is recovering from surgery to repair a torn left ACL hurt in the Titans' divisional playoff loss at New England.
Wide receivers Rishard Matthews, who watched the offseason sessions open to reporters, and Corey Davis, limited over the past week, are expected to be available.
Vrabel reminded the Titans before they left to get as much personal business handled before training camp as possible. He also told them about the countdown clock he keeps on his phone.
"We're 87 days from our first game," the first-time head coach said. "I think that starts to put things in perspective, and when I say that I get excited to be in this position. 87 days from a real NFL football game. That was the first message, that we're that close."
Notes: The Titans had four players in minicamp and signed WR Brandon Shippen and CB Jarell Carter on Thursday. They waived WR Zach Pascal and CB Jeremy Boykins to clear roster space. Shippen came into the NFL as an undrafted free agent and has been with Miami, the Rams and Chiefs. Carter was undrafted out of Trinity International and spent two months on Arizona's practice squad last year.
Rookie quarterback Josh Allen moved one step closer to becoming the Buffalo Bills' starter.
Coach Sean McDermott is providing the strong-armed, first-round draft pick his opportunity to win the job by naming him the starter in Buffalo's preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.
The team announced the decision on its Twitter account Monday evening after Allen practiced with the first-string offense earlier in the day.
The Bills provided no other details regarding the decision, and McDermott isn't scheduled to address reporters until Friday. Allen and offensive coordinator Brian Daboll are currently scheduled to speak to the media when the team returns to practice Wednesday.
Allen's chance comes after he showed continued improvement working with the second- and third-stringers in Buffalo's first two preseason games.
He went 9 of 19 for 116 yards and a touchdown in overseeing the third-string offense in a preseason-opening 28-23 loss to Carolina two weeks ago.
On Friday Troy Apke Jersey , he went 9 of 13 for 60 yards and a touchdown in leading the second-string offense on scoring drives 鈥?including two field goals 鈥?on each of his three series in a 19-17 win at Cleveland.
Allen, on Friday, wasn't prepared to say whether he's made a case to earn a shot at starting.
"That's not up to me. That's completely up to the coaches," he said. "As of now, I'm looking to improve. I know there's a lot of things to improve on and I'll continue to do that."
At 6-foot-5 and 240 pounds, Allen represents the future after Buffalo traded up five spots to select him with the No. 7 pick to make him the third quarterback taken in the draft at that point.
The 22-year-old, who grew up in Central California, became the first quarterback Buffalo has ever chosen among the top-10 picks, and is being counted upon to fill a job that's been mostly unsettled since Hall of Famer Jim Kelly retired after the 1996 season.
The question remained how much time Allen would require to polish his performance after he was knocked for being erratic at times during his three college seasons at Wyoming.
McDermott took what he's called a calculated approach in gradually developing Allen during an offseason-long quarterback competition rounded out by returning backup Nathan Peterman and offseason veteran free-agent addition AJ McCarron.
McCarron's status is uncertain after he hurt his right throwing shoulder in the first quarter against Cleveland.
McCarron missed the past two practices, though he was spotted on Monday preparing to ride a stationary bike at the Bills facility on Monday.
In speaking before practice, McDermott provided no indication he had made a decision to start Allen.
He merely said the quarterback rotation would continue without McCarron Nate Hairston Jersey , and that it was Allen's turn to practice with the starters.
Allen has stuck by McDermott's cautious approach.
"You just got to trust the process. Coach always preaches that," Allen said last week.
"I'm just trying to learn, trying to get better every day," he added. "I'm trying to become the best quarterback that I can be. It's going to take time."
Allen's timeline sped up Friday in replacing McCarron, who was sacked once and hit several more times in failing to generate a first down during his four series with the starters.
On his first possession, Allen capped a 15-play, 80-yard drive by avoiding pressure and stepping up in the pocket to hit Rod Streater for a 2-yard touchdown on third down.
McCarron was considered the initial front-runner for the job. He is the most experienced quarterback on the roster after spending his first four NFL seasons as Andy Dalton's backup in Cincinnati before signing with the Bills in free agency in March.
Peterman has put up the best numbers of the three this preseason. He's completed 17 of 20 attempts for 232 yards, with two touchdowns and an interception.
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