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OTAs: Who's There? Who's Not? What Does it Mean?

NFL workouts at this time of year are voluntary, and some Tennessee Titans took advantage of that fact as the team conducted its first week of organized team activities (OTAs).

NASHVILLE – Attendance at voluntary organized team activities during the offseason is always a touchy topic.

Plenty of passionate Tennessee Titans fans (and probably every Titans coach) would prefer that each player participates in every session and takes advantage of every opportunity to improve after last year’s first-round playoff loss.

But the fact is that the NFL and the NFL Players’ Association – through bargaining – arrived at the current setup, which means players can choose their level of offseason participation, aside from teams’ mandatory mini-camps.

So, who was in attendance for the Titans’ OTA session on Tuesday, who was absent and – most importantly – what are the ramifications?

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Here’s a look at the status of some key players:

Tennessee Titans wide receiver Treylon Burks (16) pulls in a catch during practice at Saint Thomas Sports Park Tuesday, May 24, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn.
Tennessee Titans offensive tackle Taylor Lewan (77) against the Miami Dolphins during the first half at Nissan Stadium.
Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry (22) runs the ball during warm ups against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Tennessee Titans wide receiver Robert Woods (2) tosses the ball during practice at Saint Thomas Sports Park Tuesday, May 24, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn.
Tennessee Titans linebacker Monty Rice (56) is helped off the field during the second quarter at Gillette Stadium Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021 in Foxborough, Mass.
Tennessee Titans tight end Austin Hooper (81) races up the field during practice at Saint Thomas Sports Park Tuesday, May 24, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn.