NASHVILLE – Titans right tackle Jack Conklin began training camp with something to prove – to himself, and to outsiders.
“I think every season as a pro you have to come out and prove it, especially after last year when personally I don’t think I played nearly as well as I need to,” Conklin said on Tuesday. “I think this year is a huge year, and I have a huge opportunity to play hard and help this team be very good.”
Closing in on four weeks later, Conklin feels like he’s mentally and physically ready to go for the regular season.
Conklin, who missed all the team’s offseason work while recovering from a knee injury, said he’s felt a lot looser and more athletic in practices.
Conklin started nine games for the Titans in 2018 – he was inactive for the first four games while recovering from the torn ACL he suffered at the end of the 2017 season, and then he missed the final three games in 2018 after getting injured again in December, which forced him to Injured Reserve.
Conklin has played in 41 games in his first three NFL seasons, including starts in all 16 games in each of his first two NFL seasons.
“We still have two preseason games and a couple of weeks to perfect some more things,” said Conklin, an All-Pro in his rookie season in 2016. “But I am feeling confident, I am feeling good and I am looking forward to getting out there against Pittsburgh to get some more work in.”