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July 31, 2013

Warmack joins Titans in time for full pads

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans wasted no time getting their first-round draft pick onto the field, and they had Chris Johnson follow the block of right guard Chance Warmack on the first play of team drills Tuesday night.

Call it a preview of what coach Mike Munchak wants from his Titans after their extreme makeover of the interior of their offensive line.

"You got him and (David) Stewart on that side, we should be able to, power football at its finest," Munchak said. "That's why they're here. That's why we did the things we did. It's the first day we've had all five together. We've been talking about it a long time. ... It's fun. It's a long way to go like we know but a good first step."

Warmack was the last of the players selected in the first round of the NFL draft to agree to his contract. After getting the deal done on Monday, he called Munchak to make sure he got his conditioning test out of the way before going through a walk-through Tuesday morning.

The three-time national champion at Alabama is expected to be the Titans' starting right guard, and he was there after missing the first four practices of training camp. Warmack got signed in time for his first practice to be a fully padded workout, and he got about 20-25 snaps, or half what the first-team offense did.

"He's got a lot to work on obviously, but I think it's a good start for him," Munchak said. "And he's confident. Like I said, the time he spent here those six, seven weeks made him feel real comfortable with what we're doing now, and now it's just a matter of getting him used to the speed of the game. Things are happening a lot faster than they were in June."

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