Jeffery Simmons was asked a big question: Is his goal to play at some point this season?

The Titans defensive tackle didn’t give a clear yes or no, instead speaking a bit more vaguely.

A pro move by the rookie.

“I’m not rushing anything,” Simmons said Tuesday after Titans minicamp. “If I don’t play this year, I’m fine with it, but my goal is to get healthy on my time and on this team’s time. There’s no time limit and when I can come back. Every day I come to work, I’m putting my mindset, you know, ‘I want to get back today.’ That’s how I come to work everyday and try to get better.

It was Simmons’ first time talking to reporters since he wiped away tears during his introductory press conference after Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk voiced her faith in the Mississippi State product. 

Simmons struck a woman during a fight while he was in high school and was found guilty of malicious mischief. He pleaded no contest to simple assault.

There were no tears on Tuesday, but plenty of positivity.

That’s a part of why he’s made a good early impression at Saint Thomas Sports Park.