Tennessee Titans: Observations from the Titans' 4th Preseason Game
In the team's final tuneup before its regular-season opener against the New England Patriots, the Titans rested the majority of its starters in a night that saw starting quarterback Jake Locker lead the offense for four series as the Titans won 10-6 to finish the preseason 3-1.
Locker had his share of ups and downs in the team's last preseason game, showing the arm strength and athleticism that helped him win the starting job, but also turning the ball over on a costly fumble inside the Saints 10-yard line as well as showing some spotty accuracy on a number of passes.
Locker finished his night 9-of-16 for 81 yards and added another 22 rushing yards on two attempts on the ground.
However, missed opportunities will likely sum up his night, as he just overshot Damian Williams on a pass that could have been a 50-yard touchdown as well as failing to get into the end zone on two trips into the red zone.
Other Things of Note
—With Chris Johnson sitting out, Javon Ringer got the start at running back and struggled to get anything going on his five carries, rushing for 13 yards.
With other running backs having impressive training camps and preseasons, Ringer has been unable to show much in limited time. Though he is likely a lock to make the roster, he is going to have to fight to hold on to the No. 2 running back spot.
—Darius Reynaud continues to show why he will likely get a number of touches once the regular season rolls around.
After Marc Mariani went down with a season-ending broken leg last week, Reynaud was able to seal up a roster spot as a returner, but his continued offensive reps indicate that the coaching staff really likes what they seem from him.
Reynaud finished the first half with 41 yards on eight touches (five carries, three receptions) and once again flashed an ability to make the first man miss and get up field.
—The Jake Locker to Kendall Wright combination continues to show that it could be lethal as the two continue to develop chemistry.
Locker hit Wright on a back shoulder throw that Wright adjusted to perfectly for a 16-yard gain and followed that up with a touch pass deep down the sideline that was called back on a questionable offensive pass-interference call.
Wright is the Titans' leading receiver this season, and with the recent news of Kenny Britt's one-game suspension, he will likely be the No. 2 receiver in the Titans regular-season opener.
—On defense, the Titans were able to generate a pass rush, once again, this preseason.
Though most of the starting offense for the Saints was resting, as was the majority of the Titans defense, many of the second-string defensive linemen were able to get up field and play behind the line of scrimmage.
It's important not to take too much away from the defensive performance, however, a season after being the weakest aspect of the team, the pass rush is rolling heading into the regular season.
—Very little to be gained in the second half. Sloppy, rather uneventful preseason football.
Keyunta Dawson finished the night with a pair of sacks, and Tommie Campbell had an interception as both teams' offenses were stagnant throughout the second half.
—With the end of tonight's game, it's time to look forward to the final-cut day and the start of the regular season on September 9.
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