What to watch for during Titans-Vikings The final preseason game is always a little bit ridiculous


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What to watch for during Titans-Vikings The final preseason game is always a little bit ridiculous

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Neither team really wants to be there and the few starters that actually suit up don’t stay on the field for long. It usually ends with some unknown running back getting 20 second half carries as the team tries to run the clock out and get on to preparation for Week 1 as soon as possible. That being said Cheap Corey Davis Jersey , there are a few compelling reasons to tune in for this one.Rishard & Rak Return?Jim Brown-USA TODAY SportsThe Titans got great news this week when Rishard Matthews was activated off the PUP and returned to practice. For all the progress that Corey Davis, Taywan Taylor, and Tajae Sharpe have shown over the offseason, Matthews is still the most reliable receiver on the roster. He’s led the Titans receiver room in receiving yards and touchdowns each of the past two seasons. Getting Matthews back on the field will be a huge help for Marcus Mariota and the passing game. Vrabel said that they “might target Rishard for Thursday” which means there is a chance that we see #18 on the field briefly as he continues to try to knock the rust off prior to Week 1 in Miami. If he does play — and that’s a pretty big “if” — I would expect it will just be for a series or two at most. There is also a slim chance that we’ll see Brian Orakpo get a few snaps on Thursday after he returned to practice for the first time since injuring his shoulder on the second day of training camp. Like Matthews, Rak is a steady, productive veteran who will be a big asset for this team as they get geared up for meaningful football. Correa’s DebutPhoto by Joe Robbins/Getty ImagesThe Titans sent a 2019 6th round pick to the Ravens on Tuesday in exchange for linebacker Kamalei Correa. Correa is expected to play mostly as an edge rusher/outside linebacker in Tennessee, though he can also contribute as an inside linebacker as needed. He has the benefit of two years experience in a Dean Pees defense which should help him hit the ground running, but getting some snaps with new teammates in a live game setting could be helpful for the newcomer. Derrick Morgan is still recovering from a torn meniscus and likely a couple weeks away from a possible return. To make matters worse, on Tuesday Harold Landry and Sharif Finch were both absent during the portion of practice open to the media while Aaron Wallace and Brian Orakpo were doing side work with other players easing back in from injuries. That would leave Josh Carraway and Tobenna Okeke as the top two fully healthy edge rushers on the roster. No offense to those guys, but it’s no wonder Jon Robinson felt compelled to make a move for Correa. Even though Correa has played for Pees before, the Titans defense is unlikely to be exactly the same as what he was running in Baltimore. It would make sense to me for him to see a good number of reps on Thursday to help speed up his integration in to the outside linebacker rotation. Depending on the status of guys like Morgan and Landry and Wallace over the next couple weeks, it’s possible that Correa could be an opening day starter for the Titans. Bubble BattlesBenny Sieu-USA TODAY SportsThis is normally the biggest reason to watch the final preseason game and it should still provide some interest despite the possible overshadowing from Matthews, Orakpo, and Correa. I feel like most of the roster has been determined at this point, but there are still a few spots that could swing on a big performance Thursday night. A few that I’m interested in:Akrum Wadley vs Dalyn Dawkins: Will the Titans keep 4 RBs and if so, which of these two gets the nod? The wrinkle here is whether or not Wadley will be healthy and available Thursday night. He could use a good final impression before cut down day in my opinion. Darius Jennings vs Deontay Burnett vs Devin Ross: We know the top 4 WRs Cheap Austin Johnson Jersey , but there is at least one and possible two spots for other receivers to make the final cut. With Nick Williams likely to miss Thursday night with a hamstring injury, this is the chance for one of the young guys to make a move.Anthony Firkser and Luke Falk vs numbers at other positions: Falk and Firkser are in similar spots. Both need to convince the Titans to keep an extra player at their respective position and both likely have some work left to do to get there. I actually like Firkser’s odds better than Falk’s right now. Kenneth Durden vs The Field: Durden has separated himself from the rest of this competition over the last two weeks with his impressive play. I think guys like Rico Gafford and Joshua Kalu are on the outside looking in right now. Durden will have a chance to further drive his claim on the 5th cornerback spot home on Thursday.Julius Warmsley vs Matt Dickerson: These two have blown by the incumbent DL5, David King, during camp and preseason. The question now becomes which one — if not both — make the roster. They’ll get one final chance to show what they can do Thursday night.Robert Spillane vs Daren Bates: Spillane is a guy who has clearly made a big impression on Mike Vrabel during his time here. The head coach spoke glowingly about his young linebacker this week and made the comment that “loving football will get you a good, hard look around here”. That sounds to me like a guy who has at least worked himself in to the conversation at inside linebacker. All of these guys listed above should see a lot of snaps against the Vikings (except for possibly Wadley due to the injury) and could certainly help or hurt their case for the 53-man roster based on what they’re able to do with those opportunities. Will the Titans go winless in the preseason for the first time since 1997?Obviously, preseason records are completely meaningless, but the Titans haven’t gone winless in the preseason since the 1997 season when they played in Memphis as the Tennessee Oilers. Over the past five seasons, ten teams have gone 0-4 in preseason action. Three of those teams — the 2017 Falcons, 2014 Colts, and 2014 Cowboys — went to the playoffs. For what it’s worth, the 1997 Oilers finished the season 8-8, missing the playoffs. The record truly isn’t going to matter one way or another.Another similarity between the 1997 Oilers and the 2018 Titans is that they were/are both quarterbacked by 24 year olds. The 1997 season was McNair’s first as a starter after sitting for most of two seasons behind Chris Chandler, but his stats from that season are startlingly bad. He completed just 52% of his passes with a yards per attempt of 6.4 while throwing 14 touchdowns to 13 interceptions. McNair turned out to be a pretty darn good quarterback, splitting the MVP award in 2003 with Peyton Manning, but it took time for him to get there.Unlike many other NFL positions, quarterbacks don’t truly peak until their late 20’s. Even some of the best in the game today struggled through ups and downs during their early 20’s. Go check out some of the stats from Drew Brees and Tom Brady when they were 24 years old. Aaron Rodgers didn’t start his first game until he was 25. My point is that it’s largely unrealistic for the expectation to be that a quarterback enters the league and becomes a year-in-year-out star before age 25. Those guys are extremely rare. Only Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck really fit that description among the current crop of NFL quarterbacks and obviously Luck has had his issues since that hot start.Obviously http://www.titanscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-jayon-brown-jersey , Mariota has far more game experience at 24 than McNair did at the same age and he should be held to a higher standard, but overall he’s still a very young quarterback and he shouldn’t be viewed as a finished product, especially considering the fact that he’s on his 4th playcaller in as many seasons. All Titans fans want Mariota to be great right now, but I would advise patience as he continues to learn yet another new offensive system and continues his development as an NFL quarterback.
Titans Camp Battles: Starting Inside Linebacker For the first time since 2013, the Titans opening day starters at inside linebacker won’t be Wesley Woodyard and Avery Williamson. The team let Williamson walk in free agency and now must replace him in the starting lineup. There are three primary competitors to take the spot next to Woodyard in the starting lineup. The most notable is rookie first round pick Rashaan Evans. Evans’ talent level and status as a 1st round pick should give him a shot at the starting lineup as early as Week 1, but I don’t think that should be considered a foredrawn conclusion at this point. In minicamp Mike Vrabel commented that Evans “is not where he needs to be to start for our defense, and that’s OK. ... I think he’s improved. We all have a long way to go.”While nothing has been definitively reported on this, it appears from clips of OTAs that free agent addition Will Compton was working with the starting group alongside Woodyard. We will see if that was really the case when camp opens on Thursday, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him there at least initially. Compton has 5 years of NFL experience and 33 starts under his belt from his time in Washington. He also spent most of that time as the defense’s primary signal caller so it would not be surprising to see him out ahead of the pack early as the new scheme is getting installed. Jayon Brown is the other guy that factors in to this mix. He played a lot during his rookie season, primarily as a coverage specialist — something he does very well. I would expect Brown to have a significant role in the defense again in 2018, but the question is whether he can step beyond the passing down role and become a true contender for a starting role. To do that, he will need to demonstrate the ability to hold up at the point of attack in the running game. Brown has once again drawn rave reviews from the coaches and media during offseason work and seems to be a lock to have at least some role in this defense in 2018.Another wild card at this position — at least in sub-packages — could be backup safety and special teams ace Brynden Trawick. Last season Trawick got very little action on defense, playing just 4 snaps total outside of special teams, but a new staff could bring new ideas. One meeting room scene from the most recent Igniting the Fire episode appeared to show a potential nickel package with players numbers in various positions on defense. The most interesting part of that package was the appearance of “41” — Trawick’s number — penciled in as a backup Will linebacker behind Jayon Brown. New Titans defensive coordinator Dean Pees used a converted safety as his Will linebacker last season to great success. Patrick Onwuasor, a 6’-0”, 217 pound safety who went undrafted in 2016 Cheap Kamalei Correa Jersey , was moved to inside linebacker by the Ravens and by the end of his second training camp became a starter next to C.J. Mosley. He was the team’s second-leading tackler behind just Mosley last season.I don’t know that I would expect the same success for Trawick, but at 6’-2” and 225 pounds, he’s even bigger than Onwuasor. It’s an interesting idea that could give Trawick a more viable route to getting on the field on defense, though it’s hard to see him taking snaps away from Brown if everyone is healthy.Rounding this position group are Daren Bates, Nate Palmer, Nick DeLuca, and Robert Spillane. Bates and Palmer have been around, but are primarily special teams contributors. DeLuca and Spillane are UDFAs who will have a really tough road to making the roster given the talent and experience of the 6 guys ahead of them — 7 if you count Trawick.If I’m guessing today, I expect that Woodyard is likely to be the 3-down linebacker wearing the green dot communication helmet at least to start the season. It is only a matter of time until Evans takes that role though. Whether that time comes in camp or during the season or even next offseason will depend primarily on how quickly the rookie is able to show Mike Vrabel that he “knows what to do and can play fast and aggressive”. If Evans is not quite ready for that level of responsibility right away, that’s OK. He will have a chance to contribute as another rush option on 3rd downs at the very least while he gets up to speed.So I would expect that Woodyard and Compton are the top unit in base defense with Compton coming off for Brown in nickel packages for the start of camp with Evans pushing to force his way on the field as quickly as possible. Again, that’s not a slight at Evans. I think he’s going to be an excellent player — you can get my full thoughts on him here — and expect him to have a major role by the end of the season, but for a team expected to contend it could benefit them to bring Evans along slowly.How the team balances the snaps between those 4 will be among the more interesting storylines in camp and leading up to the season.


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