Tennessee Titans Look Out of Sync in 7-3 Loss to New York Jets
Hell yeah, football is back! Well, I mean, it’s preseason football, but at this point, football is football. So, I’ll count it. Check back after the fourth preseason game, and it may be a different story. Anyway, yeah – journalism! The Tennessee Titans traveled up to East Rutherford, New Jersey for a date with the New York Jets.
And, let me tell you guys – there’s nothing quite like a sloppy 7-3 football game loaded with turnovers and stuffed run plays to get my blood pumping!
Let’s open up the notebook…
*The first team Titans simply looked out of sync. The offensive line is considered the strength, the bread and butter if you will, of this offense, and they flat out stunk. The Jets, with a pretty decent defensive front, mind you, were running free after Marcus Mariota.
*While the first team offense struggled, let’s remember that this is a meaningless exhibition game. The Titans still have an incredibly talented roster. Plus, Mariota, in limited action, got the chance to do it all. He got out of the pocket, he threw a couple of passes. He took a hit. All around, it was a positive experience. They’re going to ease him back into action, but it’s reassuring to see him hold up.
*Kevin Byard has been killing it in training camp, and made a few plays early on that validated his progress.
*I don’t know if anyone summarized that hit on Alex Tanney better than Poppa Bear did:
For those of you that missed it, Alex Tanney just ‘sploded.
— Poppa Bear (@SoBroPoppaBear) August 13, 2017
*One of, if not the biggest bugaboo for the Titans defense in recent seasons has been giving up the big play. So, you may understand why it’s alarming to see the highly-touted free agent acquisition, Logan Ryan, burned deep by Robby Anderson for 53 yards. Yikes.
*Loved what I saw of the run defense tonight – a defensive line featuring Jurell Casey, DaQuan Jones, and Antwaun Woods could be incredibly formidable.
*Mike Mularkey obviously used this opportunity to use several different offensive line combinations. Josh Kline slid over to center, as Tim Lelito took over at right guard. It’s good to get several guys playing multiple roles – as the season goes on, you’re going to be dealing with injuries.
*A lot of snaps for Taywan Taylor, who looked like everything the Titans drafted him to be. Though his 67-yard touchdown was called back, it was still an electric play.
Taywan Taylor! pic.twitter.com/DoMHip9FXI
— Terry Lambert (@TLambertFB) August 13, 2017
They’re going to send Taylor deep A LOT this season.
*Apparently, Charles Davis thinks Dennis Kelly looks like The Undertaker.
*Alex Tanney got plenty of work under center. Actually, he damn near played the whole game. At this point, don’t we know what Tanney is? Sure, he made some plays, but he also had two really bad turnovers. He’s been so inconsistent, he got people like:
Wouldn’t mind if the Titans signed Kaepernick tbh
— Ty Wurth (@WurthDraft) August 13, 2017
Tanney finished 10/26 for 128 yards, an interception, and a lost fumble.
*During a sideline interview, Delanie Walker told Cory Curtis that the Titans were going to play “hard mouth football.” LOL. Love it.
*The bulk of the returning duties went to Eric Weems. At one point, I thought Weems may be a roster casualty simply based on the numbers – it’s going to be hard for him to standout as a receiver. Plus, the Titans have guys who can return punts and kicks. I find it hard to believe they’ll keep someone around strictly as a returner. But, hey – what do I know?
*Jonathan Krause had a bad drop on a big play. As competitive as the receiving corps is going to be this preseason, every play counts. That one may come back to bite him. Krause does have a great training camp going for him, so he’ll be eager to get that one back.
*Solid game from Kalan Reed. The battle at cornerback is going to come down to the wire, so if Reed wants to stick on this roster, every snap counts. So far, so good – Reed is such a great pure athlete.
*Finally, what the hell was Jon Robinson thinking about at the end of the fourth quarter?
— Stoney Keeley (@StoneyKeeley) August 13, 2017
(Photo Credit: Donn Jones Photography, AP)
Stoney Keeley is the Editor in Chief of The SoBros Network. A strong advocate of GSD (get shit done) and #BeBetter, he’s down to talk Tennessee Titans and Alabama Crimson Tide football over a beer any day. Check him out covering the WWE for WrestlingNews.co. Follow on Twitter @StoneyKeeley, @WrestlingNewsCo