Tennesee Titans take on the Pittsburgh Steelers in dress rehearsal game.
Ahhh yes, the regular season is getting much closer. The air is a bit cooler and there’s a smell of dew in the air. For the Tennesee Titans, it’s their third preseason game and the game we’ll see the starters the most. Here are some things to keep a close eye on, as the Titans head up to Heinz Field and take on the Pittsburgh Steelers.
1. The First Team Offense
We’ve seen the first team offense look really good in limited action against the Packers and Buccaneers, especially the maestro of the offense, Marcus Mariota. He’s displayed improved mechanics, manning the offense to 160 yards of total offense and two touchdowns. The first team offense will probably get a quarter and a half to a full half of action or maybe more, depending on the feel of Mike Vrabel. Keep a close eye on this unit and see if they can sustain the success they’ve had over the last two weeks.
2. Corey Davis
It has been a quiet preseason for the former #5 overall pick from two seasons ago. He missed the first preseason game due to an undisclosed injury and didn’t flash in the second game. Now, of course, I have little doubt that he’s going to have a great year and prove all the doubters wrong, but I think we can all agree that we’d like to see him flash a bit before this team heads into the regular season. I mean, who wouldn’t want to? He has the potential to be the receiver this team has been looking for since Derrick Mason wore the navy and two-tone blue. Keep an eye on Davis, as he has a nice matchup against a weak Steelers secondary.
3. Harold Landry and Sharif Finch
Landry and Finch have both shined at times during the preseason. Landry, after falling to the second round of the 2018 NFL draft, has showcased the bend that made scouts fall in love with him during the pre-draft process. As for Finch, he’s displayed a good number of pass rush moves that have gotten him noticed by the coaching staff, essential as he’s a UDFA fighting to make this roster. Look for both guys to get more reps to showcase their play as both Derrick Morgan and Brian Orakpo are not expected to play, and maybe not travel with the team to Pittsburgh.
4. Taywan Taylor
Taylor has had a great camp and had a huge game against the Buccaneers last Saturday at Nissan Stadium. He was the team’s best receiver coming away with four receptions for 95 yards and two touchdowns. One of which he showcased that quick twitch speed that he’s largely known for.Look for Taylor to continue his success in Pittsburgh.
5. Competition for WR4, WR5, and WR6
The Titans have three wide receivers locked into a roster spot. Corey Davis, Rishard Matthews, and Taylor. The remaining three spots look a little cloudy as we head into week three of the preseason. Tajae Sharpe has been a mainstay on this team for the last two years but hasn’t gotten work above Nick Williams and Darius Jennings. Williams has looked great through the first two games and if I were to bet, he’s higher up in the WR pecking order than Sharpe and Jennings. Jennings got first-team reps in Green Bay and even scored a touchdown, but he was relatively quiet last week. As the preseason winds down, we’ll eventually see how the WR order shapes out.
6. Second and Third Team Defense
For the most part, the Titans’ defense has done their job. Well, if you’re only talking about the first team defense, you’re right. As for the backups? Not so much. The backups have been gashed through the first two preseason games. First, giving up a combined 238 yards passing to Tim Boyle and DeShone Kizer. Then, letting Jameis Winston throw for 226 yards and two touchdowns. Simply, the backups have to be better. We’ll see if they can rebound against the Steelers.
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