With a lot of expectations from people all across the league, the Titans (1-2) have performed very well and very bad throughout three preseason games. The offense was very less than stellar in the two preseason losses against the Jets and Bears. However, the offense was stellar in the victory in game two of the preseason against the Panthers. The defense has been off-and-on through the three preseason games. They only allowed seven points to the Jets (although it was the first team defense who allowed the touchdown). They played very well in the first half against the Panthers before allowing 17 points in the second half and blowing a 14 point lead. However, the Titans still played well overall and came out with the win.
The offense has been really up and down through the first three games. Marcus Mariota and the first team offense did not put any points on the board in the first game and struggled again last week against the Bears with multiple overthrown balls.
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However, Mariota did look sharp in Week Two against the Panthers and still made some nice throws last week as he went 12-21 for 193 yards and one touchdown. Mariota may have also found a new favorite target in Taywan Taylor. Taylor has done very well in the first three games and looks like an easy replacement for Kendall Wright.
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The Titans have yet to see Corey Davis take the field but there is nothing wrong with that as they do not want to force anything on his hamstring before the regular season gets underway. We did see DeMarco Murray finally take the field this past week against the Bears with six carries for sixteen yards. This is another situation where the Titans don’t want to force an issue with his hamstring injury either as he will be the primary back heading into the regular season. Derrick Henry has had a nice preseason and has shown that when DeMarco is not in the game he can come in and still get the job done.
Week One of the preseason was sloppy for both teams as the final score was only 7-3. However, it was the Titans first team defense that allowed that Jets touchdown early on in the game. Jurrell Casey was flagged for a questionable low hit on the quarterback that led to a 53-yard bomb the following play right over the top of newly acquired Titans cornerback Logan Ryan. The defense looked a lot better in Week Two as they only allowed 10 points in the first half. The defense did struggle throughout the second half as they blew a 14 point lead before coming in the clutch down the stretch by forcing a fumble and recovering it that led to the game winning touchdown. Adoree Jackson struggled at corner this past week against the Bears and even he knows that he will have to step it up as the season is near. However, Jackson has shined on the special teams and was recently named the Titans starting punt returner.
While a lot of people have been looking at the bad things throughout this preseason, the Titans have still had good things happen as well. A lot of fans get to critical during the preseason but this is why we have the preseason, to find the conflicts that we have had to far and adjust to make them better for the regular season. In the words of Aaron Rodgers, “R-E-L-A-X”. It’s just the preseason.