13 things I think I learned about the Titans in the preseason
The Titans wrapped up their preseason with a 2-2 mark, winning twice in the friendly confines of LP Field and losing twice on the road.
[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=Jason+Jones+Titans&iid=9486835″ src=”http://view2.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/9486835/nfl-titans-training-camp/nfl-titans-training-camp.jpg?size=500&imageId=9486835″ width=”234″ height=”334″ /]It’s probably an appropriate record. Give or take a game the 2010 Titans probably are a middle-of-the-road team. If Jeff Fisher coaxes them to 10-6 he will have done a masterful job. If they go 6-10 they will have been a disappointment. If they go .500 they will have done what most experts expected.
Here are 13 things I think I learned about the Titans during this preseason:
1. The depth along the line has to be among the best in the league. Cuts from the Titans d-line will be on other teams’ active rosters this season.
2. DT Jason Jones (pictured) is gonna have a monster year. Put him down for at least 6.5 sacks and a spot in the Pro Bowl.
3. The secondary remains a question mark. The Saints picked on No. 1 CB Cortland Finnegan with Patrick Ramsey and Robert Meachem. I know it was Finnegan’s first action of the preseason after returning from a groin injury, but that can’t bode well. Jason McCourty looks like he’ll be the starter opposite Finnegan; he’s the best option at this point, but he’s gonna be targeted frequently.
4. If top pick Derrick Morgan doesn’t turn out to be the best defensive rookie on the team — and he very well might after a slow start — then it will be fourth-round pick Alterraun Verner. The fourth round has been very good for the Titans in recent years, yielding starters such as LB Gerald McRath, DE William Hayes, G Leroy Harris and LB Stephen Tulloch.
5. I’d still like to see Vince Young use his legs more. He still misses chances to take off, though we’ll chalk that up to the preseason. The Titans are selling his improved maturity hard
6. Javon Ringer is a more-than-capable backup to Chris Johnson and deserves 5-8 touches per game. He’d be a starter for at least six other NFL teams.
7. The tight ends are way better than the wide receivers.
8. If Jared Cook can catch 90 percent of the balls that hit his hands he’ll have a very big year.
9. Kerry Collins’ arm looks as lively as ever.
10. I think one of the toughest decisions the coaches will face when it comes to roster cuts is whether the No. 3 RB is Samkon Gado or LeGarrette Blount. At least with the rookie Blount there’s the option of the practice squad.
11. The line should be very good again, but it has had some communication issues in the preseason that twice led to sacks. It’s cause for at least mild concern.
12. Marc Mariani, not Damian Williams, will be the primary return guy. I like the kid, but it still is a little scary to entrust punts and kickoffs to a rookie.
13. Suddenly the Titans have to figure out how to block on punts. Two blocked punts by the Saints will have Jeff Fisher and special-teams coach Alan Lowry scrambling for answers in a hurry.