Tennessee Titans: 5 Things to watch in game 2
By Les Bailey
Aug 14, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons wide receiverLeonard Hankerson
(85) runs against Tennessee Titans linebackerAvery Williamson
(54) during the first quarter at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
If you watched the first series in Atlanta on Thursday night, you probably saw the same thing I did. Matty Ice and the Falcon starting offense marched the ball down the field and scored while most fans were still getting their first beer.
There was no pass rush and Matt Ryan stood in the pocket where he picked the Titans secondary apart. In fairness, the Titans D did shut down the run, but that just forced the Falcons into what they do best.
Matt Ryan to Roddy White…Matt Ryan to Roddy White…Matt Ryan to Roddy White…you get the picture.
I’m not sure we saw the best that Dick LeBeau had to offer, but this week against Nick Foles and an offense that scored only three points in Oakland in week one, we should see more of Brian Orakpo, and Derrick Morgan in the Rams backfield.
It was major triage on the Titans sidelines as linebackers were going down with regularity throughout the game.
So much so, that on Monday, the Titans cut wide receiver Clyde Gates and signed some help from the Indianapolis Colts by acquiring OLB Andy Studebaker.
Linebackers, Zaviar Gooden (hamstring) Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil(hamstring) and J.R. Tavai(knee) are all questionable for the Rams game. Blidi Wreh-Wilson (ankle) DaNorris Searcy(foot) and Jason McCourty(groin) are all questionable for the game as well.
Andy Studebaker was drafted in the sixth round by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2008, and had 15 tackles with the Colts last year with one forced fumble. He has 110 career tackles with two forced fumbles and two interceptions.
Sounds like a career backup and a warm body for a defense that could be in trouble.
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