Final Tennessee Titans notes previewing St. Louis Rams
By Will Lomas
The Tennessee Titans had their last full practice before playing the St. Louis Rams, and here are the last notes fans will have to go on before the game.
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All information is sourced from Terry McCormick:
On the last day of practice the Tennessee Titans lined up Taylor Lewan, Byron Bell, Brian Schwenke, Chance Warmack, and Jeremiah Poutasi from left to right. For what it is worth, I think that is the best lineup for this team right now without any additions.
Maybe I would start Fernado Velasco at center, but he has been having technique issues so I am ranking them evenly right now.
How long will we see Marcus Mariota and the starters?
Well, again Whisenhunt said that the starters should play into the second quarter so we should see a lot of the same from the offense. However, I would guess that Brian Orakpo, Derrick Morgan, and the other defensive starters play a lot more this week.
Who won’t play?
Ken Whisenhunt said that the following players will miss the game on Sunday: Sammie Lee Hill, Jason McCourty, JR Tavai, Yannik Cudjoe Virgil, Blidi Wreh Wilson and Zaviar Gooden.
That means that Jonathan Massaquoi should play a lot this week, maybe two quarters or more. It will be interesting to see where he is at after not playing last week.
Delanie Walker news.
While I don’t expect Walker to play in a meaningless preseason game, the Tennessee Titans tight end is saying that he will test out his hands in warm-ups and if everything works out alright then he might play a little bit.
I think this week the Tennessee Titans will commit to the running game early and often. This team does not want to get into a situation where a new offensive line is dealing with a talented defensive front that can pin their ears back.
I expect David Cobb and Antonio Andrews to get the majority of the carries, and I think that they will come out with a two tight end look using Antony Fasano and Craig Stevens if Delanie Walker is healthy. Also, don’t rule out Jalston Fowler playing a lot of reps early to grind out some yards.
I also expect to see much more of Dorial Green-Beckham this week with the Tennessee Titans liking what they see in him. I could see both he and Justin Hunter getting 5-10 snaps with Marcus Mariota and the first team offense this week.
Gregg Robinson was terrible for the St. Louis Rams last week, and got smoked by the Oakland Raiders pass rush. So don’t be surprised if Dick LeBeau (if they have gameplaned for this) brings some pressures to the left side of the offense to disrupt an already inept passing game.
While this week should be a good test of the new offensive line, the defensive line for the Rams wasn’t great last week. Only two defensive linemen graded out with a positive grade and neither of them were starters.