The sporadic football tradition will be hosted by the Tennessee Titans.
The Tennessee Titans will host the Carolina Panthers for a pair of joint practices in mid-August. The two practices coincide with a preseason game between the two, which will take place on August 19 at Nissan Stadium and be the second of the four preseason tilts. The practices will be held at Saint Thomas Sports Park on August 16 and 17.
This will be the second year in a row that the Titans play the Panthers in the second week of the preseason. The Titans fell to the Panthers in last year’s game, resulting in their one and only loss of the preseason. If you don’t remember, Valentino Blake had one of the worst missed tackles many eyes have ever seen on the first drive of the game, which led to a Ted Ginn Jr. 61 yard touchdown.
Thankfully, Blake is no longer on the Titans. And Ginn is no longer on the Panthers. Still, the Titans will look forward to a better showing against their NFC foes.
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This won’t be the first time the Titans hold joint practices. They’ve done it twice in the last five years with the Atlanta Falcons, and have hosted the Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins, and St. Louis Rams throughout the years.
Here’s what head coach Mike Mularkey had to say about the practices.
"“We are excited to be able to get this done after a number of discussions with Coach (Ron) Rivera. These practices certainly will benefit both teams with quality snaps in training camp being so valuable. Facing another team in practice helps you evaluate players in a different environment and improve as a team. It will be a two days of physical play between two competitive teams. I am really looking forward to it.”"
These types of practices are always fun, and they allow teams to get a decent glimpse of the strengths and weaknesses of their team. They’ll get some of that in the first preseason game against the New York Jets, but the Panthers are a better litmus test. Going up against Cam Newton and Christian McCaffrey isn’t the same as facing Christian Hackenberg and Bilal Powell.