The Good, Bad, and Ugly From the Tennessee Titans’ first game.
The Tennessee Titans fell to the New York Jets in a 7-3 defeat. There is no reason for alarm at this point, but the Titans do have some things to clean up. Here is this week’s edition of the good, the bad, and the ugly from the Titans game against the Jets.
- Titans second-year safety Kevin Byard seemed to pick up right where he left off. Byard had two tackles for loss on the first series.
- The young linebackers looked good. Fifth round rookie Jayon Brown got involved early and often. Second-year pro Aaron Wallace found himself around the football often as well. Seventh round pick Josh Carraway also made some plays for the Titans. One thing that stood out about Carraway was his speed off the edge.
- Rookie wide receiver Taywan Taylor made the play of the game when he caught a 42 yard pass from Alex Tanney. The play was originally ruled a 67 yard touchdown, but it was called back after review. Taylor did a nice job adjusting to the football in the air, attacking the football, and winning the contested catch.
- Kalan Reed spent time at cornerback and as a single-high safety. Reed looked good in coverage and was willing to stick his nose in and make a tackle in the run game.
- The New York Jets marched 72 yards down the field to score a touchdown on their first drive, but they never scored anymore points after that.
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- The Titans offensive line played terribly. Center Ben Jones looked lost at times. Jones is not the only one at fault here, as there was no push in the run game and linemen consistently got driven backwards on passing plays.
- The starting secondary looked similar to last season. Instead of just letting opposing receivers run open, defensive backs hung with them but allowed receivers to make those contested catches.
- Backup quarterback Alex Tanney looked horrible. It may not be fair to give Tanney such an awful grade due to the play of the offensive line, but Tanney made bad decisions and committed two turnovers.
- Marcus Mariota almost threw an interception on a play where he and Delanie Walker weren’t on the same page. Mariota looks to be as good as new again, which is great for Titan fans, but if the offensive line doesn’t improve, he won’t be for long.
- The very next play after Mariota left the game, Alex Tanney was nailed by Jordan Jenkins. Tanney had to leave the game for a short time afterwards to enter the concussion protocol.
- The Titans allowed eight sacks! Allowing eight sacks and giving away two turnovers, the Titans are very fortunate the score wasn’t much worse. If it were any other team but the Jets, it probably would have been.
- After investing money and high draft picks in offensive weapons, the Titans weren’t able to find the end zone.
Although this game was sloppy and poorly executed, the Titans have plenty of time to clean up errors and turn things around. Their next game will be against the Carolina Panthers on August 19.