Four Tennessee Titans players to watch in Week 4 vs. the Texans.
This week will be another tough test and could potentially show us if the Titans have officially arrived. Over the past several years, the Titans have struggled in their division and a big reason for those struggles have come from the Houston Texans. A win in Houston would put the Titans at 3-1 and a huge 2-0 in division play.
Here are four Titans players to watch in this week’s matchup.
Just last week, we were all writing DeMarco Murray off and ready for his role to diminish. However, Murray showed off the 2016 version of himself and ripped off the longest touchdown run on the Seahawks since 2009.
Also, last week was the healthiest he has looked since he injured his toe last season and his hamstring this preseason. This week will be another important game in making sure Murray stays healthy and fresh. He and Derrick Henry had an even split in carries against Seattle, and that could be the best route to go with Murray, who is now 29 years old.
Adoree’ Jackson has been better at cornerback than what anyone could have expected at this point in his career. Every team has targeted him during the first three games, and it should be no different with the Texans.
It won’t be surprising if the Texans line DeAndre Hopkins up against him and throw Jackson’s way multiple times. Hopkins has already been targeted 37 times through three games this season.
Of course, Jackson is also a must-watch in the return game. He broke a touchdown last week, but it was called back due to a questionable block in the back. Maybe this will be the week a touchdown of his stands.
This is Marcus Mariota’s third season, but this will only be the second time he faces the Texans. He missed both games his rookie season and missed the season finale in 2016, all because of injuries.
In his lone game against Houston in Week 4 of 2016, Mariota completed just 44.8% of his passes and threw one pick in a 27-20 loss.
Without a doubt, the Titans need Mariota to play much better this time around and build off arguably one of the best starts of his career from last week.
Rishard Matthews was the only bright spot at wide receiver in 2016 and after a complete re-haul of the position this offseason, he is still at the top of the depth chart.
Yes, Corey Davis has been injured and would most likely be the top option, but Matthews has a knack for getting open. He is so reliable and is always getting open on third down. Look for him to make some clutch catches against the Texans this week.