Titans preseason: Standouts and duds from win over Buccaneers

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Here’s some tough love for two Tennessee Titans rookies

Caleb Farley, cornerback

While we shouldn’t panic, we have to point out the fact that Caleb Farley hasn’t played football in almost two years, so while watching him get burned by Scotty Miller on a double move in the second quarter, no one can ignore that had Miller been able to stay in bounds, we’d all be talking about that play a little more.

Maybe that’s nitpicking as no one should panic. Farley should make this team, and coaches have to balance playing time with the refusal to put these guys in harm’s way unnecessarily. Farley will learn from this, but it’s still ironic that Elijah Molden notched eight tackles and a sack while we have nothing to talk about the first-rounder today.

Dillon Radunz, offensive lineman

Okay, again, don’t panic. The Titans have employed a little trial by fire with their rookie, Dillon Radunz. They’ve basically decided that, as much as they can, they’re going to throw this young man into the deep end of the pool and force him to learn how to swim on his own.

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Sometimes, he looked okay. Most times, he didn’t, but as is the case with Caleb Farley, no one should panic. We all acknowledge that quarterbacks need reps. The same is true for linemen. Let this young man take his lumps. It will pay off down the road. Call it tough love, but for now, Farley and Radunz are in the dud category.