By Karen Christensen // @ksc47
The best word to summarize the Titans entire pre-season is forgettable. The games were low scoring, boring to watch and all losses. The loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers 16-6 was really something that any Tennessee fan would want to forget.
Our much-loved quarterback Marcus Mariota had one stinker of a run. Mariota only played during the first half, but he only had five completions for 43 yards and one interception. Hopefully, we won’t see this type of play during the regular season.
The last preseason game was played at home in Nissan Stadium against the Vikings. The Titans did not have a single touchdown. Of course, none of the starters for either team played, because the fourth game is all about the reserve players trying for a position on the team.
The final score was 13-3 in favor of Minnesota. Joining Tennesee without a win during the preseason are the Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys, and Seattle Seahawks.
Onward to the start of the season. Here is a list of the final 53 Tennessee Titans as of September 1, 2018.
Quarterbacks (2): Marcus Mariota, Blaine Gabbert.
Kicker (1): Ryan Succop.
Punter (1): Brett Kern.
Long snapper (1): Beau Brinkley.
The Tennessee Titans will open the regular season in Miami on September 9th, against the Dolphins. A big question facing the Titans is which players will be ready to play? The team has already been struggling with injuries. Rashaan Evans has been out with an undisclosed injury (rumor is it is a hamstring injury).
Rishard Matthews and Derrick Morgan are recovering from knee injuries. Malcolm Butler was held out of practice for nearly a week. He did practice last week before the Vikings game but did not play. Delanie Walker and Brian Orakpo have been out with injuries but both have said they will be ready for the Dolphins game.
Head Coach Mike Vrabel has stated that they like players that are versatile and can play more than one position. Injuries are a reason why all NFL teams need multi-talented players. That one quality may be the main factor that shaped the final roster for the Tennessee Titans.
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