The final preseason game is usually a snooze for the starters, while the prospects get the chance to make a case for surviving when the team has to cut down to 53 players on Friday. However, Munchak wants to give Jake and the first team offense more snaps to get in rhythm, so the plan is to play that group into the second quarter. The defense will still hit the bench earlier, but expect to see Chris Palmer throw the whole playbook at Jake in their last dress rehearsal before it's showtime a week from Sunday.
Speaking of the 53-man roster, it'll be interesting to see the approach the franchise takes regarding Dave Ball, who still hasn't practiced since his latest concussion. A healthy Dave Ball would be a big help for a defensive line that's looking much stronger than it did last year, but Ball is treading on dangerous ground with all of these head injuries. I'm sure the Titans will wait as long as they can, and consult with the veteran DE closely, but in the end I expect he'll get an injury settlement, or a trip to the IR.
Marc Mariani talked with Jim Wyatt about his gruesome leg break, and the sensation that was more terrifying than seeing his tibia and fibula sticking out of his sock: the fear of never getting to play again. Luckily, that shouldn't be the case. His recovery will likely take a full year, but there's no ligament/tendon damage that will stop him from reaching 100%.
Sorry fans of Leroy Harris [this kids, is called a straw man argument], a few days rest won't undo 2+ years of overall subpar play. Hopefully the further removed he gets from recent knee and shoulder surgeries the better he'll play, but that's a pretty low bar considering how terrible he's been in the first the preseason contests.
Robert Johnson has been so prevalent in the Titans' scheme the past two weeks Jordan Babineaux has almost been forgotten. However, he hasn't been replaced, says coordinator Jerry Gray. Apparently Gray is looking towards using all three safeties in various combinations, but it's not a matter of a winner-takes-all competition that will result in anyone being benched.
Lavelle Hawkins has followed his best year as a Titan with a notably quiet training camp, but with Mariani out he'll start to see his opportunities increase.
So what's next for Vince: the CFL or the Arena league?
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