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One more look back at the Tennessee Titans rookies in Week 1

How did the young guys play?

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Before the flurry of matchup posts and projections tomorrow, let's take one more look back at how much of an impact this rookie class made in week one.

QB Marcus Mariota: 13-16, 209 yards, 4 TDs, no INT

-What can you say about Mariota? It was the most dominant day any Tennessee Titans player has had in the better part of a decade, since at least the days of Chris Johnson's 2,000 yard season six years ago. He gave this offense a huge spark and was undoubtedly an elite player in Week 1.

Can he sustain it? Who knows, but for one week he was undeniably great.

WR Dorial Green-Beckham: No catches

-The game plan has always been to bring DGB along slowly after a long gap between games played. He has all the potential to be a stud in the league, but the Titans didn't need him in game one so he didn't play a lot. He did get in late and had a nice catch and run, but that play was called back for holding.

RT Jeremiah Poutasi: 59 snaps, +3.0 run blocking grade from PFF

Poutasi was strong in the running game and he didn't get exposed in the passing game. You have to be encouraged by the way the offensive line is starting to come together. It is no surprise that the Titans offense looks better across the board with an accurate and smart quarterback, but you have to give Poutasi credit for a very nice start.

NT Angelo Blackson: 19 snaps, 3 tackles, one sack

That is a huge statline for a nose tackle that played just 19 snaps. Blackson looks very good on the line and it looks like the Titans will have a three-man attack there with Sammie Hill, Al Woods and Blackson who are all above average to good defensive linemen.

FB Jalston Fowler: 27 snaps

Fowler was a very good blocker in his first game and ended up with the 6th highest grade of any fullback in Week 1. From here on out he will be used more in the passing game than he was this week, in fact he was supposed to catch a touchdown pass, but Mariota found someone in better position to make a score.

OLB: Deiontrez Mount: 29 snaps, one INT, one PBU

Mount looks like someone who is going to become a good player under the tutelage of Dick LeBeau. In very limited snaps he should have had two interceptions and he looks good as a pass rusher. I expect him to be a great role player to give Derrick Morgan and Brian Orakpo a breather every now and then.

DNP: Andy Gallik, David Cobb