What did we learn?
- Mariota is ready for week 1. Marcus got the nod to start, and wasted no time getting on the board. He was 2 for 3 with a drop, including a bomb to Harry Douglas, who outraced defenders on his way to six. While it wasn't a difficult throw, it did showcase Mariota's patience in the pocket, as he was not rattled by the pass rush or too skittish to break the pocket. He ends the preseason with a 102.9 passer rating.
- Cody Riggs and Chase Coffman continue to make their case for this roster. Riggs has a hand considering the Titans CB injuries to McCourty and Wreh-Wilson just now returning to action. He had a strong game versus both the run and the pass. Coffman had another good game today too, including a highlight-reel hurdle over a defender, followed by a fight for more yards. He looks like a consistent threat as a pass catcher.
- Deiontrez Mount could be pretty good. Along with the defensive line, which looks fairly deep with Klug, Pitoitua, and Blackson, he applied heat on Minnesota QB's all night. Mount has some good examples to follow in Morgan and Orakpo. This preseason, the group has been pretty decent at applying pressure, and look stouter in the middle against the run. Backup Jonathan Massoqoui didn't look too bad either.
- Zach Brown is coming along. Or at least it seems that way. He was the lone starter left on defense for quite some time against Minnesota. In that span, he made some big tackles, including a couple for loss and some pass pressures to boot. The Titans need him to step up on the inside this season in a big way.
- Antonio Andrews has the quality to make this roster. He showed plenty of physicality and vision tonight, gashing the Vikings when the lanes were there. A few times, he made something of nothing. Never hurts to have some quality at the running back position behind your starters.
...and finally, who knew Angelo Blackson and Ryan Succop were the 2 point conversion specialists?! That's a surefire Sports Center highlight for tomorrow. Blackson also finished the night with a sack on a big fourth down. Gotta love seeing that from the big rookie.