The Titans came out and imposed their will on the Chargers last night. That is what we have been hearing all offseason that this team was going to do. It was good to see them do it in game #1. Hopefully they can continue to build on that and get better as the season goes along.
Here are some of the winners and losers from preseason game #1:
Last night it looked like just plain ol' smashmouth, but whatever the case, the Titans revamped offensive line and running backs looked good in the opener. Having two big backs like DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry is going to be a huge advantage in the 4th quarter for this team if they can keep games close.
Murray carried the ball 6 times for 93 yards- including a 71-yard touchdown run where he looked like the 2014 version of himself.
Speaking of stud running backs, Derrick Henry picked up where Murray left off and ran for 74 yards on 10 carries with a touchdown. His feet looked quick and he made some really nice cuts.
Sankey didn't get in the game until late, but he had a nice 41-yard touchdown run. He is in a battle with David Cobb and Antonio Andrews for the final running back spot. I have to give Sankey a slight edge at this point.
The rookie safety picked off our old friend Zach Mettenberger and was around the ball all night long.
The Make A Wish playcallers
The first two plays of the game were called by people that one the right to do so in an auction for Make A Wish. Those 2 plays went for 15 and 31 yards respectively.
Hunter was only targeted once and didn't have a catch. His chances of making this roster keep getting slimmer and slimmer.
Click-bait time! DGB did have one catch, but a guy with his ability playing against 3rd and 4th teamers should be putting up some big numbers. Green-Beckham didn't, and it even looked like he quit running on one deep ball from Alex Tanney late in the game.
Cobb didn't play because of an injury. That sucks for him, especially when the rest of the running backs ran so well. He will need to show something in the remaining preseason games.
A long-shot to make the roster anyway, Ellis didn't help himself by putting the ball on the ground.