Jim Wyatt drops three quick notes from yesterday's practice. Brian Orakpo has started the season off strong. He has three sacks so far this season, and that ties him in fifth place with other players in the league. This is the first time in his career that he has racked up three sacks in the first three games. Fun fact: he now has 50 career sacks. Lewan's has been playing quite well so far this season. PFF (which still sucks) recognized him on their Team of the Week, and he had their highest offensive player ranking with 90.7. His penalty was discussed again, but I am so over it that I'm moving on. Injuries! Wright was once again a full participant, and his return is still on track for Sunday. Walker was limited, and it will come down to how he feels on Saturday to if he plays or not. Searcy is looking to be out for extended time, Spain and Sharpe were both limited, and Riggs did not practice.
Quick Hit: Stafford is emerging for the Titans.
The Titans are looking to end the first quarter of the season on a high note. McCourty notes this is a big game. It's against a division rival, a chance to finish the quarter at 2-2, and a chance to bounce back after a loss. Both teams have played each other 28 times since 2002, and the Titans hold the series lead at 15-13. The Texans have a few differences this season. They have a new Quarterback (again) in Osweiler, a new running back with Lamar Miller, and no JJ Watt. Despite the loss of Watt; the Texans have a solid defense. I want the Titans to win so bad. Obvious statement I know, but still.
Quick Hit: Mariota is playing worse despite having better protection.
Kendall Wright brings a different element to the offense.He is quick, elusive, and unpredictable, and that sets him apart from the other receivers on the team. Robiskie said that Wright is a quicker guy with a lot of energy, and is hopeful Kendall will give the offense a boost. The receivers need some help. So far, in three games, the receivers have totaled 32 catches for 335 yards, and one touchdown. Sharpe currently has the most catches, and most yards, out of the group. Robiskie stated that Wright is a big player for the team, and that it will be interesting to have him back. Walker calls Wright a playmaker, and that he gives Walker the opportunity for one-on-one matchups when he is out on the field. Please help, Kendall. You're our only hope.
Quick Hit: LeBeau praises Kevin Dodd.
Let's check out three key matchups for Sunday's game. Brian Orakpo vs. Left Tackle Duane Brown. As I said above, Orakpo has started out well this so far this season, and will be looking to sack Osweiler, who has been sacked 6 times so far this season. Tajae Sharpe vs. Jonathan Joseph. The rookie will more than likely be matched up against the 11 year veteran, and hopefully he can post some big catches in the game. Finally: McCourty vs. DeAndre Hopkins. Hopkins has been a nightmare to deal with in the recent history of the Titans. Shut him down, McCourty. Play the best you've ever played!
That's all for today. Happy reading!