YAZOO PODCAST: Five final things about Titans-Colts

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Before we get to kickoff, I've got more to say on five Titans' topics, including how and why a defense may try to shut down Corey Davis, the big moment of concern when Andrew Luck starts to run and how to create some snaps for Rashaan Evans.

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Pickers mailbag: Kenny Vaccaro vs. Johnathan Cyprien moving forward

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Welcome to the big mailbag. Thanks for the excellent contributions. I hope you enjoy the read while awaiting kick off Sunday in another big one for the Titans.

Let's go.

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PK: It’s a shame we didn’t get to see what Johnathan Cyprien could do in Dean Pees’ defense before he got hurt. But Kenny Vaccaro has been a really nice addition and his feisty style fits very nicely in that secondary and alongside Kevin Byard.

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Scout's take: Expect big yards from Titans' running backs

Blake Beddingfield was a Titans' scout for 19 years, through the 2017 draft. He was the team's director of college scouting for his final six years. Follow him on Twitter at @BlakeBeddingfi1. He’s brought to you by Party Fowl. Eat hot chicken and drink boozy slushes in The Gulch, the Boro or in Donelson.

By BLAKE BEDDINGFIELD, special correspondent 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Scouting notes heading into the Titans’ game in Indianapolis on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium...TitansWallHelmetFaceLeft

The Titans will have to focus on stopping the best quarterback in the AFC South in Andrew Luck.

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The veto system: What makes a Titans' play most disposable?

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Crumple it up and toss it.

No matter how good a play may have looked when it was put in the plan on Tuesday, it’s up for reconsideration on Friday.

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What factors make a play most disposable?

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Titans' TE Jonnu Smith said he never had any doubt

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – In six games, Jonnu Smith had three catches for 23 yards.

JonnuSmithProfileThrust forward into the leading role at tight end for the Titans once Delanie Walker suffered a season-ending injury in the opener at Miami, Smith was struggling to be a factor in the passing game, and he wasn’t blocking well either.

He didn’t need to have Walker-level stats to be a successful piece of the Titans’ offense, but he needed more than that, and he moved from a when to if question for me.

It wasn’t about when he was going to turn into the guy they envisioned with a third-round pick in 2017 it was about if he was ever going to turn into that guy.

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Marcus Mariota's ability to 'ride and decide' adding degree of difficulty to defending Titans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The football is so far handed off, there is no way it’s coming back, and a defense will react accordingly, playing a running back run.LewisHandoffPatriots

And that’s when Marcus Mariota manages to finish his ride with a last-second move that changes everything, retracting the handoff, changing the course of the play and completely altering the dynamic of the defense that needs to be played.

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Colts ahead of Titans at addressing their trouble spot

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – For as long as the Titans and Colts have been division rivals, Tennessee has had well-documented issues at receiver. And for nearly that long, the offensive line has needed work in Indianapolis.SharpeSmithPatriots

Sunday, when the two team’s square off at Lucas Oil Stadium, each will enter the game having dealt with a long-standing position of concern. I refer back to this story about long-lasting team gluts at specific positions as much as anything I’ve written. It’s a bewildering issue.

But as is often the case in the rivalry, it’s the Colts who have pulled ahead.

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Scouting review: Handsy DBs keyed big day for Titans' defense

Blake Beddingfield was a Titans' scout for 19 years, through the 2017 draft. He was the team's director of college scouting for his final six years. Follow him on Twitter at @BlakeBeddingfi1. He’s brought to you by Party Fowl. Eat hot chicken and drink boozy slushes in The Gulch, the Boro or in Donelson.

By BLAKE BEDDINGFIELD, special correspondent

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A full scouting review of the Titans’ win over the Patriots…

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Kenny Vaccaro’s hit on James White on the first play on defense set the tone for the game and the defense never let up.

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