Taywan Taylor needs to play cleaner

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – On the play of note, Taywan Taylor was excellent Sunday.

On a third-and-31 he got open up the middle, caught perfectly placed pass from Marcus Mariota, bounced off defenders and chugged for extra yards.TaylorvsPanthers

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Three reasons the Titans' loss to the Bears isn't the tragedy you think

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Three reasons not to worry about the Titans looking so bad in their preseason Week 3 loss to the Bears:

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Something on everybody on the Titans from the loss to the Bears

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Here’s the third, and perhaps final, installment of my look at everyone out of a Titans’ preseason game.

Thursday night in Kansas City is likely to feature very few starters and some cameos and may lend itself to more of a specific review of the most important people.

As for the Titans’ 19-7 loss to the Bears:FullSizeRender 28

2 WR Mekale McKay – Did not play (hamstring).

4 K Ryan Succop – Missed a 40-yard field goal wide left. Got two touchbacks out of three kickoffs.

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Marcus Mariota off target, Adoree' Jackson not good in loss to Bears

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans were shaky in their Week 3 preseason 19-7 loss to the Bears.

A few quick observations:

1) Rookie cornerback Adoree' Jackson started and moved to the slot in the nickel with LeShaun Sims taking over outside. A few times Jackson was close and gave up a catch anyway. But he also gave Kendall Wright way too much room on one play and committed an end-zone pass interference penalty. He pressed a bit as the punt returner as well. Overall, it was not a very good afternoon, and one that leaves plenty of room for Sims to stay in the No. 2 corner spot on defense.

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Derrick Henry's next challenge

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Derrick Henry has been pretty great to this point in the preseason.

At practices as he’s been the No. 1 back during DeMarco Murray’s recovery from a hamstring issue, Henry looks like every bit a load-carrying, No. 1 guy. He’s got a team-high 24 carries in two preseason games for 65 yards with two touchdowns. The yards-per-carry is a low 2.7, but Carolina’s front is awfully good and there were some dead ends Saturday afternoon that were hardly the back’s issue alone. I doubt he'll have that much trouble with a lateral move in the backfield against anyone else.

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The Titans don't see an issue with Marcus Mariota's throws to the right

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Is everything right with Marcus Mariota’s throws to the right?

The Titans think so, but his work in 27 NFL games offers evidence to the contrary.

In numbers I looked at when I was still with ESPN, throwing to the right third of the field between 10-20 yard, Mariota has completed 42.7 percent of his passes as compared to 57 percent to the same area to his left.

And from 20-30 yards, it was 27.3 percent to the right versus 40 percent to the left.

(Warren Sharp took a close look at Mariota’s throws in this interesting piece. He’s a handicapper and I don’t know much about him. I cannot double-check or vouch for his numbers.)

The right side does seem to be an area where the Titans’ QB can struggle when he’s off. But Mariota doesn’t see it a specific problem, and talks more generally about his feet and their role in bad throws.

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