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

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Greetings from the home office in the middle of the night, where I've stayed up to try to piece together a comprehensive look at the Titans from their 30-14 loss to the Buccaneers at Nissan Stadium.

I watched the game at Nissan Stadium, talked to a few people, worked on this a bit then headed here to the home offive to review the telecast.

Here is much of what I saw.

3 K Austin Barnard – Punted three times for a 41.3 net average, pinning two inside the 20.

4 K Ryan Succop – Did attempt a field goal. Hit the first of the Titans PATs.

6 K Brett Kern – Punted three times for a 44.3-yard net average, pinning one inside the 20.

7 QB Blaine Gabbert – Hit on 10 of 16 passes for 116 yards and a touchdown, good for a 105.2 passer rating. Ran well on one 13-yard gain that could have been bigger if Will Clarke didn’t trip him up with a shoestring play.

8 QB Marcus Mariota – Finished with four successful passes in seven attempts for 80 yards, 47 of which came on a receiver screen to Taywan Taylor who took it 47 yards for a score. Made a terrible throw with little conviction on his first deep shot that landed well inside and short of Corey Davis. Impressively threw left-handed while warming up Luke Falk on the sideline.

10 WR Michael Campanaro – Did not play.

11 QB Luke Falk – Completed eight of his 12 throws for 64 yards and took one sack.

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Pickers mailbag: Breaking down Marcus Mariota issues

pickers vodka 847x63NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Thanks for solid questions this week for the mailbag, brought to you by Pickers Vodka.

Have some.

If you missed the podcast with Madison Blevins, you should go listen now. Put it on in the background while you read this.


Nima Abbassi How much of Mariota's negative practice report (underthrows, overthrows, picks) would you apportion to 1) quality of defense he's going against, 2) the new scheme, 3) attempt to rebuild fundamentals, 4) Robiskie's ghost. A pie chart is welcomed

PK: Easily question of the week because of the chart request.

Here you go:

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YAZOO PODCAST: One Titan who's gotten a bit of a pass so far

YAZOO podcast stripeNASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Camp is technically over, which begged for a podcast review, so here we are.

Thanks to Madison Blevins who rejoined me after some time apart to help steer the conversation.BlevinsPodcast

We hit on some of the best stuff I saw at training camp practices, the way Mike Evans and Jason Pierre-Paul reacted to the Titans during the joint practices, the defensive backs against much better talent than the Titans have, the progression of the screen game under Matt LaFleur and a bit of a free pass Blaine Gabbert is getting right now.

Part 1, like podcast versions of my public Periscope and Facebook Lives, will be available through iTunes, here, or directly through the Vokal website, here. Feel free to hook us up with a rating and review on iTunes.

If you're a member of the site, Part 1 and Part 2 are together, and all you have to do is head below the line. 

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Beddingfield: Advanced scouting of Titans-Buccaneers

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By BLAKE BEDDINGFIELD, special contributor

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Week one is done, it is on to the second week and the team’s first home game.

Any bad vibes that happened in week one can easily be put to rest quickly with a good showing in week two. 

Also, good vibes can turn to bad just as quickly. It is very important the first units perform well.BeddingfieldName

The first home game will increase the play time for the starters, so the coaches and the fans can get an extra look at the team that will be on the field when the regular season begins.

The two days of practice versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that lead up to this preseason game will bring some interesting tidbits during the game on Saturday.

Will the Buccaneers play their top players in the game after having two physical practices? Will the Titans play theirs?

Will the competition from practice bleed over into the game?

The competition will be high and the knowledge of what each opponent can do will be sharp. 

The Titans first-team offense played well last week in a limited view.  It is now time to show consistency and be able to put together multiple strong drives. 

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With camp technically over, a review of the Titans so far

TicketsBar2NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Titans are done with the team hotel and practices aren’t open to the public any further. They may still be in camp mode, but reporting out of practices is over, so it’s a good time for some review.

Most improved: Taywan Taylor is a different guy than he was last year. Better field awareness. More assertive. He played exclusively on the outside until the last couple days when Matt LaFleur started shuffling receivers to get everyone to know everything. I’m impressed with Taylor, who I was down on last year, and I think he’s a key piece of the offense now.


Most disappointing: By not talking injuries, the Titans set up Rishard Matthews and Rashaan Evans to be named here. We have no idea how serious their injuries are. But it’s a huge disappointment that have not seen Evans work since the third day of camp and

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Mike Evans praises Titans' cornerbacks, Corey Davis


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – As someone who’s covered a team since 1996 that has failed to find or develop a single, top-grade receiver, seeing one up close is of high interest.

Mike Evans is likely the best receiver to step foot on the Titans practice field since Marvin Harrison visited with the Colts for joint camp work before the AFC South formed in 2002.

And while Jason Pierre-Paul was condescending when asked about Taylor Lewan, Evans was just about delightful with regard to the Titans’ cornerbacks he faced Wednesday and Thursday as well as about Tennessee’s second-year receiver Corey Davis.

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Jason Pierre-Paul scoffed when I asked him about Taylor Lewan

LewanBossNASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A high-level pass rusher and the newly minted highest-paid offensive linemen in the game made for a matchup to watch over two joint practices between the Buccaneers and the Titans.

The Bucs tweeted out a Wednesday one-on-one matchup where Jason Pierre-Paul made two moves on Taylor Lewan with great success. When I shared that on Twitter, I said Lewan would surely seek vengeance.

I thought Lewan had a mostly effective day against Pierre-Paul on Thursday, with one exception where the defenders started outside, swiped Lewan's hands away, got inside and quickly chased Marcus Mariota out of the pocket.

After practice, I sought out JPP and walked about 35 yards with him.

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Mike Evans provided truer test of Titans' secondary

TicketsBar2NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Matt LaFleur recently spoke of how if you try to see everything, you can wind up seeing nothing.

I’ve found that to be the case in joint practices, where the Titans’ offense and defense work separate of each other. And so Wednesday with the Buccaneers joining the Titans, I decided to stick with the defense.IMG 3719

And the most striking thing about the defense was, on some plays, no matter how well a very good group of defensive backs played, there was no stopping Mike Evans.

The 6-foot-5, 231-pound smooth-moving receiver is unlike anything the Titans see daily in practice and the type of dominant receiver the franchise has been searching for, without success, since it moved to Tennessee.

During one-on-ones he was doing things like this:

And this, which is just filthy:

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