Scout's take: Titans' offensive line, corners will face challenges vs. Giants

By BLAKE BEDDINGFIELD, special correspondent

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The New York Giants are under a new front office and head coach in Brian Daboll who comes from the Buffalo Bills as their former offensive coordinator.

The focus on the team in the offseason was to acquire high-level players through the draft and free agency to add to a team that was void of any real NFL superstars.

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Kyle Philips/ Pool photo, Donald Page, Tennesse Titans 

The team that the Giants will run out on the Nissan Stadium field in Week One will be young but has talent on each level of the offense and defense.

Their depth will be suspect, but this is just the start of their build.

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Subjects I delve into:

  • The offense getting into a rhythm and finding a groove
  • The stink of Cincinnati
  • Protection for Ryan Tannehill, and one great thing about him
  • Figuring out the Giants on the fly
  • Finding big plays in the passing game
  • Josh Gordon's timetable
  • Roger McCreary playing outside and in
  • Derrick Henry's numbers and the frequency of stacked boxes
  • How Malik Willis gets better now
  • Officiating points of emphasis
  • My picks for the league
  • A couple stats to know

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans need to be a bigger play offense.

Per Inside Edge, Ryan Tannehill has completed passes for 20 or more yards on just 79 of his 1,012 total passing attempts (8) since the 2020 season, the eighth-lowest rank amongst qualified QBs.

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Last season, the Titans threw for 20 or more yards on 35 of 535 attempts last season, fourth-worst in the NFL.

And they open the season Sunday without the one most explosive receiver they had, A.J. Brown who they chose to trade over a contract battle during the draft.

So where do they turn as they search for an increase in X plays, what they call explosive plays?

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Mike Herndon: The Titans' Derrick Henry and stacked boxes

By MIKE HERNDON, columnist

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Over the past three and a half seasons, Derrick Henry has compiled some incredible numbers. Since taking over as the Titans' primary back late in the 2018 season, he’s carried the ball 987 times for 5,089 yards (5.16 YPC) and 50 touchdowns in just 43 games.

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An average Derrick Henry game over that stretch looks like this:

  • 23 carries, 118 yards, and a touchdown

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- For the bulk of what’s behind them, the Titans ran their first-team offense against the first-team defense.

For what’s ahead of them, that won’t happen.Malik WIllis

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Now, when the Titans’ offense works, it will be against a defense composed of backup defenders, running sets it looks at on a card prior to each play, meant to imitate an upcoming opponent.

Similarly, the Titans’ defense will be running against a scout-team offense running carded plays that are what coaches have seen from the team and/or coordinator who will be on the field for the next game.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans had a long weekend to come to terms with the loss of a key cog in their defense and two newcomers had some time to start to get acclimated.

Harold Landry is out for the year after tearing his ACL during Wednesday’s practice.

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The team hopes waiver claim Derrek Tuszka (TUSK-uh) from the Steelers can be part of the replacement plan.

And they signed often-troubled Josh Gordon to their practice squad in the hopes of bolstering a weak group that is without Racey McMath for at least four games.

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  • The top things they have to overcome
  • Why there is room for 11 rookies
  • The praise for Dez Fitzpatrick while they cut him, again.
  • Should we trust the judgment on Dennis Daley?
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  • Craig Aukerman's core special teamers and expecting actual results
  • The Titans and fantasy football

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Last week, I wrote about how difficult it was going to be for Rashad Weaver to get snaps on defense despite his excellent training camp and preseason play.

Well, it's not going to be difficult anymore.Harold Landry

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Harold Landry, fresh off a new five-year $87 million dollar contract with $35.25 million guaranteed, tore his ACL at practice Wednesday per Adam Schefter. That means he will be out for the season.

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