Titan Insider: Raiders, Cuts, Spain



Titans Look Good In Win

There was plenty to like from the Tennessee Titans first-team offense in Saturday night’s 27-14 preseason victory over the Oakland Raiders.

There are also still plenty of concerns about the Titans defense, which gave up a first-drive touchdown for the third straight week and appears to still have issues in the secondary, giving up two TD passes to David Carr.

As for the offense, the first half was a perfect blueprint of what the Titans want to do. The Titans used the rushing of DeMarco Murray and later on Derrick Henry to pound the ball behind an offensive line that looked strong and efficient, returning to the form they showed in the first preseason game.

As for the passing game, Marcus Mariota was on point, completing 9 of 16 passes for 170 yards. His 60-yard pass to Tajae Sharpe helped set up Murray’s 1-yard TD run on the opening series that gave Tennessee a 7-0 lead.

“(Marcus) Really (made) some of the throws on third down, staying the pocket, he was getting pressure from the outside, and stepping up and making some of the throws,” Titans coach Mike Mularkey said. “And with his feet, he’s a dangerous weapon for us and it showed tonight.”

See the rest of the game re-cap here.

First Set Of Titans Cuts Made

The Tennessee Titans parted ways with cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson, defensive end Ropati Pitoitua, linebacker Deiontrez Mount and center Andy Gallik along with eight other players on Sunday.

The Titans also waived safety Lamarcus Brutus, tackle William Campbell, receiver Donte Foster, linebacker Amarlo Herrera, receiver Reece Horn, cornerback Tyler Patmon, offensive lineman Nick Ritcher and defensive end Mike Smith.

Those moves still have the Titans needing to make two moves to get to 75 players by Tuesday.

Wreh-Wilson, a third-round pick in 2013, had been a starting cornerback for the Titans in 2014, but had struggle at times in coverage. The Titans had moved him to safety this season to try and enhance his chances of making the roster. He played in 34 games for the Titans with 14 starts and one career interception over three seasons.

See coaches comments on decisions

Spain Named O-Line Titans Starter

Quinton Spain will be the Tennessee Titans opening day starter at left guard against the Minnesota Vikings on Sept. 11.

Spain, an undrafted second-year pro, turned back challenges from former starting center Brian Schwenke and rookie sixth-round pick Sebastian Tretola in camp and preseason to maintain the starting role he had for the final six games of 2015.

“I think we’re going to go into the Minnesota game (with Quinton). I would say that right now,” Titans coach Mike Mularkey said. “We’re not going to have a lot of opportunity in this next game based on how we’re gonna play it to really give anybody a fair shot.”

Spain was part of a Titans offensive unit that scored on all four of its first-half drives in Saturday’s 27-14 victory over the Oakland Raiders. The offensive line helped the Titans run for 132 yards against Oakland with 106 of that coming from the starters in the first half.

See the rest of the O-Line notes here.