Two of the four teams in the AFC South played in preseason action on Friday night, the Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars. While all the questions the team had were not answered both say a few things that they had to like:
Titans head coach Mike Munchak was hoping to see Jake Locker take a big step forward in his development tonight and take over the starter's role, but instead it looked like he was not quite ready for prime time yet. Locker was 4-11 for 21 yards and one interception--not exactly much for a head coach to rest his hat on.
Hasselbeck wasn't much better in the yards department with just 29, but his 4-5 throwing is pretty nice. It's hard to say that Hasselbeck deserves to start though. If the quarterback play is going to be lackluster the team might as well go with Locker. Since he's young the team can at least hope he'll improve.
Titans can believe that CJ2K is back for the time being. Chris Johnson looked like the running back of old against the Bucs. On the night he had 10 carries for 46 yards and two TDs.
The team could find itself in a rather unique situation this season. Darius Reynaud is listed as a wide receiver, but on the night had seven carries for 75 yards including a long of 39 yards.Reynaud did well last week as well running five times for 29 yards, most of coming on a 21-yard romp for a TD. He also returned a punt 85 yards to paydirt.
It will be interesting to see how the team decides to utilize Reynaud going forward. His value as a return man is pretty obvious so far (TD last week; 42-yard return this week). Could the team decide to feature the run this year behind Johnson and Reynaud?
It has worked in the past (Johnson and LenDale White). Although White was more of a power back and neither Johnson or Reynaud fit that role. It will still be interesting to see what the team will do going forward. if Reynaud keeps making plays like he has been the Titans would be foolish not to get the ball in his hands.