The Tennessee Titans played the Green Bay Packers in the first week of the preseason on Thursday of last week. The game didn’t exactly go the Titans way as they were beat 31-17 by the Packers. However, even in a loss we can pull some positives from the game. There are some players that stood out for the Titans in this game, especially on the defensive side.
The first player that stood out was running back Akrum Wadley. He did not have a great game, but he showed promise in multiple areas. He was able to hit holes but they seemed to close up on him quickly and the one run that he looked like he was going to break away he got stripped and lost a fumble. He tried to make up for it late with a 64-yard kickoff return that put the Titans in Packers’ territory. He got the bulk of the playing time managing to get nine carries only for 27 yards and three catches for 11 yards. I think Wadley showed some promise, but needs to work out some details in his game. Luckily, the Titans have plenty of time to do that with Derrick Henry and Dion Lewis carrying the load this year at running back. Wadley could turn into an intriguing return specialist this year.
The next player is linebacker Robert Spillane. In a 3-4 defense that is lacking prominent pass rushers, Spillane really stepped up with eight total tackles and a sack. Spillane isn’t fast enough to be an every down pass rusher, but definitely showed that he could stop the run and get to the quarterback on occasion.
The last player was another linebacker, Jayon Brown. Brown played the middle of the field pretty well for most of the game, accumulating six total tackles. He also was able to intercept a pass off of Brett Hundley when Gimel President hit his arm on the rush. Brown looked like he was really playing for that middle linebacker position. The defense altogether in the first half looked a lot better than in the second and Brown commanding the defense could be one of the reasons why.