The Titans won their final preseason game last night, defeating the New Orleans Saints by a final score of 10-6. The biggest Titans-related news yesterday, though, was that news of Kenny Britt’s suspension came down, and it was for just one game. I was very pleasantly surprised to see that news, as I was anticipating a longer suspension. One game is a more standard penalty for a first-time DUI, but given Britt’s history of legal difficulties (eight arrests since being drafted), I thought commissioner Roger Goodell would find a way to throw the book at him. Considering Britt was just activated off the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list last week and likely wouldn’t have played many plays in Week 1, this is about as good a situation as the Titans could have expected. Assuming health, he’ll make his season debut in San Diego in Week 2. Hopefully this trip goes better than the one in 2010 where he suffered the hamstring injury that caused him to miss the Titans’ next four games.
As to the game last night, the Saints rested about a third of their roster, including almost every starter, and Sean Canfield played the entire game, just like he did last year. Jake Locker played 28 snaps and was 9-16 for 81 yards, plus 2 rushes for 22 yards and a fumble inside the 10. The Titans scored three points in his four possessions, on a drive that began at the Saints 24 after the first of four New Orleans turnovers.
Of the areas I highlighted yesterday, Darius Reynaud and D.J. Woods had kickoff and punt returns (Craig Stevens also returned a kick, I’d bet as an upback). Woods and James Kirkendoll both had a catch, but none of the marginal receivers put up big numbers like Tramon Douglas did a few years ago. (Fun fact: Tramon Douglas is now Director of Athletic Operations at Alcorn State.) On the defensive line, Keyunta Dawson had a couple sacks and a couple quarterback hits; if Dave Ball’s not ready, he may have earned a spot. At cornerback, Ryan Mouton didn’t play because of his concussion, and Tommie Campbell, Chris Hawkins, and Coty Sensabaugh got pretty much equal amount of playing time. I saw reports during the game Troy Kropog Ryan Durand left with an injury, but Mike Munchak didn’t address his or any other injuries in his postgame press conference.
The Titans will have to be down to 53 on the active roster by 8 PM tonight. Total Titans will have full coverage throughout the day as the reports of cuts come trickling in.