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Tennessee Titans third preseason game preview

The Titans finally play at home at LP Field this preseason, in front of some enormous new video boards. They take on the Arizona Cardinals this evening at 7 PM CT in a game that will be shown nationwide on ESPN.

Here’s what I’ll be keeping my eye on tonight:

  • Jake Locker. His second career start, his first home start, and his first start since the Titans declared he was the winner of the quarterback competition. His performance last week was, well, not so good. He’s not going to get benched, but I want to see something from him this preseason that makes me really optimistic about this year.
  • The running back battle. In yesterday’s roster prediction, I found a place for all four running backs, plus a fullback on the roster. I’m not convinced that’s set in stone, especially which fullback the Titans might keep. Can Collin Mooney continue to look good and earn a spot? Is Jamie Harper’s roster spot in trouble?
  • Pass rush. The Cardinals don’t have a particularly good starting offensive line. If the Titans were able to pressure the Bucs in a team effort, they should be able to pressure the Cardinals as well. If they can’t, I’ll be at least a bit concerned.
  • Defensive back battles. The Titans are unlikely to keep six corners and four safeties. That means no more than two jobs for Chris Hawkins, Ryan Mouton, Al Afalava, and a player like Aaron Francisco. I gave the edge to Mouton and Afalava yesterday, but the situation is still at least potentially fluid. Who gets the snaps tonight, and how do they play?

I plan to chime in on the comments section of this post as the game is going on, and will probably also be yakking away on Twitter as well.