Three things: Titans at Panthers

August, 28, 2010
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Three things I’ll be watching for in Titans at Carolina:

The second corner: Alterraun Verner challenging Jason McCourty for the second cornerback spot. They should both get extensive action since Cortland Finnegan won’t play. Carolina quarterbacks have been miserable so far, though. The Titans would probably like to see Matt Moore and the backups do more to test the secondary so they have something to judge.

Flashes from Damian Williams: He was reliable but hardly spectacular in his first preseason game Monday night. The Titans need the rookie returner to be more decisive and break off a chunk or two. If he can do it against the Panthers’ front-line coverage teams, it would boost the team's confidence that it has a return man, and he could separate him from Marc Mariani.

Plays from linebackers: It would be good to see a solid effort from a linebacker not named Gerald McRath, Stephen Tulloch or Will Witherspoon. McRath is going to be out the first four games. Now would be a great time for Colin Allred, Jamie Winborn or even Rennie Curran or Mike Rivera to have a big game that shouts “I’m your man” to Tennessee’s coaches.

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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