Three things: Saints at Titans

September, 2, 2010
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Three things I’ll be looking for in Saints at Titans:

Control: The defending Super Bowl champion Saints are just seven days from their season opener while the Titans have 10 days before their opener against Oakland. New Orleans will play the starters who play very little, while Jeff Fisher uses this as the primary warm-up game with front-liners into the third quarter. Given that, if Tennessee’s starters don’t look a good deal better than the Saints’ backup crew, it won’t signal great things.

Revelations at corner and linebacker: As this game is considered the dress rehearsal, it’ll be a big development if we see rookie Alterraun Verner starting opposite the now-healthy Cortland Finnegan as opposed to Jason McCourty. And the outside linebacker who starts opposite Will Witherspoon -- probably Colin Allred -- is very likely the guy who will fill in during Gerald McRath’s four-game, season-opening suspension.

Return men: Fisher won’t hesitate to use Marc Mariani as his primary return man come the start of the regular season, and he will get the chance in the first half of this game. But Damian Williams still rates as the favorite. He’ll get his work in the second half and needs to be mistake free. A big play would really help him.

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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