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Three things: Titans-Rams

8/20/2011

Three things to look for in tonight’s preseason game for the Titans against the Rams at the Edward Jones Done, where kickoff is set for 8 p.m. ET.

Will the Titans be able to replicate the sort of clean and efficient effort they got last week? In Mike Munchak’s coaching debut, guys knew what to do and generally did it well. They need to build on the well-organized, low-penalty, low-mistake effort. St. Louis on the road in preseason Week 2 should provide a better test than Minnesota did last week in the opener at home. I’ll continue to search for indications of leadership, which are key for progress in all these areas.

Jamie Harper is expected to be the feature back with Chris Johnson still holding out and Javon Ringer dealing with a hip injury. Harper is a more powerful sort of back than CJ or Ringer. The Rams like to blitz, so his ability to pick up a rusher to protect Matt Hasselbeck and Jake Locker will be tested. If he fails there, what he is able to do taking handoffs won’t matter as much.

Munchak has emphasized his desire to see the offense in a live two-minute drill situation in this game. If it gets one before the half, it’s likely Locker will run it. Hasselbeck and the starters are expected to run about 25 plays and starters don’t usually play all the way to intermission in the second game. Johnson and/or Ringer will be a huge part of what the Titans do when they are trying to find points with little time available. Kenny Britt won’t be out there either.