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Sunday, August 10, 2008
Game reviews: On Tamme, Bruce and Ganther

By Paul Kuharsky
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

Preseason stats often don't mean much, but I thought it'd be worth poking through Saturday night's AFC South results to see what stood out. I think I covered Houston sufficiently from Reliant Stadium, so here's a quick thought on each of the other three teams:

Indianapolis Colts

By adding two tight ends in the draft, the Colts gave themselves quality options beyond Dallas Clark. While Tom Santi isn't back yet from the same surgery that has sidelined Peyton Manning, Jacob Tamme had a good showing in the overtime loss at Carolina -- five catches for 57 yards and two touchdowns.

"He played really well," Clark said. "The opportunities he had, he took advantage of them. He played awesome and made some big-time plays out there against some good defenders. It's definitely a confidence-builder for him.

"Slowly, it will all come together."

Jacksonville Jaguars

Defensive end Mkristo Bruce didn't even make the team's media guide. An undrafted rookie in 2007, he was originally with Miami. He signed in Jacksonville on July 25. And in the Jaguars' win over Atlanta he notched 2.5 sacks, and sacks at any time and in any way, shape or form are big for the Jags considering a) how determined they are to rush the passer better against premier AFC teams and b) that first-round draft pick Derrick Harvey is still missing.

Jack Del Rio after the game:

"He had 14 sacks one year at Washington State. He's got some natural rush ability. He did some good things. We really signed him in case (Derrick) Harvey held out, we were going to give him a chance and we told him when we signed him that 'look, if Harvey reports tomorrow you're going to be gone after one day, but we'd like to get a look at you.' And he was eager to get into camp and he's done a nice job for himself. He's come in here and worked hard. He's got some decent size and has a frame that he can grow a little bit and he has done a nice job representing himself, taking advantage of the opportunity and given himself a shot to make a favorable impression. So, we'll see. A couple weeks into it, he's done a nice job working at it."

Tennessee Titans

LenDale White did well with early carries, though he failed to convert a fourth down, and Chris Johnson announced himself with a 66-yard touchdown run that showed everyone his ridiculous speed.

But it was Quinton Ganther who posted the biggest rushing numbers in the Titans win over St. Louis -- eight carries for 115 yards and two TDs.

Vince Young on Ganther:

"Q has been through a whole lot. He wants a chance. He wants to play. He works so hard at practice and it shows up on the football field. He's just a good guy period. Everybody loves him. His daughter is one of the brightest girls I've ever met in my life at her age. Things like that and then just him off the field, he's a great guy. On the field, when he comes to practice, when he's on that practice squad and he's running ball for our defense, he's really running that ball to give Coach Fisher a look at him a whole lot so he did that tonight. I'm definitely proud of him tonight, just like the team is. We're definitely proud of him."

A seventh-rounder out of Utah in 2006 Gather is a hard-working practice player who gives the defense a great look. But he rates behind LenDale White, Chris Johnson and Chris Henry. And it appears unlikely the team keeps a fourth tailback.