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Sunday, August 24, 2014
A priority for Titans' preseason finale

By Paul Kuharsky

The Tennessee Titans wrap up their preseason schedule Thursday night at LP Field against the Minnesota Vikings.

A crisper effort by the first team would do a lot to help the Titans be ready for Sept. 7 against the Chiefs in Kansas City.

One concern I see for the offense at this point is the lack of first-team reps for Bishop Sankey in a game setting. He put his recent fumbling issues behind him in Atlanta, with 16 carries for 44 yards coming without incident.

But all those carries came from handoffs from Zach Mettenberger.

And none of his carries on a regular-season Sunday should come from Mettenberger.

Sure, he gets work with Locker in practices. But the running back-by-committee approach is going to be working for the Titans this season. To ensure Sankey is as ready as possible, he needs to feel what it’s like to work against a front-line defense behind what should be a top offensive line.

The Titans have a chance to give him that against the Vikings, along with some work with Locker in a live setting.

Locker said the offense still needs to work on communication and focus.

I think it would also benefit from Sankey getting a little work with the starters before they are pulled.