AFC South: Sammy Piscitelli
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Vince Young was the lead story for the Titans Sunday night in a 27-20 preseason win over Tampa Bay. When owner Bud Adams took a couple questions about the backup quarterback's future, that landed in a news story you'll find here.
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|Titans quarterback Vince Young was more confident in Saturday night's exhibition game.|
"I know what it feels like, all these people doubting all the time. Can Vince do this, is Vince going to be the No. 2? ... He goes out there and shows exactly why we drafted him, because he makes plays," said running back LenDale White, who saved Young from his one bad play, kicking a lateral out of bounds.
Said Kerry Collins: "I thought he operated well, he did what he can do, stepping up and making plays. I thought for the most part he made a lot of good decisions."
Beyond Young, here's a six-pack of what struck me from the Titans' performance at LP Field:
1. Britt left the game limping with a right ankle injury but said he'd merely been stepped on and anticipates missing no practice time. The TD was nice, but he's got to be able to score when he's left all alone thanks to coverage mishaps. I thought his first catch, a 38-yard reception up the middle, was the play that showed a lot more. He got cracked just after pulling it in by defensive back Will Allen and held on.
2. Collins said he didn't see the safety on his first interception, a bad ball intended for Nate Washington in the middle of the end zone that was picked by Sabby Piscitelli. His other interception came on a pretty good play by defensive end Stylez White, who leapt to deflect the pass, then managed to corral it on his way to the ground.
"That's what preseason's about, you make mistakes and learn from them and it doesn't cost you big," Collins said. "I need to make a couple better decisions, but this thing is a work in progress."
3. Third-round pick Ryan Mouton, the cornerback from Hawaii, jumped a pass from rookie Josh Freeman aimed for Patrick Carter and turned it into a 29-yard touchdown. Mouton played nickel in the first half with Vincent Fuller out with a groin injury, then moved outside for the third quarter.
"For a couple plays they'd been throwing the hitch out there and trying to get the three step game, so I got a good read, the coaches do a good job telling us to get the three step read," Mouton said. "I picked up on a three strep read and just broke on the ball."
None of the corner candidates behind Cortland Finnegan, Nick Harper and Fuller have stood out for the Titans so far. Maybe this is the play that sparks Mouton in the competition with Cary Williams, DeMarcus Faggins and Jason McCourty.
4. Defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson didn't want to beef about his unnecessary roughness penalty for a takedown of Byron Leftwich late in the second quarter. I initially thought Vickerson hit Leftwich in the head, but replays showed he didn't. The penalty was for the way he drove the QB into the ground.
"I've just got to get there faster I guess," Vickerson said. "He just told me it was how I landed on him, I guess that I used a little force. But I'm 310, that's hard to turn in midair when you're going down and Byron Leftwich is not a little quarterback. That's how you play it, right?"
5. The Bucs average gain per pass play, and there were 36 of them, was a whopping 3 yards.
6. White provided the best Twitter fodder of the night for @espn_afcsouth: "#Titans RB LenDale White with line of night, saying owner Bud Adams could turn 'Smash and Dash' into 'Smash, Dash and Cash.'"