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Observation Deck: Tennessee Titans

8/9/2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Heavy rains that produced flash flood warnings fell for much of the night, and the Tennessee Titans' first team had little chance to reveal much about itself Saturday night at LP Field.

The Green Bay Packers were better when it mattered most, but the Titans recovered and beat the visitors, 20-16.

Here are some other thoughts on the Titans' first preseason game of the year:

  • Backup strong safety Daimion Stafford laid two big hits and looks to be on a nice course to backup Bernard Pollard and maybe get in track to eventually succeed him. Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt singled him out for a compliment in halftime comments.

  • Second-team center-guard Chris Spencer suffered a left ankle injury and was carted off the field. That got undrafted rookie Gabe Ikard into the game ahead of schedule. Spencer is the top inside reserve, though Taylor Lewan can play guard, not center. Inside linebacker Colin McCarthy left the game with a left shoulder injury in the third quarter.

  • Charlie Whitehurst isn't known for his scrambling and looked to put himself in ridiculous trouble with a spin move and backward run under heavy pressure in the second quarter. But the Packers' Mike Neal missed him and Whitehurst recovered to find rookie running back Bishop Sankey at the first-down marker. Sankey turned it into a 24-yard gain.

  • The Titans defense gave up that eight-play, 64-yard touchdown drive at the start despite the fact that Green Bay's starting offense didn't include quarterback Aaron Rodgers, running back Eddie Lacy or receiver Jordy Nelson.

  • Third-string left outside linebacker Brandon Copeland had a chance at a big play after rolling quarterback Scott Tolzien lost a fumble as he cocked his arm to throw early in the third-quarter. But Tolzien grabbed him, flung him back and got back to the ball to recover.