NFL Nation: Alex Mortensen

Posted by's Tim Graham

CANTON, Ohio -- What a rush it must have been for Reggie Corner, bolting up the sideline into the end zone in his Buffalo Bills uniform after intercepting a pass in the stadium where he played high school football.

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  Buffalo Bills cornerback Reggie Corner intercepted a pass from Titans rookie quarterback Alex Mortensen, son of ESPN's Chris, for a touchdown.
Corner is a graduate of Canton McKinley High, which plays its games at Fawcett Stadium next to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, where the Bills and Titans kicked off the preseason Sunday night. He had dozens of family and friends in attendance. They watched him run it in for a touchdown.

Now Corner's wondering if it might come back to haunt him.

The quarterback Corner intercepted is Titans rookie Alex Mortensen -- of the ESPN Mortensens.

That's right. His father is Chris Mortensen, who was watching from the press box.

"Wow. Hopefully, he don't bad-talk me," Corner said with sheepish grin when informed who he victimized in the fourth quarter.

The play would turn out to be Alex Mortensen's last.

The undrafted free agent from Arkansas relieved third-stringer Patrick Ramsey. Mortensen completed his first NFL pass, a 10-yard gain to running back Rodney Ferguson for a first down.

His next pass sailed past tight end Craig Stevens and straight to Corner. Ramsey went back into the game on the next possession.

"The quarterback's a good quarterback," Corner said. "He showed poise for the most part. It's preseason. Everybody makes mistakes."

But will Corner be monitoring Chris Mortensen on ESPN in the coming days?

"I'm pretty sure I'll hear about it if something goes sideways," Corner joked.

Posted by's Paul Kuharsky

Some quick hits on the Titans in the wake of their preseason opener, a 21-18 win over Buffalo in the Hall of Fame Game:

  • In our first real glimpse, veteran receiver Nate Washington appeared to add just what the Titans were looking for when they signed him away from Pittsburgh -- a more dynamic pass catcher.
  • If you don't think quarterback Patrick Ramsey looked better than Vince Young, particularly in the command department, you weren't watching the same game I was.
  • It looked to me as if rookie running back Javon Ringer was better than the competition he was on the field against. He may not have Chris Henry's measurables, but he's just more of a football player. In four more preseason chances, he's got to get some carries with at least the second string.
  • The deep defensive line is going to have to come in waves and stay fresh, but if the group stays healthy, it has the horses. NBC did a nice job spotlighting second-round defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks in the second half, showing us his combination of strength and speed.
  • I thought rookie linebacker Gerald McRath showed up a lot on special teams.
  • Is it better as a quarterback to come in, complete a pass, throw a pick six and get replaced ... or not to play? I'm guessing fourth-stringer Alex Mortensen, and his dad, ESPN's Chris Mortensen, would both choose the first scenario, but I'm sure it felt lousy Saturday night. Ramsey returned to finish things after the interception return by the Bills pulled them within five points.
  • Veteran safety Donnie Nickey has absolutely no argument about the flag he drew for the head shot he delivered to Jonathan Stupar late in the fourth quarter. That could make the officials tape as an example of what they are trying to prevent.