Game Notes: Titans vs. Colts


TITANS TO DRAFT SECOND OVERALL: The Titans will pick second overall in the 2015 NFL Draft.  They and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers finished with 2-14 records, but the Buccaneers will select first overall based upon a lower strength of schedule, which is used as the first tiebreaker in draft order.  In addition to the first round, the Titans will draft second in Rounds 3 and 5.  They will draft first in Rounds 2, 4 and 6 and also have the New England Patriots' sixth-rounder.  They received the extra sixth-rounder from New England in exchange for their seventh-round pick and linebacker Akeem Ayers.


OPPONENTS IN 2015:** All 16 of the Titans' opponents in 2015 have been determined.  As always, they have home and road games against each of their AFC South rivals (Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts and Jacksonville Jaguars).  Based upon the NFL's schedule rotation, the Titans also will face every team from the AFC East, hosting the Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins and traveling to the New England Patriots and New York Jets.  Likewise, the Titans will square off against the NFC South.  They will have dates at LP Field against the Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers and road games versus the New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  Additionally, every team has two intraconference games determined by order of finish within its division.  Because the Titans finished fourth in the AFC South, they will host the AFC West's fourth-place finisher, the Oakland Raiders, and they will travel to meet the Cleveland Browns, who were last in the AFC North.  Preseason opponents as well as dates and times of regular season games are typically announced by the NFL in April.

DELANIE WALKER RECAP: Against the Colts, tight end Delanie Walker led the team with seven receptions for 43 yards.  He finished the 2014 campaign leading the team and setting career highs with 63 catches for 890 yards.  His yardage total set a single-season record for a tight end, and his reception total tied Frank Wycheck (1997) for fourth in a season among tight ends.


WRIGHT'S 215 CATCHES MOST FOR TEAM IN A PLAYER'S FIRST THREE SEASONS:**Kendall Wright's two receptions for nine yards and a against the Colts took his career numbers to 215 catches, 2,420 yards and 12 touchdowns.  His reception total ranks first in franchise history for a player's first three seasons with the team. The next closest total is Webster Slaughter's 184 catches from 1992 through 1994.

WHITEHURST-TO-WRIGHT TD: Quarterback Charlie Whitehurst connected with wide receiver Kendall Wright for a six-yard touchdown in the second quarter.  It extended Wright's career high to six touchdown receptions on the season (12 career) and extended Whitehurst's career high to seven touchdown passes in 2014 (10 career).

QUARTERBACK STARTS IN 2014: Charlie Whitehurst became the third quarterback for the Titans to record at least five starts in 2014.  He joined rookie Zach Mettenberger, who started a team-high six times at quarterback, and Jake Locker, who had five starts.  It was the first year in franchise history the team had three different quarterbacks start at least five games.

WASHINGTON HELD WITHOUT A CATCH FOR ONLY THIRD TIME: For only the third time in his six seasons with the Titans, wide receiver Nate Washington was held without a reception in the game.  Washington has never missed a game in his Titans career, and he ranks ninth in franchise history in career receptions (307) and eighth in career receiving yards (4,591).

PALMER MAKES LATE TITANS DEBUT: Late in the fourth quarter, Jordan Palmer became the fourth quarterback to attempt a pass this season for the Titans, joining Jake Locker, Charlie Whitehurst and Zach Mettenberger.  The sixth-year veteran was signed as a free agent on Dec. 15.  Against the Colts, he completed one pass on three attempts for seven yards.


CAREER-LONG RUN:In the third quarter, on a fourth-and-one play, running backShonn Greenetook a handoff fromCharlie Whitehurst** and rumbled for a 52-yard run, setting a new career long.  It was also the team's longest run of the season. Greene's previous long run was 36 yards against Miami on Oct. 28, 2012 as a member of the New York Jets.

CAREER FIRST FOR ANDREWS: In the second quarter, rookie running back Antonio Andrews recorded his first career reception for six yards.  He later added a five-yard catch.

GROUND SUCCESS: The Titans totaled 142 rushing yards on 24 attempts against the Colts.  It was their third-highest rushing total of 2014 and their highest since a 149-yard effort against the Cleveland Browns on Oct. 5.

LEVITRE STARTS ALL 16 GAMES AGAIN: Left guard Andy Levitre recorded his sixth consecutive season to begin his career with starts in all 16 games. He started every contest for four years in Buffalo and has started all 32 games in two seasons with the Titans.

WARMACK JOINS ELITE GROUP: Right guard Chance Warmack became the fourth rookie in the "Titans era" (1999–present) to start all 32 games for the team in his first two NFL seasons, joining Jevon Kearse (1999–00), Tank Williams (2002–03) and Michael Roos (2005–06).

FIRST SACK FOR JONES: In the first quarter, rookie defensive lineman DaQuan Jones dropped Andrew Luck for a seven-yard loss to record the first sack of his career.  The fourth-round pick also forced a fumble on the play, but the ball was recovered by Indianapolis.


The Tennessee Titans take the field for a 2014 Week 17 game against the Indianapolis Colts at LP Field. (Photos: Donn Jones, AP)

JONES 18TH PLAYER WITH A SACK:With rookieDaQuan Jones** notching a sack in the season finale, the Titans defense had 18 different players with at least one sack in 2014, the most for the team since individual sacks became an official statistic in 1982.  Previously, the season with the most Titans/Oilers players with at least one sack was 17 in 1986.

FOURTH-DOWN STOP: In the fourth quarter, the Titans defense stopped the Colts on third-and-one and again on fourth-and-one.  On third down, they tackled running back Zurlon Tipton for no gain, and on fourth down, they took Tipton down for a one-yard loss.

KERN TIES FRANCHISE RECORD: In the second quarter, Brett Kern booted a punt that went 79 yards.  The punt was the longest of Kern's seven-year career and also tied a franchise record.  Previously, his longest punt was 71 yards at Miami on Nov. 11, 2012.  The Titans/Oilers record for longest punt was set by Jim Norton against Kansas City on Nov. 22, 1964 and never equaled until Kern's attempt.  Kern punted seven times against the Colts for a gross average of 54.7 yards per punt, a net average of 46.1 yards per punt and three punts inside the 20.  His gross average was the third-highest of his career.

SEASON-LONG RETURN BY WASHINGTON: In the second quarter, Leon Washington recorded his longest kickoff return of the season, setting up a touchdown drive with a 52-yard return.  It was his longest kickoff return since a 95-yarder at Denver on Dec. 8, 2013.

INACTIVES: The Titans' seven inactive players were quarterback Zach Mettenberger, defensive back Jemea Thomas, outside linebacker Dontay Moch, tackle Terren Jones, tackle Taylor Lewan, wide receiver Rico Richardson and defensive lineman Mike Martin.


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