Titans-Bills Postgame Notes

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TEAM NOTES

·      For the second consecutive week to begin the season, the Titans scored a touchdown on their first offensive possession. Ryan Tannehill drove the offense 75 yards on nine plays, and the series culminated with a two-yard touchdown run by Derrick Henry. During the 2021 regular season, the Titans scored a touchdown on their first offensive series a total of two times.

·      With third-round rookie quarterback Malik Willis making his NFL debut in the game, he became the Titans' seventh of nine total 2022 draft pick to see action within the first two weeks of the season. The others are wide receiver Treylon Burks (first round), cornerback Roger McCreary (second round), offensive tackle Nicholas Petit-Frere (third round), running back Hassan Haskins (fourth round), tight end Chig Okonkwo (fourth round) and wide receiver Kyle Philips (fifth round).

·      Four Titans rookies started the game, including two players on offense and two players on defense. Wide receiver Treylon Burks and cornerback Tre Avery recorded their first career starts, while right tackle Nicholas Petit-Frere and cornerback Roger McCreary were in the starting lineup for the second consecutive week. Five additional rookies played in the game: punter Ryan Stonehouse, quarterback Malik Willis, wide receiver Kyle Philips, running back Hassan Haskins and tight end Chig Okonkwo.

·      The four Titans rookie starters were their most in a game since four Titans rookies started at the New York Jets on Dec. 13, 2015.

·      The nine Titans rookies to play at Buffalo were their most in a game since nine rookies appeared in the 2016 season finale against the Houston Texans (Jan. 1, 2017).

DL DENICO AUTRY

·      Sacked Josh Allen for a four-yard loss in the third quarter. His first sack of 2022 gave him 40.5 career sacks. He added a pass defensed against the Bills.

CB TRE AVERY

·      Registered his first career start and totaled three tackles. He also recovered a Titans fumble on special teams.

WR TREYLON BURKS

·      Registered his first career start.

·      Led the team with 47 receiving yards and tied for the team lead with four receptions.

·      Increased his two-game rookie totals to seven receptions (tied for the team lead) for a team-high 102 yards.

RB HASSAN HASKINS

·      Led the team with 37 rushing yards on nine attempts. He added a reception for no gain and a team-high two kickoff returns for 40 yards (long of 20).

RB DERRICK HENRY

·      Rushed for 25 yards and a touchdown on 13 attempts.

·      Scored his first touchdown of the season on a two-yard carry in the first quarter. The touchdown converted a fourth-and-one. It was his 66th career rushing touchdown and his 69th total career touchdown.

TE AUSTIN HOOPER

·      Registered his 300th career reception, a 19-yard catch in the first quarter. He became the 26th tight end since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger to reach the 300-catch and 3,000-yard receiving marks within his first 90 career games. Additionally, he joined Travis Kelce, Zach Ertz and George Kittle as the only NFL tight ends with a minimum of 300 receptions and 3,000 receiving yards since the beginning of the 2016 season.

LB JOE JONES

·      Led the team with three total special teams tackles.

T TAYLOR LEWAN

·      Recorded his 100th career start.

CB ROGER McCREARY

·      Started for the second consecutive week and led the defense with 11 tackles.

P RYAN STONEHOUSE

·      Totaled six punts for a 55.8-yard average and a 45.7-yard net average with two punts placed inside the 20.

·      Booted a 66-yard punt in the fourth quarter.

·      For the second consecutive week to begin his career, he delivered one of the organization's top-10 single-game gross punting averages (minimum four punts). A week after averaging 57.0 yards per punt in his NFL debut, which ranked fifth all-time, his 55.8-yard gross average at Buffalo was the franchise's eighth-best number in a single contest.

QB RYAN TANNEHILL

·      Completed 11 of 20 passes for 117 yards with two interceptions.

QB MALIK WILLIS

·      Made his NFL debut in the second half and completed one pass for six yards on four attempts. He added four rushing attempts for 16 yards.

·      Became the first Titans rookie quarterback to appear in a game since Marcus Mariota at New England on Dec. 20, 2015.

WR ROBERT WOODS

·      Tied for the team lead with four receptions for 39 yards, including a 17-yard catch.

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