Titans Continue Preseason Friday at Tampa Bay


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans (0-1) continue the preseason this week at Tampa Bay, traveling to face the  Buccaneers (1-0) at Raymond James Stadium (capacity 65,908).  Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. CDT on Friday, Aug. 17. 


The game will be televised regionally on the Titans Preseason TV Network, including flagship WKRN-Channel 2 in Nashville.  Cory Curtis will handle play-by-play duties, while former Titans running back Eddie George and former Titans linebacker Keith Bulluck will provide analysis.  Dawn Davenport will report from the sidelines.

The Titans Radio Network, including Nashville flagship 104.5 The Zone, will broadcast the game across the Mid-South with the "Voice of the Titans" Mike Keith, color commentator Frank Wycheck, sideline reporter Cody Allison and gameday host Larry Stone.


The Titans began the preseason last week with a trip to Seattle.  After rallying from a 14-point deficit in the second half, they watched the Seahawks score 10 unanswered points and pull away for a 27-17 victory. 

Reserve running back Darius Reynaud provided the Titans a big lift in the second half, scoring the team's only two touchdowns.  First, he dove to the pylon at the conclusion of a 21-yard touchdown run.  Then, only minutes later, the 2012 free agent signee scored on an 85-yard punt return.

Former Seahawk Matt Hasselbeck started the game for the Titans at quarterback.  In limited work, he completed five of nine pass attempts for 45 yards and was victimized by two interceptions.

Second-year signal caller Jake Locker, formerly of the University of Washington, played the remainder of the first half.  He attempted 13 passes with seven completions for 80 yards with no interceptions.

Rookie wide receiver Kendall Wright, the 20th overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft, saw the first preseason action of his career.  The ex-Baylor Bear caught three passes for a team-high 47 yards in one half of work.

Defensively, the Titans recorded a pair of takeaways and sacks.  Linebackers Colin McCarthy and Zac Diles each posted interceptions, and second-year defensive tackles Karl Klug and Zach Clayton notched sacks.


The Buccaneers, who finished 4-12 in 2011, are spearheaded by a new coaching staff, including head coach Greg Schiano.  Schiano has spent the previous 12 years as the head coach for Rutgers University, where he led the Scarlet Knights to six bowl appearances and five bowl victories.

Three members of the Titans played under Schiano at Rutgers: wide receiver Kenny Britt, cornerback Jason McCourty and linebacker Kevin Malast.

Last week the Buccaneers traveled to Miami and impressed with a 20-7 victory.  LeGarrette Blount and Doug Martin scored on rushing touchdowns, and Kai Forbath added a pair of field goals in the win.

Blount originally signed with the Titans as a rookie free agent in 2010. He was acquired off waivers by Tampa Bay at the start of his rookie year and has gone on to lead the Bucs in rushing in each of his first two seasons.

At quarterback, the Buccaneers are led by Josh Freeman, a former Kansas State star now in his fourth season.  He has missed only one start in the last two years and eclipsed 3,400 passing yards in both of those campaigns.

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