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The Titans had a memorable opening series in Vrabel's preseason debut as coach before the Packers pulled away in a matchup of the backups for a 31-17 win on Thursday night."It was cool. I love this team Navy Josh Kline Jersey , I do. I love these guys," Vrabel said about first time on the sideline leading the Titans.Mariota was 2 of 3 for 42 yards with a 4-yard scoring pass to Darius Jennings on the opening drive of Mike Vrabel's first preseason game as Titans coach. Mariota also had one carry for 7 yards before leaving after the nine-play series.It was a nice, if brief, start for Mariota. He's picking up a new scheme under his third head coach in four seasons."I thought we got into rhythm. We were able to go down and score a touchdown, which is always good. And hopefully we can just continue to build off of that," Mariota said.Packers receiver Davante Adams needed just one series to show he was in midseason form before joining starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers and many other Packers starters on the sideline.But backup Brett Hundley showed glimpses of improvement under center, going 9 of 14 for 108 yards and an 8-yard score to running back Jamaal Williams on the drive after Tennessee's score.Hundley did his best impression of Rodgers by hitting Adams in stride down the left sideline for a 48-yard completion. The Packers' No. 1 receiver had a step on new Titans cornerback Malcolm Butler before getting pushed out at the 3, setting up Williams' score two plays later."I thought he had a couple drives, obviously the big play Youth Corey Davis Jersey , and that's what this game is all about," coach Mike McCarthy said. "You've got to hit your big plays."Hundley also threw an interception. But It was a promising outing overall for him after the Packers struggled to move the ball through the air when Hundley was under center while Rodgers was sidelined with a broken collarbone in 2017."I think for me this year, the anticipation, it's the understanding, it's the game slowing down, so things are a lot easier," Hundley said.KIZER'S NIGHTHundley, who is competing with DeShone Kizer for the backup job, got the start and played well into the second quarter. Kizer went 9 of 18 for 134 yards Youth Kevin Byard Jersey , hitting rookie Marquez Valdes-Scantling for a 51-yard gain to the Titans 11 in the third quarter.TITANS SECONDARYVeteran Kenny Vaccaro started alongside All-Pro Kevin Byard at safety and had one tackle after playing into the second quarter. Formerly of the Saints, Vaccaro signed on Saturday after the Titans lost starter Johnathan Cyprien last week to a torn left ACL."He's come in and really focused on learning his job, becoming a good teammate, practicing hard," Vrabel said about Vaccaro.QUOTABLE"Really what we wanted to accomplish as a football team was establish our play style, and secondly was just try to create as many opportunities as we possibly could for our players." — McCarthy.INJURIESTitans: WR Corey Davis dressed and warmed up but did not play. The Titans' top wideout did not practice Monday or Tuesday after leaving practice early Saturday. ... S Dane Cruikshank (left shoulder) walked off after landing hard on the turf while trying to recover Quentin Rollins' fumble on a punt return.Packers: S Jermaine Whitehead (back) left in the second quarter. S Josh Jones walked back to the locker room in the third quarter to be evaluated for a concussion. ... WR Randall Cobb (ankle) and DL Mike Daniels (quad) were among 18 Packers who did not dress.NATIONAL ANTHEMThere were no apparent displays of protest by players on either team during the national anthem.UP NEXTTitans: Host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Aug. 18.Packers: Host the Pittsburgh Steelers on Aug. 16. Some quality matchups across the land on a Friday night. Which prospects will stand out? Louisiana Tech at Florida Atlantic 6:30 PM CBS Sports Network- The Bulldogs travel to Boca Raton to take on FAU in a key C-USA battle. La Tech is coming off a close victory over UTEP while FAU struggled in a loss to Marshall. Lane Kiffin recently made news for offering a scholarship to former USC QB Matt Leinart’s 11 year old son. 010a_2449.jpg?c=ecd2 It’s been a tough year for the Owls as they have gone 3-4 and currently reside in fifth place of the East division. Louisiana Tech prospect to watch1. Jaylon Ferguson 6’5 269 EDGE RS Senior- Ferguson has been a monster thus far into his career. If you look up the word production, his picture is next to the word. Has posted a career line of 154 tackles, 53 tackles for loss, 37 sacks as of press time. One of the more underrated edge rushers in a loaded class. Motor is a plus. He would fit what the Titans are looking for in an edge. Florida Atlantic prospect to watch1. Devin Singletary 5’9 200 RB Junior- The best running back that no one is talking about. He had a monstrous 2017 with 1 Youth Marcus Mariota Jersey ,918 yards and 32 touchdowns. Really blew up as a sophomore under Lane Kiffin’s guidance. The 2018 season hasn’t been as productive but he’s still a solid back. He’s the all time leader in rushing touchdowns by a player who attended a FBS school in the state of Florida. That’s an impressive accomplishment given the talent that has come out of the state. Miami at Boston College 7 PM ESPN- The Hurricanes renew acquaintances with long time foe Boston College. Miami is coming off a loss to Virginia while BC is coming off a win over Louisville. Both teams need a win in order to stay alive in their division. Miami is going back to much maligned QB Malik Rosier after N’Kosi Perry struggled last week. Can the Canes find an answer and beat the Golden Eagles to right the ship? Miami prospects to watch1. Jaquan Johnson 5’11 190 S Senior- Johnson is one of the best safeties in the class that hardly anyone talks about. He’s been at Miami for a long time now. Was one of the best safeties last year in the entire ACC and three of them got drafted within the first two rounds in 2018. A guy who’s seemingly always around the ball. Tackling fundamentals are on point. Football IQ is a plus. 2. Tyree St. Louis 6’5 305 OT Senior- Underrated tackle prospect that has been on the radar for a couple of years now. Versatile enough to play both tackle positions. Has played left tackle as senior.3. Michael Pinckney 6’1 220 LB Junior- One of the best linebackers in the ACC. Undersized, yes but so are the times of the NFL in regards to the position. Can cover sideline to sideline with the best. Football IQ is a plus. The frame questions will cause some pause for teams as he gets lost in the wash quite frequently.4. Gerald Willis III 6’2 280 DT RS Senior- Willis has been a monster in the middle for the Canes this season. Athleticism is on point. Still refining the little things in terms of fundamentals. He’s vaulted himself into first round conversations with his play. Been unstoppable at times. He’s really good. There were some off field issues early on but he has matured a ton. He missed all of last season dealing with personal issues. I commend him for recognizing his issues and working to solve them. Current Giants standout safety Landon Collins is his older half-brother. Boston College prospects to watch1. Zach Allen 6’5 285 EDGE Senior- The focal point of the Golden Eagles pass rush after a very good junior season being Honor Landry’s running mate. Had a monstrous junior season with 100 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss, and four sacks. Production has dropped off a bit in 2018 but still a talented prospect nonetheless. Football IQ and work ethic are major pluses. Run defense is a plus as well. 2. A.J. Dillon 6’0 245 RB Sophomore- Dillon is one of the more intriguing running backs in a loaded 2020/21 class. He had a monster freshman season last year rushing for 1,589 yards on 300 carries and 14 touchdowns. He’s coming off an ankle injury that made him miss the last two games so we shall see how effective he is. Where were the Titans' scouts last night?

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