NEW ORLEANS, La. – Wide receiver
Tennessee fell to 1-1 on the preseason and will look to bounce back next Saturday night against the Falcons in Atlanta.
“This is the first real opportunity to see Jake operate the offense. We weren’t perfect, but there were a lot of good things,” Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt said. “I like the way we responded to the Saints touchdown to open the game. It was very encouraging to see him operate the way he did.”
Locker left pleased with the performance of the offense in the team’s second preseason affair.
“It was good to come out and start the way we did,” said Locker. “It was two good drives, two long drives where we overcame some tough down and distances. Overall I think it was something we can definitely build on.”
Similar to Mettenberger’s debut against the Packers, Friday’s performance yielded mixed results. The passing numbers were massive – 20-of-25 for
"I think we've got something with Mettenberger." said Whisenhunt of his rookie quarterback. "He's doing a lot of good things, but he's making a lot of rookie mistakes, too. We're going to keep working with him. It's such a long process with young quarterbacks. He's done a nice job in these games for the most part."
Tennessee's first-team defense also had a similar start to last week’s win against the Packers. The unit began the game on the field and allowed the Saints to score on the game’s first possession. The defense rebounded nicely with stops on the Saints' next two offensive drives.
Titans running backs showed well, accumulating 88 yards on 21 carries (4.2 avg.). Shonn Green led the team with 46 yards on nine carries and a long of 14 before leaving the game with a knee injury. Rookie back
Tennessee owned a 17-14 lead late in the second quarter following Justin Hunter’s second score, but a 23-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Griffin to Mark Ingram put the Saints up 21-17 going into the half.
Saints All-Pro tight end Jimmy Graham scored his team's first two touchdowns and finished with 48 yards on five catches. Receiver Josh Morgan led the team with 108 receiving yards on three catches.
As many games go in the preseason, Friday’s contest failed to gain any sort of rhythm. Much of that can be attributed to penalties – a combined 32 from both teams for a total of 295 yards. Countless other flags were thrown for penalties that ended up being declined.
Down 31-17 in the fourth quarter, Mettenberger had a pass deflect off of
NOTES: QB Charlie Whitehurst (hand), RB