NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans turned two takeaways into 10 points and held on for a 10-6 win Thursday at LP Field as few starters from either team stepped on the field in the preseason finale.
Verner was in pass protection on third-and-2 but read the play correctly and went to stop the running back short of the first down.
“All of a sudden, when I rolled over to see where he was on the sticks, the ball popped out and just landed in my lap,” Verner said. “I was like, ‘I don’t know if he’s down or not, but I’m just going to hold on and try to turn.’ It just so happened that we were able to get that turnover and get the offense good field position.”
The turnover gave the Titans the ball at the New Orleans 24-yard-line, but the Titans couldn’t reach the end zone and settled on a field goal by
“The defense is doing well,” Titans coach Mike Munchak said. “We put a lot of young guys in there. Verner did a nice job of getting that ball out on the first third-down play. We should get seven on that. They gave up some yards in there, but they held them down to a field goal.”
The Titans also recorded a takeaway on the Saints’ opening possession of the second half.
Tennessee put together a seven-play drive with
Tennessee’s defense concluded the preseason with eight interceptions, 13 sacks and five fumble recoveries in four games.
OFFENSE STILL SEEKS RHYTHM: Munchak played starting QB
Locker went 9-for-16 for 81 yards and added 22 yards on two scrambles but fumbled in the red zone a few yards shy of the goal-line on the final snap he played.
“We moved the ball a little better today, no three-and-outs,” Locker said. “We just couldn’t find ways to put points on the board. That’s something that every week you want to be able to do.”
WRIGHT’S CATCHES ERASED: Rookie receiver
Locker hit Wright in stride for a gain of 26 late in the second quarter, but officials flagged the 2012 first-round draft pick for offensive pass interference.
Wright appeared to catch a 15-yard pass from
BUSY NIGHT FOR PUNTER: Kern punted the ball eight times for 356 yards, averaging 44.5 yards with a net average of 38.8. Kern’s night included a booming 63-yarder, two that were out of bounds and two that were downed inside the 20-yard-line.
New Orleans tried to return the other four punts but only mustered six return yards.