|The Titans allowed 160 rushing yards to the Rams but want to limit the number of carries and yards by the Jaguars on Sunday at LP Field.|
Jacksonville (0-8) visits Tennessee (4-4) noon Sunday (CT) at LP Field. Although much has changed, the Jaguars still have running back Maurice Jones-Drew (5-foot-7, 210 pounds). The densely packed running back can be hard to tackle and has 122 carries for 391 yards (3.2 average) and two touchdowns this season.
He’s been hindered because Jacksonville has had a habit of falling behind and turning to a more pass oriented offense to try to get back in games.
“We know who they’re trying to give the ball to get their running game going. With the loss of (suspended receiver Justin) Blackmon, it’s going to force the other wide receivers to make plays in the passing game,”
Tennessee’s defense ranks fifth in the NFL in opponents’ third-down percentage (34.0), but 27th in rushing yards allowed/game (122.5).
“He has an attitude where he’s not going to be denied when he runs the ball,” Morgan added. “We know he’s a talented back. We’ve got to fit up our gaps and gang tackle.”
The Titans had seven sacks in both games against the Jaguars last season. Morgan said stopping the run first will create opportunities to rush Henne.
“We can’t keep talking about it, we’ve just got to do it,” Morgan said.
LOCKER, WRIGHT COMBO: Titans QB
“I think (when Wright’s in) the slot position, it’s hard to cover him,” Munchak said. “He’s a guy you can trust to get open real quickly. He’s a fun guy to watch.”
Locker and Wright also connected for the Titans’ longest pass play against the Rams when the QB fired a strike and hit the receiver in stride, allowing him to sprint for a 45-yard gain.
“It was the longest catch-and-run of my career, but I plan on doing more of that, whether it’s going deep or catching a pass and turning it into something deep like that,” Wright said. “I always want to turn a slant or a stop route into more. It’s kind of like the cornerback jumped the route. He thought he knew what was coming at first and I got behind him and saw the seam with Nate (Washington) out there blocking. I just tried to get to him.”
“Kendall’s a guy that when we drafted him, we thought he had explosive ability and he’s shown that for us and done that for us,” Locker said. “We’re excited to get those types of plays out of him and hope to continue to.”
GRIFFIN MOVES TOWARD NEW STREAK: For the first time since his selection in the 2007 NFL Draft,
Wilson replaced Griffin in the starting lineup, and Tennessee used a little more zone defense against St. Louis.
“He did a good job and everything that I would have done,” Griffin said. “There were no deep balls over anybody’s head. George is a great player. He’s helped me this season in the same way that
FOKOU MAKES PROGRESS:
“I think this would be another week where maybe by (Thursday, Friday) he’ll start doing some drills out here,” Munchak said. “He’s running and moving ahead, but it’s going to be a stretch to be ready this week.”
INJURY REPORT: In addition to Fokou,