Smith connected with Santonio Holmes for a 69-yard TD and a 40-yard completion and with Stephen Hill for a 51-yard score and a 45-yard gain last week against Buffalo. The four plays accounted for 205 of Smith’s 331 passing yards and helped the Jets (2-1) have a 300-yard passer, two 100-yard receivers and a 100-yard rusher in the same game for the first time in the history of their franchise.
“They take some deep shots and they’ve got some explosive players,” said Titans safety Michael Griffin, who had two interceptions of Mark Sanchez last season against the Jets. “If they see something, they may try to take an opportunity at it, but if they don’t we’ll see where it goes.”
The Titans (2-1) are allowing 206 passing yards per game, which ranks 10th in the NFL, after facing veterans Ben Roethlisberger, Matt Schaub and Philip Rivers in the past three weeks. Rivers completed 20 of 24 passes (83 percent), but the Titans held the Chargers to 175 net yards passing.
“Rivers did a great job of throwing short and intermediate passes,” cornerback
Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray said Tennessee saw some elements of vertical passing in the season opener Pittsburgh and against Atlanta this preseason. Gray said he reviewed some of Smith’s career at West Virginia and said the Jets have supported him with their run game and defense.
Titans coach Mike Munchak said the Jets “seem to be playing better offensively every week” and are willing to take chances with the ball because they are so confident in their defense.
“I think when you have a good defense — when your defense is playing well — you’re taking more risks to throw down the field with a young guy, assuming that if it’s not caught, if it’s intercepted, it’s almost like a punt,” Munchak said.
Smith will be the biggest run threat of a QB the Titans have faced this season. He has 78 rushing yards on 13 carries and should provide preparation for upcoming mobile quarterbacks Russell Wilson (in Week 6) and Colin Kaepernick (in Week 7).
EXTRA REPS FOR McCARTHY, GOODEN: Linebacker
“I think that was good for them, and they’re ready to go. (McCarthy) can play all three spots if he’s called upon,” Munchak said. “Gooden may get a chance to suit up depending on what goes on with (Patrick) Bailey (questionable with a hamstring).”
Fokou moved up the depth chart this offseason when McCarthy battled an injury and has kept a grip on the starting job, but Munchak said having McCarthy in the wings “puts us in a much better situation than we’ve ever been in at that linebacker position having him healthy and ready to play.”
“It was good to see him out there. He had a hit on the quarterback, and I think he had some nice tackles,” Munchak said. “He’s been playing well on special teams. He had a couple tackles on special teams. He’s contributing. The nice thing is when someone does get hurt, he jumps right in there. I kept thinking there was going to be a ball going his way or a pick because things seem to happen for him like that.”
Munchak said Britt is “not quite where he needs to be, so that’s why he didn’t practice quite as much” Friday. Munchak said Walker’s status seemed slightly clearer but pointed out that Britt has played in the past when he’s been limited.
Britt, who plays the “X” position in the Titans’ offense, suffered a jarring hit on his ribs and awkward landing against the Chargers.
Munchak said if Britt doesn’t play, the Titans would likely play
GREENE, HILL OUT: Munchak confirmed Friday that