Reflections on Titans vs Packers
LenDale White made a statement last night and laid claim to a starting job in the process. White ran tough and at times looked like a bull in a china shop. It often took two Packers to bring him down. I loved the block he made on Vince Young's touchdown run.
I believe Ryan Fowler has also won a starting job. He got the nod at MLB last night and played into the third quarter. He and Stephen Tulloch had been alternating starts and it was Tulloch's turn. Tulloch didn't get passed over due to injury, he played in the second half.
On special teams, Chris Davis moved past Cortland Finnegan into the lead for the punt return job.
Those were the only three jobs I saw being decided last night.
Before the game Jeff Fisher said most of the roster spots were already decided upon but the ones that were still available could be won by a good performance against the Packers. I didn't notice anyone on the bubble stepping up and doing that. Courtney Roby may have come the closest by making two receptions.
Calvin Lowry didn't play particularly well and the coaches will have a tough call to make at free safety. It doesn't look good for Lamont Thompson though. He may be gone tomorrow.
As a matter of fact, the entire secondary looked bad, particularly in the Packers' second series when Brett Favre picked them apart.
The Packers outplayed the Titans in the first quarter, when both teams had their starters on the field. It wasn't until Green Bay pulled their starters that the Titans first team began to play well.
On a positive note, two former starters who have been injured played again last night. Reynaldo Hill started at corner, spelling Nick Harper, who was nursing a slight injury, and Ben Troupe finally saw some action. Neither one played too well, but I think both were understandably rusty.
I don't expect Hill to be more than a fifth CB at best. My hopes are higher for Troupe. He needs to get it together and return to form so he can contribute. The offense sure could use him.