Patriots vs Titans Live Reddit: Patriots will wrap up their week of joint practices against t Titans with a preseason matchup on Saturday.New England dominated their first preseason matchup against the Detroit Lions with a 31-3 final score. The Patriots have a depleted tight end and wide receiver corps — so this game will be a huge prove-it opportunity for some of the younger guys.The Titans hosted the Patriots for two joint practices, and it brought together many familiar faces.
Friday morning in Nashville the Patriots will put the cap on three days of joint practice action with the Titans with a walkthrough.
It’s already been a very productive week in Tennessee for Bill Belichick’s team, notching two impressive workouts in extreme heat against a Titans squad that had its way with the Patriots last regular season. This time around both the Tom Brady-led offense and the Patriots budding defense impressed in practice action against Mike Vrabel’s squad.
This is all a lead up to Saturday night’s second week of preseason action between these two teams on the banks of the Cumberland River in Nashville at Nissan Stadium.
As the Patriots try to keep the momentum going on both sides of the ball from last week’s impressive preseason opener in Detroit, here are a dozen storylines to keep an eye on in the second week of exhibition action, appropriately including the possible summer debut of TB12.
Tom’s time – Brady dressed but did not play in the preseason opener. He said this week on WEEI’s Greg Hill Show that he would be lobbying to play in Tennessee. Despite issues with depth at receiver, he had a very productive week of work against the Titans, all the while trash talking his former teammate Vrabel. While there is no guarantee Brady will play, there is a good chance he sees a series or two of work for his first live action of the summer.
he Patriots’ preseason opener was as close to a perfect game as any team can have in August.
Brian Hoyer and Jarrett Stidham dissected the Detroit secondary with ease. An unproven and unknown group of receivers ran circles around the Lions. The New England pass rush was so overwhelming that the Lions totaled negative passing yards until the midway point of the fourth quarter.
Rookie N’Keal Harry is unlikely to play. He suited up for joint practices in Tennessee, but didn’t even participate in warmups. Phillip Dorsett suffered a left hand injury on Wednesday and was a non-participant in Thursday’s practice. Maurice Harris also suffered an injury on Wednesday and did not make it to the field for the second joint practice.
Berrios is probably in the best spot of the three. He took some heat from Brady during Thursday’s practice for running the wrong route, but bounced back quickly by drawing a defensive hold against Logan Ryan on the next rep. Then, Berrios got behind Titans safety Kevin Byard for a touchdown reception from Brady.
Berrios provides the Pats with a quick inside receiver to complement Julian Edelman. He also can return punts.
Olszewski possesses a similar skill set and might even offer more upside than Berrios. After all, he’s been playing wide receiver for only three months. The Pats would probably love to stash Olszewski on the practice squad and develop him over the next year, but those plans could change with a few impressive preseason games from Olszewski.
Inman is the veteran of the group. He didn’t play much, if at all, with the first-team offense early in training camp. But he looked smooth against the Lions, and the Pats know he can play. As a member of the Colts a season ago, Inman caught 17 passes on 19 targets for 231 yards and three touchdowns in his final four games.
Because the Patriots can use several off-the-ball linebackers on the edge (Kyle Van Noy, Dont’a Hightower, Kyle Van Noy), they don’t need to carry extra depth at the position. If Rivers is behind Calhoun, Simon, and Chase Winovich, he could be considered a bubble player. He’ll need to build off his two-sack performance against the Lions.
At cornerback, Duke Dawson has his work cut out for him. The Pats have five locks in Stephon Gilmore, Jason McCourty, J.C. Jackson, Jonathan Jones, and Joejuan Williams. Keion Crossen has outperformed Dawson thus far, as well. Dawson made some plays in Thursday’s joint practice with the Titans, but needs to show much more.
Safety Obi Melifonwu is as “on the bubble” as any player on the 90-man roster. It’s such a close call at this point.
Melifonwu is receiving valuable practice reps at both safety spots, and he possesses excellent length and athleticism. His performance in the preseason games could be the deciding factor.