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The Jacksonville Jaguars trudged into the locker room one by one Navy Kenny Vaccaro Jersey, and before coach Doug Marrone started to address the team, a few players chimed in. After a 9-6 loss to AFC South rival Tennessee in which Jacksonville's offense was downright offensive, the Jaguars insisted there was no finger-pointing, back-biting or name-calling.«We came back in the locker room and guys expressed emotion,» said linebacker Telvin Smith, adding that a team with Super Bowl expectations was frustrated. «It's not like guys got quiet. Nobody shied away from it. Things were said.»Several players said it was a constructive exchange designed to show support for quarterback Blake Bortles and an offense that has been less than impressive in two of three games this season.«If you look at it, offensively and defensively and special teams, those guys really don't have the type of guys we have in this locker room,» Jaguars safety Tashaun Gipson said. «It's not like we felt like we were the king of the hill, but you've got to win the games you've got to win.… We know we're the better team, but this Sunday they were the better team and they won.»Thanks mostly to Marcus Mariota, a punishing ground attack and a stifling defense.Mariota directed three scoring drives in relief of Blaine Gabbert, including one in the fourth quarter with «heavy personnel,» and the Titans (2-1) won their third straight in the series.Tennessee improved to 2-0 against the AFC South and will host defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia on Sunday.«This is what we are, man,» Titans cornerback Logan Ryan said. «We have a good defense. We can run the ball. We do what Jacksonville does Youth Jonnu Smith Jersey, but we do it better than them.»Jacksonville (2-1), which fell short in its attempt to start 3-0 for the first time since 2004, will wrap up a three-game homestand next week against the New York Jets.Tennessee finished with 233 yards, but grinded out 150 on the ground, played mistake-free football and let the defense do most of the heavy lifting.«We're not afraid of anyone,» Titans left tackle Taylor Lewan said. «We're going to play as if we belong anywhere. People will count us out, but that's not the case.»The Jaguars have dropped five of six in the series and failed to score any offensive touchdown against the Titans for the second straight game. They crossed midfield just twice Sunday.«We killed ourselves,» Bortles said. «Stupid penalties, drops, missed throws. We've got to not hurt ourselves, especially the way our defense is and the way we play. We've got to score one touchdown to win the game. To go out there and score six points in four quarters, that's bad as an offense.»Here are some other things we learned about the Titans and Jaguars:MARIOTA IMPROVINGMariota got a game ball for his gutsy performance.After sitting out last week's victory against Houston because of an elbow injury sustained in the season opener, Mariota was forced onto the field in the first quarter to replace Gabbert (concussion).«He was fantastic,» first-year coach Mike Vrabel said. «He cares about this team immensely. He wants what's best for this team. You saw him come in there, get us some first downs and give us a spark.»Mariota wore a partial glove on his injured right hand and did just enough to upset the Jaguars. He completed 12 of 18 passes for 100 yards and ran for 51 more, including a 15-yard gain on a third-and-1 play late that allowed the Titans to milk the clock.MISSING STARTERSThe Jaguars finished with 232 yards and 12 first downs while playing without running back Leonard Fournette, left tackle Cam Robinson and right guard A.J. Cann. Fournette missed his second straight game with a strained right hamstring. Robinson was lost for the season last week Navy Kamalei Correa Jersey, and Cann sat out with a triceps injury.«It's tough anytime you don't have your guys out there,» Bortles said. «It is difficult when you are playing with guys that aren't necessarily in the rotation all the time.»TURNING POINTMarrone's decision to try a fake punt early in the game proved costly.Corey Grant was stopped on the fourth-and-4 play, giving Tennessee the ball near midfield and leading to Ryan Succop's first field goal.«I always regret decisions that don't work,» Marrone said. «I just wanted to be aggressive early and had the look.»Titans Training Camp Day 10 Notes The injuries continued to pile up at Saint Thomas Sports Park today and Marcus Mariota had a day to forget as the Titans returned to the practice field after a day off on Sunday. Overall, this was probably the worst practice the Titans have had so far. As usual, I’ll have the three stars of practice along with injury updates and practice notes below.3rd Star: Adoree JacksonThe defensive backs were a bright spot from beginning to end today and Jackson stood out the most to me among the corners. He had some nice wins during the 1v1 period against the wide receivers and then followed that up with a strong performance in team periods as well. His highlight for the day was a beautiful break on a Delanie Walker speed out where he cut under the route and used his inside arm to bat the ball down. 2nd Star: Kenny VaccaroAll eyes were on the newest Titan as Vaccaro got his first real practice field work with the team since signing on Saturday morning. The first thing to note was that Vaccaro was the first safety up with the first team defense across from Kevin Byard. Rookie Dane Cruikshank rotated in with that group as well, but it was usually Vaccaro that got the first rep. Vaccaro’s athleticism and physicality were on display frequently as he was often around the ball and nearly came down with a diving interception on a Marcus Mariota deep ball during a team period. I think Titans fans are going to like Vaccaro (and I’ll have more on him soon here so stay tuned). 1st Star: Dane CruikshankIt’s impossible to know if the addition of Vaccaro had anything to do with it, but this was pretty clearly Cruikshank’s best day of camp so far. Not only did he get a chance to work with the first team defense, but he flashed with some really great plays in run support. The highlight was a pitch left to Derrick Henry where Cruikshank quickly recognized the play and slashed through the defense to make a tackle for what would have been a big loss. He followed that up a few plays later with another nice stop. Injury UpdatesCorey Davis: This is obviously the big news of the day. Davis sat out practice today after reportedly leaving Saturday’s practice at Nissan Stadium early. Of course we don’t know anything about what that injury might be, but Vrabel did sound optimistic afterwards saying that “your buddy will be fine” referencing Davis. Obviously, Davis missing any time in camp creates widespread panic among Titans fans after last season, but luckily it sounds like this injury may be on the shorter end of the spectrum.Nate Palmer: This was a new injury from camp today as the veteran inside linebacker/special teams contributor was carted off with a leg injury. That’s never a good thing and there is a decent chance this spells the end of the line for Palmer in Tennessee as he was already on the roster bubble. Deontay Burnett: Because the football gods hate Tennessee Titan receivers, they also decided to strike one of the more promising young receivers with an injury today. Burnett made a catch — as he seemingly does every time he gets on the field — late in practice today, but went to the ground after getting his legs tangled with the DB. He got up limping and talked to trainers. No telling how serious this injury may or may not be, but I’m really hoping Burnett will be able to play on Thursday. Kendrick Lewis: Lewis was back on the practice field today, but did not participate in team periods or 7-on-7s from what I saw. Sharif Finch: Finch remains out with a mystery injury. It’s too bad since I thought he was flashing early in camp. Hopefully he gets back out there soon.Brian Orakpo: No update on Rak as he continues to be held out with a shoulder injury.Rashaan Evans: No update on Evans either, he remains out. PUP List: Jack Conklin Youth Rashaan Evans Jersey, Rishard MatthewsInjured Reserve: Johnathan Cyprien, Tye SmithOffense NotesWoof, this was a rough day all around for the offense, particularly Marcus Mariota. The Titans QB struggled throughout the day with accuracy, often leaving balls too high or behind the intended receivers. It was easily his worst day of camp, but luckily it came one day in the middle of August and not during a fall Sunday. ESPN analyst and former NFL quarterback Dan Orlovsky has talked again and again about how uncomfortable this offensive system can be for quarterbacks who are new to it, so we shouldn’t be surprised or alarmed by days like this. Just a bad day.Without Davis out there, the wide receivers struggled against the excellent first team secondary. Taywan Taylor had one of the better plays of the day when he did a great job holding on to a tough contested catch over the middle on a deep dig route. One of the interesting parts of seeing the wide receivers without Davis was seeing the rotation for the other starting spot opposite Taywan Taylor. Darius Jennings was typically the first man up with the 1s with Tajae Sharpe rotating in behind him. Sharpe was on the receiving end of Mariota’s best throw of the day though as he got a step behind Logan Ryan and Mariota dropped in a perfect ball for what would have been a long touchdown pass. The Titans worked on some sets with 3 tight ends on the field — Delanie Walker, Jonnu Smith, and Luke Stocker — early during practice. Stocker was often used as the fullback in those sets. Jonnu Smith flashed with a great sideline grab on an out route where he hauled in the pass and dragged his toes in bounds showing nice concentration to hold on to the ball through the ground. He’s had a really good camp. Enormous backup tight end Tim Semisch had a really nice touchdown catch during a red zone period when he went up and over his defender to snag a Blaine Gabbert fade pass in the back of the end zone.Dalyn Dawkins has been the less talked about UDFA running back behind Akrum Wadley, but Dawkins has made some plays over the last couple practices that I’ve seen. He’s very similar to Wadley in regards to size and speed. He used that speed to get the edge on an outside run today which went for a nice gain.Defense NotesLogan Ryan got beat by Sharpe on the play described above, but he also got an interception as a high Mariota throw fell out of Walker’s hands and Ryan did a nice job concentrating through contact to catch the ball for the turnover. Malcolm Butler had some nice moments again today, though he didn’t get any turnovers. He had great coverage on Darius Jennings on a deep ball and was able to break it up. Butler and Ryan have been rotating snaps opposite Jackson in the Titans base defense. I would expect Butler to get the majority of those snaps during the season, but that may vary from game to game depending on matchups.Aaron Wallace had a good showing today, setting the edge well on the run and then reading and reacting to a screen pass to stop Derrick Henry for a loss. He also got a good pass rush to put pressure on Mariota during a team period.Austin Johnson and DaQuan Jones both made splash plays in the middle of the defense during team periods. The Titans front seven looks like it is going to be stout once again this season.With Sharif Finch and Brian Orakpo out, there are more snaps to go around for the outside linebackers. Derrick Morgan and Harold Landry primarily worked with the first team while Aaron Wallace and Gimel President were the primary edge rushers with the second unit. President appears to be working above Carraway in the rotation right now for what that’s worth.Odds and EndsMike Vrabel stopped practice at one point after a false start by the third team offensive line. He huddled the entire team around and got the message across that he didn’t like the way things were going. Things seemed to pick up after that.The Titans kickoff their preseason slate this week with a road game in Green Bay on Thursday night. It’s a 7:00 PM Central Time kickoff.



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