Every week in the NFL presents intriguing matchups. Week 1 especially fills the cup of unknown. Expectations are high for every team, regardless of if they should be or not. There’s also no doubt that plenty of hot takes will be fired off following every single game. The Titans host quarterback Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals at noon on Sunday.
In honor of the Titans’ season kicking off in three days, here are three Titans players to keep a close eye on in Week 1.
The Cardinals’ secondary is easily the weakest unit of their roster entering the first week of the season. Brown will most likely either be matched up with Byron Murphy Jr. or rookie Tay Gowan for most of the game.
Going back through some camp conversations right now, and man, do coaches around the NFL love A.J. Brown.
He came up several times, and play callers and OCs on other teams consistently gushed about him with more than a hint of jealousy. Seems like he’s become one of THE guys.
— Robert Mays (@robertmays) September 4, 2021
Murphy Jr., who has primarily been a slot cornerback for Arizona since being drafted, could have to take a lot of reps outside due to their lack of depth at the position. Gowan was a great athlete at UCF and has over-performed expectations throughout camp. Taking on a receiver like Brown in his first game of NFL action could be a rude awakening, though. Ryan Tannehill and Todd Downing should look to take a plethora of deep shots to Brown and Julio Jones.
On the other side on offense, DeAndre Hopkins awaits. The Titans may use an array of players in the secondary to try to slow down the star receiver, but Jenkins may be the guy to get the most opportunities against Hopkins due to his experience. Regardless, it is a tall ask.
Vrabel said Caleb Farley has to continue to work to find a role in defense. Sounds like Kristian Fulton and Jackrabbit Jenkins are your game one starting corners. My guess would be Elijah Moulden in the slot.
— Terry McCormick (@terrymc13) September 6, 2021
This game may end up being a high-scoring affair, so making sure that D-Hop doesn’t make too many big plays could be the difference. Coaches have raved about the veteran CB throughout camp. He’ll definitely have to showcase that right off the bat. The Cardinals also have a couple speedy WRs in Rondale Moore and Christian Kirk. Kevin Byard on the backend will have to have the backs of the CBs in case of deep shots to these guys.
The Starter at Right Tackle
Quessenberry. Lamm. Sambrailo. Take your pick because one of them will start at RT for the Titans on Sunday. They’ll be faced with a tough matchup to begin the year, too. Perennial star pass-rushers, J.J. Watt and Chandler Jones may both get reps against whoever Tennessee trots out there.
Mike Vrabel says the #Titans aren’t ready to name a starter at RT. Mentioned David Quesenberry mutluple times but also brought up Kendall Lamm and Ty Sambrailo.
— TURRON DAVENPORT (@TDavenport_NFL) September 6, 2021
Plus, the Cardinals employ two of the most athletically-freaky young linebackers in the league. Zaven Collins and Isaiah Simmons will attempt to be hot in pursuit of both Tannehill and Derrick Henry all day. The starter at right tackle doesn’t have to be perfect against these talents by any means. They do have to play well enough to prevent momentum-swinging plays by the Arizona front seven.
The tweets will be flying this weekend. Don’t be shocked if these three are in some highlights.
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