Marcus Mariota looks to accelerate comeback in Titans preseason game vs. Panthers

Posted August 20, 2017

Henry, who was a second-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, ran for 36 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries while catching three passes for 17 yards as he got the start for the Titans. The former Alabama running back showed off that impressive Saturday in preseason action against the Carolina Panthers.

It's probably the most prepared they'll be all season for an opponent when the Titans hit the field Saturday afternoon at Nissan Stadium. That appears unlikely considering that the three-time Pro Bowler did participated in a Carolina's drill during the two joint practice sessions, and the first time the 28-year-old star quarterback threw passes defended by Tennessee Titans was on Thursday. That made it 27-24 Titans as the Panthers would try for the comeback. Here's the latest Panthers vs. Titans game recap with top performers, stats, and what's next for these two National Football League teams.

Marcus Mariota came closer to the quarterback the Titans saw during their peak last season by accurately completing passes, using his legs to make plays and having the pocket presence to make correct reads. Suddenly practicing with the fourth team with the addition of McCaffrey, the third-year running back out of Auburn needed to have a big preseason to land a roster spot.

Newton passed for 3,509 yards with 19 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 15 games last season for the Panthers, who missed the playoffs after finishing last in the NFC South with a 6-10 record. The Titans chose not to play DeMarco Murray in the contest. The Titans had auctioned the first two play calls to a fan for charity. The Titans cashed both turnovers in for scores.

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"It's a great sign". Carolina would tie up the game on a 37-yard field goal from Graham Gano, but several minutes later it was a three-yard TD run from David Fluellen that put the Titans ahead for good.

"You know what?", Walker said.

Shortly after the Panthers quarterback watched his teammates drop a 34-27 preseason contest to the Titans, head coach Ron Rivera on Saturday sounded as optimistic about his most important player as he has in almost three weeks.