Three things to look for in the Titans game against the Redskins tonight at LP Field:
Jake Locker's command: The third-year quarterback’s practice work has improved recently, but I’ve noticed some slow starts. I imagine offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains will make an effort to get Locker started off with some easy completions that get the offense into a rhythm. Another thing we should watch is how he fares throwing to his left, where he’s looked more comfortable, as compared to throwing to his right. Expect some deep shots in this game. See the third entry below.
How does Akeem Ayers line up? The strongside linebacker is going to be used on the line of scrimmage a lot. Sometimes he’ll even be a defensive end with his hand in the ground. Is he equally good out of both stances? Does he stay out in space much, if at all? Ayers is a key piece to the Titans' defense this season. Here is the first glimpse in a game setting at how they will deploy him, how an offense will react to him, and how he will produce.
Justin Hunter: Hunter was part of the University of Tennessee receiving corps that shredded NC State last year in the opening week of the college football season, victimizing cornerback David Amerson, among others. Amerson is now a rookie member of the Redskins' secondary. Hunter has gotten an earful from Titans defenders and his position coach, Shawn Jefferson, throughout camp but has shown a great ability to go up and get the ball in practices. The Titans hope he’ll be on the end of a big play from Locker or Ryan Fitzpatrick tonight.