Steelers Vs Titans: Three Players To Watch From Tennessee

Alterraun Verner

The Titans are coming to town, with new players and an attitude of ‘win one for the coach’ as head coach Mike Munchak is entering his last year of his deal, and another sub-par season and he’s out the door.

Today we look at three players from the enemy for week one to keep an eye on.

1. QB Jake Locker – Ok, you ALWAYS need to keep your eye on the QB, but Locker is a guy that has steadily looked better in the preseason, and his 67.3 completion percentage in the preseason was much better than his 56.4 percent rate during the 2012 regular season. Locker’s legs could cause Steelers coming on blitzes an issue, and they can’t allow him to race around the pocket and even take off. If Locker runs for over 40 yards, the Titans have a great shot at the win.

2. CB Alterraun Verner – Was named a starter after winning a competition in camp, but don’t be fooled, Verner is somewhat of a weak link on the Titans. He will likely try to take some early chances to try and make the coaches have more faith in him, and that could result in some big downfield plays for the Steelers passing game. Then again, if he thinks right, he could cause the Steelers some issues. Verner needs to be tested early and often.

3. TE Delanie Walker – Walker will get the start as he came over this offseason from San Fran, and reports say he will play a number of roles in the Titans offense. The former 49er was named in a lawsuit filed Tuesday in California by a man who was shot at a party the two players attended last year. That could be a huge off the field issue, but on the field, the Steelers can’t fall asleep on Walker when it comes to what he can do in the Titans offense.

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Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association and of course, the National Football League. On NFL Sunday’s you can hear Matt on National networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and other stations around the country. Matt also joined The Washington Post in 2009 as a guest columnist on league hot topics. Born and raised in Cleveland, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.

 

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