Titans 24, Cardinals 10

Tennessee Titans wide receiver Lavelle Hawkins (87) runs past Arizona Cardinals safety Rashad Johnson (49) for a 22 yard reception on third and one in the third quarter of an NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at LP Field in Nashville, Tennessee on August 23, 2010. (UPI Photo/Frederick Breedon IV) Photo via Newscom

http://view.picapp.com//JavaScripts/OTIjs.jsIt was only 2 seasons ago that Vince Young had one of his worst preseason performances. On August 15, 2008, Young was outplayed by JaMarcus Russell (click the link and read an early declaration by NFL.com saying “Russell is for real”) as Tennessee managed an ugly one-point win over the Oakland Raiders. Young looked like a quarterback who was regressing.

Fast forward to 2010. Young looks confident and accurate. If his strong commitment to the offseason program and his passing performance against the Cardinals means anything, watch out. Vince Young may be on the cusp of becoming one of the league’s best quarterbacks.

Leapin’ Lavelle Hawkins made the play of the night on a 22-yard reverse run. I’m happy for him. Seems like a nice kid who’s gaining confidence and preparing to contribute to the offense in his third season.

Off the street free agent Samkon Gado took the field before LeGarrette Blount got a chance to play. Gado responded by scoring two rushing touchdowns. Was coach Jeff Fisher sending Blount a message?

I fully expect Fisher to keep his guy Blount on the roster. Perhaps a running-back needy team will give Gado another chance.

The offensive line looked fantastic.

Last month, I predicted that Jason Babin would not make the team. Now, I wouldn’t be surprised if Babin starts ahead of ailing rookie Derrick Morgan.

I also won’t be surprised if rookie Alterraun Verner overtakes Jason McCourty for the second cornerback spot. The game in Carolina will reveal a lot about this team’s starting lineup and regular season prospects.


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