That remains a work in progress.
John Vaughn, filling in for All-Pro Rob Bironas, kicked a 33-yard field goal as time expired Friday night to lift the Titans to a 17-16 victory over the Oakland Raiders in an exhibition featuring the first quarterbacks taken in the 2006 and 2007 drafts.
Oakland (1-1) appeared set to remain unbeaten as Aaron Elling, subbing for an injured Sebastian Janikowski, kicked three field goals with the last one bouncing off the left upright with 5:19 left to put the Raiders ahead.
But undrafted rookie safety Tony Joyner knocked the ball away from Oren O'Neal at the Titans 1 with 2:10 left, and rookie Stanford Keglar recovered for Tennessee (2-0). Ingle Martin, a Nashville native, was 6-of-8 on the drive and set up the winning field goal with a 26-yard pass to Chris Davis in the Titans' best stretch of passing all game.
Titans coach Jeff Fisher said they tried to stay basic and see if they could simply beat the Raiders that way. He said the play wasn't necessarily the quarterback's fault and attributed some of the problems to inconsistency at receiver.
"I'm not concerned. He had a great week of practice. He's had a great camp, and he'll bounce back and hope his numbers are better," Fisher said of Young.
Oakland's JaMarcus Russell could claim a small victory for himself as he threw for more yards and had something Young didn't -- a touchdown pass. The first overall pick in 2007 left the game with a 10-7 halftime lead. He had only one good series -- one more than Young -- and finished 10-of-17 for 75 yards.
Oakland coach Lane Kiffin tried to focus on Russell's play rather than how the Raiders failed to win after having first-and-goal at the Titans 7 only to fumble at the 1 three plays later.
"JaMarcus took care of the ball. I'm very pleased, I just need to get over the end of the game," Kiffin said.
The Titans worked on their passing offense with Young, the 2006 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, but had little success against a Raiders defense missing cornerback DeAngelo Hall.
Young was 4-of-13 for 37 yards and left after five series, his final incompletion drawing a smattering of boos. Backup Kerry Collins tossed a 51-yarder to rookie Lavelle Hawkins, who dodged two defenders in the third quarter. Ahmard Hall recovered a fumbled punt in the end zone in the second quarter.
Young said the Titans will get better.
"We've got more plays in our offense than what y'all seen today. Just going to continue to keep working," he said. "... It's preseason. That's why we work. ... I continue to get better and better. I hate it because I've got to hear these questions like this every time something like that happens. At the same time, I know ... I'm going to get better."
Oakland had 224 yards rushing, close to matching the 248 it ran for in the exhibition opener against San Francisco. Tennessee, which had 340 yards rushing in its exhibition opener, finished with 140.
Darren McFadden, the first running back taken in the draft at No. 4 by Oakland, ran six times for 44 yards. His 26-yard run in the final seconds of the first half set up a 56-yard field goal by Elling for the 10-7 lead.
Tennessee's Chris Johnson, the fifth running back drafted at No. 24 overall, picked up 46 yards on eight carries and returned a kickoff 30 yards. Johnson stunned fans a week ago with a 66-yard TD run, and he picked up 15 yards on each of his first two carries against the Raiders. But he also looked like a rookie as he dropped two passes that hit him in the hands.
Russell threw only five times in last week's 18-6 win, and he was just 3-of-5 for 7 yards through the first three series Friday. But he clicked on the fourth by completing his first four passes.
After an incompletion, he scrambled to the left away from All-Pro defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth and fired a 10-yard touchdown pass to Zach Miller past Titans linebacker Keith Bulluck at the start of the second quarter for a 7-0 lead. Russell said he had fun, especially with a reliable target like Miller.
"As long as I put it in his vicinity, he's going to catch it," Russell said.
Young got to throw more than the six passes he attempted in the Titans' opener. That didn't mean he did that much better as the Titans went three-and-out on the five series he played. They opened with an empty backfield and LenDale White lined up wide right. Raiders linebacker Thomas Howard sacked Young on the Titans' second play from scrimmage.
|LenDale White covers for the Titans' dismal passing game with 39 yards on eight carries. (US Presswire)|
|Fri. Aug. 15||Final|
|OAK - Pass: A. Walter (7-11, 85), Rush: A. Echemandu (3-77)|
TEN - Pass: K. Collins (4-15, 109), Rec: L. Hawkins (2-70)
|TD||Zach Miller, 10 Yd pass from JaMarcus Russell (Aaron Elling kick is good), 14:44. Drive: 6 plays, 61 yards in 2:45.|
|TD||Ahmard Hall, 0 Yd fumble return (John Vaughn kick is good), 4:07.|
|FG||Aaron Elling 56 Yd, 0:00. Drive: 2 plays, 26 yards in 0:09.|
|TD||Lavelle Hawkins, 51 Yd pass from Kerry Collins (John Vaughn kick is good), 12:57. Drive: 5 plays, 72 yards in 2:03.|
|FG||Aaron Elling 27 Yd, 12:44. Drive: 17 plays, 82 yards in 8:34.|
|FG||Aaron Elling 45 Yd, 5:19. Drive: 9 plays, 53 yards in 5:02.|
|FG||John Vaughn 33 Yd, 0:00. Drive: 11 plays, 82 yards in 2:10.|
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