Tennessee Titans

Stadium: Nissan Stadium | Coach: Mike Mularkey
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense17th132.0 (6th)204.0 (25th)
Defense17th105.8 (16th)231.2 (19th)

Titans report: Notes, quotes

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--It was a short stay in Tennessee for LeGarrette Blount. The running back made the Titans' 53-man roster on Saturday, but was put on waivers the following day when the Titans needed to upgrade at linebacker.

Tennessee had hoped to sign him to the practice squad, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers put an end to that, putting in a waiver claim for the former University of Oregon star.

--Chris Johnson says he will stick with his goal of rushing for 2,500 yards this season. Johnson ran for 2,006 yards last year, becoming only the sixth player in league history to do so. No player has ever reached 2,000 yards twice, so Johnson would be entering a class of one if he even comes close to his monstrous goal.

"That starts this week," Johnson said. "So I'll have me a little ticker counting down. 2,500 is the goal, so I'm sticking to that. I feel like it's very realistic. People didn't think 2,000 yards was realistic with the goal I set last year. I made a lot of people believers, so I'm going to stick to my goal."

--According to the combatants, the Titans still haven't settled on a starter at right cornerback. Jason McCourty is expected to have the job, but apparently is still trying to fend off fourth-round pick Alterraun Verner of UCLA.

"Today, we were doing like 10-rep periods, and me and Verner were going five and five. I'm expecting that probably throughout the week, and we'll see how it goes," McCourty told TitanInsider.com.

Of course, Titans coach Jeff Fisher isn't tipping his hand as to who will start between the two, though McCourty started all four preseason games for Tennessee and still is regarded as the favorite.

--Rusty Smith overcame the odds of being a low-round draft pick from an unheralded school to make the Titans roster as a third-string quarterback. Smith was kept in favor of veteran Chris Simms, who was released on Saturday.

Smith played well enough in the preseason, despite some inconsistency (18 of 33 for 198 yards and two picks) and displayed a strong arm, so the Titans were not willing to subject him to the waiver wire.

He credits his playing in a pro-style offense with helping him have a chance to make early headway.

"I think it was a huge advantage for me, because I've taken snaps from under center before, whereas a lot of guys have just taken snaps from the shotgun," Smith said. "Even though I did come from a pro-style offense, I still had stuff to work on -- on footwork and my drops. I can't imagine not having any kind of pro-style in my system at all."

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