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Week 3 Game Recap: Tennessee Titans 9, Jacksonville Jaguars 6

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Tennessee Titans

In what may end up as the sloppiest game of the week, there were no touchdowns to speak of with the Titans amassing only 233 yards of total offense. Blaine Gabbert got the start but was knocked out early with a concussion, leading to Marcus Mariota finishing the game despite his injured arm. Mariota put up a nice rushing stat line but was unreliable through the air, which sank the production of all Titans' receivers. Derrick Henry out-touched Dion Lewis for a second straight week, but neither Titans' running back had eventful days with around 3.1 yards per attempt combined.

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars offense limped into the game against Tennessee. Leonard Fournette was inactive once again. Left tackle Josh Wells was making his fifth start in four NFL seasons. Right guard AJ Cann was inactive with a triceps injury. TJ Yeldon started the game despite having an ankle injury. The injuries were not the main culprit behind the Jaguars abysmal offensive output however. 8 penalties for 75 yards were. The Jaguars committed a penalty on almost every offensive drive, and they are not a talented enough unit (doubly so with their injuries) to be playing behind the sticks.

Tennessee Titans

QB Marcus Mariota, 53 offensive snaps, Pass: 12 - 18 - 100 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 7 - 51 - 0
Marcus Mariota started this game on the bench still dealing with his elbow injury, but he was forced into action when Blaine Gabbert was knocked out with a concussion in the first quarter. Mariota was very noticeably having trouble throwing and gripping the ball, as many of his passes were both wobbly and errant. Mariota rarely attempted many passes beyond 10 yards of the line of scrimmage, as his longest pass play came on a short comeback route on which Corey Davis willed his way to a 22-yard gain. These troubles in the passing game actually led to an uptick in rushing by Mariota, finishing with over 50 rushing yards. It started with a 13-yard scramble near the Titans' goal line at the end of first quarter. With only a couple minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Mariota's other rushing highlight came in a big situation on 3rd-and-1. It was a read option play where Mariota kept it, jetting through a hole in the middle to pick up the first down and 15 yards as he helped to grind down the clock on the way to a Titans win.

QB Blaine Gabbert, 9 offensive snaps, Pass: 1 - 3 - 8 - 0 TD / 0 INT
Blaine Gabbert received the start in place of an injured Marcus Mariota, but he attempted only three passes before taking a massive hit resulting in a concussion and potential injury to his throwing arm. Gabbert would not return to the game and was replaced by Mariota.

RB Derrick Henry, 32 offensive snaps, Rush: 18 - 57 - 0 (1 targets)
Derrick Henry was the lead back for the second week in a row, out-touching Dion Lewis 18-to-12 overall with all 18 of Henry's touches coming on the ground. Henry picked up some tough yards as he finished with an almost identical stat line as Week 2. It was a difficult matchup in a sloppy offensive contest with many of Henry's runs going for only a couple yards here and there. Henry's highlight run came near the start of the fourth quarter as he led off the Titans' drive with a 14-yard run up the middle on a well-blocked play allowing Henry to use his speed to get past the front seven before powering through some arm tackles to pick up a few extra yards. This would be his only rushing attempt of greater than six yards on the day.

RB Dion Lewis, 30 offensive snaps, Rush: 9 - 26 - 0, Rec: 3 - 14 - 0 (3 targets)
Dion Lewis's usage continues to drop as he finished with a season-low 12 touches compared to 18 touches from Derrick Henry. Lewis was ineffective with his nine rushing attempts, averaging only 2.8 yards per carry. Lewis did have a few longer runs of seven and nine yards, but he also countered those with a couple runs for no gain or negative yardage. The Titans' passing game was not firing on all cylinders with Marcus Mariota in the game despite nursing an injured arm, so Lewis certainly felt that pain as he finished with only three receptions for 14 yards. Lewis could have had a bigger game through the air, but he simply did not play a ton of snaps and was required for blocking to defend against an aggressive Jaguars front seven.

WR Taywan Taylor, 32 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 30 - 0 (5 targets)
Taywan Taylor led the team in targets and receptions, but each reception came on very short routes for meager single-digit games. He really had no highlight-worthy plays here, but the usage was encouraging to see him targeted so heavily despite this being an overall terrible day for the Titans passing offense.

WR Corey Davis, 52 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 34 - 0 (4 targets)
Corey Davis was only targeted four times as the Titans offense was extremely limited with an injured Marcus Mariota at the helm for three-quarters of play. Davis did lead the team in receiving yards though, fueled by a 22-yard reception near the start of the second half. On 1st-and-20, this was a simple comeback route where Davis stopped on a dime to haul in the short pass before breaking through an arm tackle to accelerate across the first down line. Davis would have another big situational catch on 3rd-and-5 to move the chains as he hauled in shallow slant route right at the first down marker before getting a few extra yards on sheer effort for a 12-yard gain.

WR Rishard Matthews, 31 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 3 - 0 (2 targets)
Rishard Matthews was targeted only twice here, hauling in one for three yards. The Titans passing game did next to nothing in this game with Blaine Gabbert concussed and Marcus Mariota playing with an injured arm.

WR Tajae Sharpe, 24 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 16 - 0 (1 targets)
Tajae Sharpe saw just one target with no receptions, with his only involvement coming on an end around rush for 16 yards to start the second half.

TE Jonnu Smith, 57 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 9 - 0 (2 targets)
Jonnu Smith finished with just two targets as the Titans continue to give looks to tight Luke Stocker. Despite the talent, Smith is not living up to what many would hope would be at least partially filling the shoes of Delanie Walker.

Jacksonville Jaguars

QB Blake Bortles, 57 offensive snaps, Pass: 21 - 34 - 155 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 5 - 27 - 0
Started off the first drive nice, completed first two passes both for 1st downs. After his second completion, he took a delay of game penalty changing the play at the LOS and everything was downhill from there. Took a sack on the next play. Drive ended in a punt following 3rd and 14. 3 and out next drive - protection issues. Airmailed an easy out route to an open Cole on 3rd and 3 next drive. Cole killed him with two key drops on good passes in the first half. First two passes coming out of halftime batted down by DL. Converted 3rd and 10 on a Pop pass to Westbrook vs a blitz. Drive eventually stalled out on a poor throw to an open Cole on a crosser on 3rd and 4. Got more involved as a runner in the second half. Positive in terms of some yardage outcomes, but with the protection failing over the course of the 2nd half it also led to sacks.

RB T.J. Yeldon, 38 offensive snaps, Rush: 7 - 44 - 0, Rec: 6 - 46 - 0 (7 targets)
Playing through an ankle injury. You could tell he was playing through pain, but looked good enough as a runner - even behind an offensive line missing two starters. He was noticeably slow releasing and cutting in his routes early, but seemed to get more comfortable as the game went along. He got the offense out from shadow of their goalpost after a Jeremy Parnell false start put them at 1st and 15 from their own 9. He made a catch and run in the flat for 13 yards. Afterwards, he failed the conversion on 3rd and 1 on an inside run from 21 personnel where the backside pursuit stoned him at the LOS.

RB Corey Grant, 20 offensive snaps, Rush: 6 - 11 - 0, Rec: 1 - -1 - 0 (2 targets)
With Leonard Fournette out again, Grant and Yeldon continued to split duties in the backfield. He ran a fake punt on second drive of the game, but the Titans were ready for it and stopped it. He is not effective as an inside runner from under center. . At this point, Grant is a manufactured touch player who does not offer much as a runner.

WR Keelan Cole, 53 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 40 - 0 (9 targets)
Cole had a rough day with two drive stalling drops. He did have some production hitting routes underneath. He caught a quick out on 1st play of game and got upfield for a 1st down. On his first bad drop he ran a good route and got himself open on a corner and dropped a very well thrown ball. He dropped another easy out on 2nd and 10 that would have gone for a 1st down.

WR Dede Westbrook, 39 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 31 - 0 (4 targets)
Westbrook continues to see most of his production coming on Shallow Crosses and screens. He is improving in the YAC department, but still isnít a threat that defenses divert a lot of attention to or fear. He did have one very nice 3rd and long conversion on Pop pass vs the blitz.

WR Donte Moncrief, 48 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 16 - 0 (3 targets)
Moncrief was non-existent in this game. He caught a Shallow Cross on the first drive for a 13 yard pickup and was did not have a catch again until the final drive. He was called for a holding penalty on a Dede Westbrook screen that gained all of 4 yards.

TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, 47 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 18 - 0 (5 targets)
Seferian-Jenkins drew a few underneath targets in the first half, but was quiet overall today. While it was quiet in the receiving department, it was probably his best day as a run blocker so far.