The Tennessee Titans takes against the New York Jets in their first matchup in the 2017 NFL Preseason. Here are all the details surrounding the Titans-Jets exhibition game.
The Tennessee Titans will kick off their 2017 NFL season campaign with a road game against the New York Jets. Some of the news has already been known about players who will play and won’t be playing in this contest.
The Titans’ second overall pick in 2015 NFL Draft’s Marcus Mariota is widely anticipated to start at center and is enthusiastic to show that his surgically repaired right leg is 100 percent healed and he’s at 100 percent healthy when his team square off New York Jets in each team’s 2017 preseason opener on Saturday, August 12.
Mariota appears to be fully recuperated from a broken leg he sustained during Week 16 of the 2016 NFL regular season. Mariota and the entire roster of the Titans, who posted a 9-7 record in the most recent season, enter the 2017 NFL season with high anticipations, with some pundits opting for the Titans to secure the AFC South. Should Mariota can sustain his 100 percent health, then the quarterback has a slew of weapons on the offense and the organization added talent on defense.
The former Oregon superstar quarterback Marcus Mariota will play a little bit, while DeMarco Murray and Corey Davis, who are recovering from hamstring injuries, will not engage in in a preseason clash for the ages. As for the New York Jets, running back Bilal Powell will be sidelined due to neck pain.
The Tennessee acquired three new wide receivers and a new tight end during the offseason. One of those acquisitions is Corey Davis, won’t play in Saturday’s preseason opener. Eric Decker probably won’t be playing more than a series or two.
Taywan Taylor and Jonnu Smith, will get a lot of work to make an affirmative judgement from the crowd most especially from the Titans coaching staffs and top brass. It will solidify themselves as role players, or potentially more. While the NY Jets roster depth is in substandard form, there is a good number of talent in their secondary unit.
The Jets, meanwhile, added three new weapons to their defensive backfield during the free agency period, including the former Dallas Cowboy cornerback Morris Claiborne and safeties Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye, landed from high draft picks. Smith and Decker alongside Delanie Walker will face off often against Adams or Maye.
The New York Jets fortunes nosedive with a 5-11 losing record in 2016 season and the franchise revamped their roster during the offseason. The Jets released veterans such as wide receivers Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker – who now plays in Tennessee – as well as offensive lineman Nick Mangold and cornerback Darrelle Revis. The moves left many observers to think that the Jets are tanking (the act of giving up a match or throwing it away, losing intentionally or not competing) the 2017 NFL season with the hopes of clinching the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft to select their potential franchise quarterback.
Here’s all you need to know about the preseason opener:
What: Tennessee Titans vs. New York Jets
Date: Saturday, August 12
Time: 4:30 p.m. PT/7:30 p.m. ET
Venue: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey
Online Stream: You can watch a live stream of the game on NFL gamepass.