Jeff Fisher said those who watch Saturday’s preseason game against Carolina (7 p.m., WKRN-TV Ch. 2) can expect to see more of the Tennessee Titans’ starters than in either of the first two preseason contests.
The head coach also made clear what he does not want to see following the conclusion of training camp Thursday.
“We’ve discussed the potential distractions, and typically in the third preseason game, because of the fact that you are breaking camp there are things that shouldn’t happen – there are false starts, there are penalties, there are things like that because of distractions,” Fisher said. “I think the fact that we’ve got two (games) in seven (days) is going to help.”
Actually they play two games in six days. After the game at Carolina, they will conclude the preseason Sept. 2 at home against New Orleans.
The Titans need to win both in order to continue their streak of consecutive preseasons with at least three victories, which currently stands at three.
Including their time as the Houston Oilers, they never have played the Panthers in the preseason. Conversely, they have met New Orleans at this time of year more often (26 times) than any other franchise except Dallas (34 times).
The first of the NFL’s mandatory cut dates is Tuesday, when rosters must be reduced to 75.
“We’ve got a lot to do and a short time to get it done,” Fisher said. “They have to stay focused and we still have a lot of things that we have to get accomplished.”
Fisher said many of the starters would play almost all the way to halftime. Some others might play into the second half.
That will make it more difficult to get all of the players involved at some point, particularly at a position like quarterback, where four different players saw action against Arizona.
• First-round draft pick Derrick Morgan made it through a full practice. A calf injury he originally sustained during offseason workouts flared again on the first day of training camp and sidelined or limited him ever since.
“We got him involved in some pass rush stuff early, and he’s fine and we expect him to be able to play a few plays this (Saturday) at Carolina,” Fisher said.
• Two veterans, defensive tackle Tony Brown and linebacker David Thornton, spent all of training camp on the physically unable to perform list.
Neither has been ruled out for the start of the regular season, though.
“We still have two games to play left, so I’m hoping that they are getting closer,” Fisher said. “Now if I were to pick I’d say (Brown) has probably a better chance (to lay in the preseason) than (Thornton).