Ten Takeaways from Titans’ preseason-opening victory

By John Glennon

    Strange as it might sound, preseason games – unlike regular-season contests -- are often far less about the team than they are about individuals.

    Wins and losses are of secondary importance, while player development and roster construction are of great significance.

    Still, there’s nothing wrong with combining some promising individual results with a team victory.

    That’s what the Titans accomplished in their preseason opener Friday, a 23-3 thumping of Atlanta in Mercedes-Benz Stadium. A number of Titans stepped forward with strong first outings, performances that will give them a leg up when it comes to shaping the 53-man roster.

    Here are 10 takeaways from the contest:

    Woodside starts strong -- It had been a while – dating back to the 2019 preseason – since quarterback Logan Woodside had last seen any kind of significant game action throwing the football.

    But Woodside got off to a strong start defending his No. 2 role on the depth chart against challenger Matt Barkley. Despite a shaky, patchwork offensive line, Woodside completed 10-of-15 passes for 84 yards and one touchdown, posting a quarterback rating of 103.2.

    Woodside looked just a little off target on his first couple of throws but quickly found his range . . .

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