BREES, DANIEL, MANY OTHER ROSTER LOCKS SIT OUT
Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Jake Locker threw for 81 yards in his last tuneup to start the regular season under center, as the Tennessee Titans edged the New Orleans Saints, 10-6, in the final preseason game for both teams.
Locker, Tennessee's first-round selection in the 2011 draft, completed 9-of-16 passes Thursday night. He was named the team's starting signal-caller last week after coming out on top of a close competition with battle-tested veteran Matt Hasselbeck.
Locker's first regular season start will come at home against the defending AFC champion New England Patriots on Sept. 9.
Third-string quarterback Sean Canfield played the entire contest for the Saints and connected on 31-of-45 passes for 288 yards and a pair of interceptions.
Garrett Hartley booted a pair of field goals for the Saints, who will begin the regular season Sept. 9 at home against the Washington Redskins.
Locker played most of the first half until Hasselbeck took over with under two minutes remaining. Locker led the Titans to a score on their first possession, after Tennessee recovered a fumble by Travaris Cadet. Rob Bironas kicked a 24- yard field goal.
Hartley kicked a 38-yard field goal in the final minute of the opening quarter and added a 21-yarder midway through the second.
Locker fumbled the ball away while scrambling up the middle deep inside Saints territory late in the half. Hasselbeck completed 3-of-4 passes for 19 yards before yielding to Rusty Smith, who ended 4-of-9 for 27 yards.
An interception by linebacker Tim Shaw led to the only touchdown of the game - a 1-yard run by Jamie Harper early in the third quarter.
Canfield was picked off by Tommie Campbell in Tennessee territory with 4:31 remaining in the game. The Saints got as far as the Titans' 30 before time expired.
The Saints ended the preseason 2-3, while the Titans finished 3-1.
|Final Team Statistics|
|Time of Possession||30:46||29:14|
|New Orleans||- T.Cadet 15-57, C.Ivory 6-24, J.Banyard 5-21 S.Canfield 1-6.|
|Tennessee||- J.Harper 10-39, D.Reynaud 8-29, J.Locker 2-22 J.Ringer 6-17.|
|New Orleans||- S.Canfield 31-45-2, 288 yards.|
|Tennessee||- J.Locker 9-16-0, 81 yards R.Smith 4-9-0, 27 yards M.Hasselbeck 3-4-0, 19 yards.|
|New Orleans||- T.Cadet 8-44, D.Schouman 6-74, J.Morgan 4-43, G.Camarillo 3-43, M.Higgins 3-35, K.Hall 3-27, N.Toon 2-6, C.Ivory 1-9, J.Banyard 1-7.|
|Tennessee||- D.Reynaud 3-20, T.Thompson 2-20, L.Hawkins 2-20, D.Williams 2-17. J.Cook 1-18, K.Wright 1-16, D.Woods 1-6, J.Ringer 1-6, C.Stevens 1-3, J.Kirkendoll 1-2, J.Harper 1-(-1).|
|< Prev||Next >|