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Tennessee Titans: 5 Players Who Stood Out In Preseason Week 2

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Tennessee Titans: 5 Players Who Stood Out In Preseason Week 2

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The Tennessee Titans lost 31-24 to the New Orleans Saints in preseason Week 2, but showed plenty of positives. Their 10 penalties were dwarfed by the Saints' 22. Their starters scored on the first two possessions and were not completely overshadowed by Jimmy Graham's revolt against the dunk-celebration ban. Heading into next week's contest in Atlanta, at least five Titans can feel good about their performance.

5. TE Taylor Thompson

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5. TE Taylor Thompson

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Thompson led the team in receptions with five for 56 yards. The 6-foot-6, 268-pound third-year tight end from Southern Methodist is fighting for the third spot behind Delanie Walker and Craig Stevens. He can also play fullback. He showed reliable hands, catching all five of his targets. While not flashy, he looks like a trustworthy receiver and blocker.

4. LB Wesley Woodyard

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4. MLB Wesley Woodyard

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Woodyard showed why he was worth signing away from the Denver Broncos for four years and $16 million. He recorded four tackles while leading the defense that held New Orleans to only 2.9 YPC. Not one Saints runner gained 20 yards. It was an encouraging all-around performance. In his seventh season, Woodyard brings necessary experience and leadership to the middle of the Titans' defense.

3. QB Zach Mettenberger

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3. QB Zach Mettenberger

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Backup Charlie Whitehurst was knocked out of the game by Kenny Vaccaro, forcing Mettenberger into action earlier than expected. He seized the opportunity, completing 20-of-25 passes for 269 yards and two scores. He did have one underthrow picked off by Vinnie Sunseri. He also let Jordan Cameron sneak around behind him and strip the ball. His pocket presence will improve.

2. QB Jake Locker

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2. QB Jake Locker

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Locker had an efficient first two possessions, completing 8-of-11 passes for 75 yards and a score. He also had a seven-yard carry. He looked quick and strong as usual, but with more poise and experience. The weapons around him are improving. Titans fans are hoping this is the year Locker emerges as the franchise quarterback they've been dreaming of. Tennessee turned the ball over five times, but not with Locker at the helm.

1. WR Justin Hunter

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1. WR Justin Hunter

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While catching four passes for 111 yards and two scores, Hunter showed why he's such an electric talent. His first touchdown was a precise toe-tapper over Corey White in the end zone. The second was a medium-length pass where Hunter burst away from the defense for 64 yards. Not many NFL fans knew what Justin Hunter was about before this game, but they're beginning to take note.