Marcus Mariota looks to accelerate comeback in Titans preseason game vs. Panthers

Marcus Mariota looks to accelerate comeback in Titans preseason game vs. Panthers

The Titans had auctioned the first two play calls to a fan for charity. We had a really good week of practice, and we really had a good training camp.

The Titans (1-1), who were held to just three points last week against the New York Jets, scored on their first three possessions against Carolina, with help from one long drive and two Panthers turnovers. Cam Newton will play a major role in the team's attempt to get back on track but he continues to remain sidelined during the preseason.

"It was a lot better", Mariota said.

Henry got another touchdown on the next drive, but it came after bashing his head against the Panthers' tough run defense over and over. Mariota later connected with Walker in the corner of the end zone. The Titans quarterback completed 6-of-8 passes for 61 yards and a touchdown - a four-yard completion to tight end Delanie Walker - before being replaced by back-up Matt Cassel in the first quarter.

In the video below, Henry uses the stiff-arm on a 17-yard touchdown against Carolina's first-team defense.

Carolina got a 46-yard field goal from Harrison Butker to make it 24-10. The Titans chose not to play DeMarco Murray in the contest.

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Linebacker Wesley Woodyard tipped an interception to himself off a pass thrown by Joe Webb and returned it for a touchdown. The Titans turned both turnovers into touchdowns.

McCaffrey's second-quarter touchdown got the Panthers on the board as he skipped over a defender at the line before outracing Brice McCain to the pylon. Carolina would tie up the game on a 37-yard field goal from Graham Gano, but several minutes later it was a three-yard TD run from David Fluellen that put the Titans ahead for good.

The Titans face the Bears in preseason game No.3 next Sunday at Nissan Stadium.

Shortly after the Panthers quarterback watched his teammates drop a 34-27 preseason contest to the Titans, head coach Ron Rivera on Saturday sounded as optimistic about his most important player as he has in almost three weeks.

"You could tell he was rusty, " Rivera said Thursday.

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