|LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE|
|Wednesday||RB Dexter McCluster (foot), CB Jason McCourty (groin), LB Wesley Woodyard (ankle)|
|Thursday||CB Jason McCourty (groin), LB Wesley Woodyard (ankle)|
|FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE|
|Wednesday||QB Charlie Whitehurst (right finger)|
|Thursday||RB Dexter McCluster (foot), QB Charlie Whitehurst (right finger)|
|OUT (DEFINITELY WILL NOT PLAY)|
|Wednesday||WR Marvin Jones (foot), TE Alex Smith (biceps)|
|Thursday||WR Marvin Jones (foot), TE Alex Smith (biceps)|
|DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE|
|Wednesday||LB Vontaze Burfict (concussion), RB Rex Burkhead (knee), WR A.J. Green (toe), G Mike Pollak (knee), LB Sean Porter (hamstring), DT Brandon Thompson (knee), T Andrew Whitworth (knee), G Kevin Zeitler (calf)|
|Thursday||G Clint Boling (not injury related), LB Vontaze Burfict (concussion), RB Rex Burkhead (knee), LB Sean Porter (hamstring), DT Brandon Thompson (knee), G Kevin Zeitler (calf)|
|LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE|
|Wednesday||S Shawn Williams (groin)|
|Thursday||DE Carlos Dunlap (knee), WR A.J. Green (toe), S Shawn Williams (groin)|
|FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE|
|Thursday||G Mike Pollak (knee), T Andrew Whitworth (knee)|
The Titans agreed to terms on a contract with veteran LB James Anderson and placed LB Zach Brown on injured reserve.
Anderson (6-2, 235) is a veteran of eight NFL seasons, who has 110 games of experience, including 69 starts. For his career, he has totaled 556 tackles, 12 sacks, three interceptions, five forced fumbles and eight fumble recoveries.
Anderson was a third-round selection by the Carolina Panthers in the 2006 NFL Draft. He played seven seasons for the Panthers with the final three as a full-time starter. He led the team in tackles in both 2010 and 2011, and his total of 145 stops in 2011, set a franchise record for tackles in a season. In his final season in Carolina (2012), Anderson also set a single-game team record for tackles with 20 in a contest against the Giants.
Last season he led the Chicago Bears in tackles with 104 and registered a career-best four sacks. He was signed by the New England Patriots this past June and was with the team through training camp. Anderson played his college football at Virginia Tech, where he was a two-year starter.
Dallas – DT Ken Bishop, LB Justin Durant, DE Lavar Edwards, OT Donald Hawkins, DE Anthony Spencer, QB Dustin Vaughan, OT Darrion Weems
Tennessee – LB Zach Brown, WR Kris Durham, WR T.J. Graham, CB Brandon Harris, DL DaQuan Jones, QB Zach Mettenberger, OT Byron Stingily
Pete Prisco and Pat Kirwan preview the NFL Week 1 matchup between the Tennessee Titans and the Kansas City Chiefs.
TENNESSEE TITANS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
|STREAKS||2 of past 3|
|COACHES VS. OPP.||Whisenhunt: 0-1||Reid: 1-4|
|LAST GAME||10/06/13: Chiefs 26 at Titans 17. Kansas City RB Jamaal Charles rushes for 108 yards & TD. Chiefs CB Marcus Cooper records INT & recovers fumbled punt return for TD.|
|LAST GAME AT SITE||12/26/10: Chiefs 34, Titans 14. Kansas City QB Matt Cassel completes 24 of 34 passes for 314 yards & 3 TDs (128.8 passer rating). Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles has 2 TD catches.|
|BROADCAST||CBS (2:15 PM MT): Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon. SIRIUS: 119 (Ten.), 127 (KC). XM: 225 (KC).|
|PASSING||Locker: 111-183-1,256-8-4-86.7||A. Smith: 308-508-3,313-23-7-89.1|
|RUSHING||Greene: 77-295-3.8-4||Charles: 259-1,287 (1C)- 5.0-12 (T1L)|
|RECEIVING||Wright: 94-1,079-11.5-2||Charles (RB): 70-693-9.9-7|
|SACKS||Casey: 10.5||Hali, Houston: 11|
|INTs||Pollard: 3||Berry, Cooper: 3|
|PUNTING||Kern: 43.4||Colquitt: 46.0|
|KICKING||Succop (KC): 118 (52/52 PAT; 22/28 FG)||Santos (Pre.): 14 (5/5 PAT; 3/3 FG)|
TITANS: QB JAKE LOCKER won 4 of 7 starts in 2013, passing for 1,256 yards & 8 TDs in those games with 86.7 rating. Has played 23 games in 1st 3 seasons, passing for 3,974 yards with 22 TDs. Has also rushed for 502 yards (6.9 avg.) on 73 att…In only career meeting (12/11/11 with NYJ), RB SHONN GREENE rushed for 129 yards on 29 att. (5.4 avg.) with TD. RB DEXTER MC CLUSTER spent 4 seasons with KC (2010-13), posting 662 rush yards, 1,500 rec. yards & 3 PR-TDs…WR KENDALL WRIGHT led team in catches (94) & receiving yards (1,079) in 2013, both career-highs. Since joining Titans in 2009, WR NATE WASHINGTON leads team in rec. (267), rec. yards (3,944) & rec. TDs (26). Needs 56 receiving yards to become 9th player in club history to reach 4,000. In last road game (12/22/13 vs. Jax.), had 6 catches for 117 yards (19.5 avg.), including 30-yard TD…DT JURRELL CASEY led team with 10.5 sacks in 2013, joining RAY CHILDRESS (13 in 1992) as 2nd DT in club history with 10+ sacks in single season. S BERNARD POLLARD had INT in last meeting…CHIEFS: 2013 Chiefs won 11 games, tied for most by team that won 2 or fewer in previous season (2008 Dolphins, 2012 Colts)…Since 2011, QB ALEX SMITH is 30-9-1 (.763) as starter & has passed for 8,194 yards with 53 TDs vs. 17 INTs for 92.5 rating. In 2013, set club single-season record for rushing yards by QB, with career-high 431 yards on 76 att. (5.7 avg.)…RB JAMAAL CHARLES led NFL with 19 total TDs in 2013 (12 rush, 7 receiving). In 2013, joined HOFer O.J. SIMPSON (1975) as only players ever with 100+ scrimmage yards & TD in each of 1st 7 games of season. Had 145 scrimmage yards (108 rush, 37 rec.) & rush TD in last meeting. RB KNILE DAVIS has 4 rush TDs in past 4 games…In last meeting, WR DONNIE AVERY had 3 catches for 91 yards (30.3 avg.). TE ANTHONY FASANO has TD catch in 2 of past 3 vs. Ten…Since 2010, LB TAMBA HALI has 46.5 sacks, 2nd most in AFC (ROBERT MATHIS, 48). Has 8.5+ sacks in each of past 5 seasons. LB JUSTIN HOUSTON aims for 3rd season in row with 10+ sacks (10 in 2012, 11 in 2013). Had sack in last meeting. In last meeting, CB MARCUS COOPER notched 1st career INT.
Zach Mettenberger slid to the sixth round of the draft due to his ACL injury and concerns about a lack of production in big games at the college level.
Mettenberger told SiriusXM NFL Radio he plans on fighting for the Titans starting job from the beginning, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports.
“If I was drafted and Jake Locker is the vet, I’m coming for his job from Day 1,” Mettenberger said. “That’s my attitude. If I don’t win the job, I’m pushing, in this scenario, pushing Mark to be the best guy for the job. I’m going to make Jake work that much harder, make Charlie (Whitehurst) work that much harder, ’cause I’m coming every day. And I’m bringing my best effort and my hardest work to the facility every day to show that I shot be the guy playing.”
“I think that’s the approach any guy worth his salt has,” Mettenberger said. “You’re not only thinking about the short team, but you also have a long-term view of yourself as a player and a person. We don’t play this game to ride the bench, you don’t play this game to just get a paycheck — at least the good ones don’t. You play this game because you love it, you love competing, and you wanna play. That’s what I’m doing.”
“I’m trying to do whatever Coach (Ken) Whisenhunt asks of me, trying to show that I play mistake-free football and can lead long drives,” Mettenberger said. “That’s all I can control. And if my time comes this year, next year, four years, it doesn’t matter. When that opportunity comes, I have to take advantage of it, and be patient until that time comes.”
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