Cortland Finnegan had been out with a groin injury for all of preseason before returning Thursday night.
The New Orleans Saints, even with former Titans backup Patrick Ramsey at the controls instead of Drew Brees, decided to test the 2008 All-Pro cornerback to see just how ready Finnegan was to play.
They targeted him early and often, getting a 39-yard pass interference penalty on a throw for Robert Meachem and later hitting gains of 29 and 21 yards against the Titans star.
Was Finnegan surprised that the Saints would go after a player of his notoriety.
“Yeah, why not? I don't give a rat's [expletive] who I am and neither do they. And that was apparent right off the jump,” Finnegan said.
Finnegan insisted there were no issues with him, just a need for him to play better than that by the time the Oakland Raiders arrive Sept. 12 for the regular season opener.
“There was no rust. I don't believe there was any rust. I just didn't play very good football,” he said.
Will he be where he wants to be by the season opener?
“There's no question about it. I'm the hardest critic on myself. That's not going to happen again. People are not used to seeing it,” Finnegan said.