Here is a list of a few things to watch for on offense tonight as the Tennessee Titans take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Titans will want to see more than eight yards on five carries from Chris Johnson tonight.
Jake Locker: What more is left to be said on this subject? The Titans entire off-season has revolved around the quarterback competition between Locker and Matt Hasselbeck.
Locker has a real chance to cement himself as the starter for the 2012 season with a strong performance tonight. Hasselbeck is the safe, solid option here, and the Titans know what the have in him. If Locker wants to start now, he has to show the coaches he has the capabilities of taking his game and the team to another level.
Tonight is Locker's chance to grab the bull by the horns, he has showed consistency in the huddle and the ability to command the offense, now it's time for him to put some points on the board and show the organization he is ready to lead them into the future.
Running backs: Darius Reynaud had an impressive game for the Titans last Saturday, scoring one touchdown on a handoff and the returning a punt for a touchdown just minutes later. It will be interesting to see if he can duplicate his efforts and push for a roster spot. Coach Mike Munchak indicated that the ante will be upped for Reynaud this week, as he now will play in the first half against better competition to see if what he did against third-stringers last week in Seattle really carries over or not.
Chris Johnson did not get into his groove last week in Seattle, he only managed 8 yards on five carries. Look for the Titans to get him more time running the ball tonight and continue to throw passes his way to erase the bad taste of last week’s dropped screens.
Javon Ringer and Jamie Harper will also get some carries tonight. Could one of these two be on the roster bubble if Reynaud proves he’s no fraud?
Offensive line: As sketchy as some of Johnson and the rest of the running back group’s runs were last week, some of that falls on the offensive line.
I looked up from my twitter account too many times to see lineman on the ground and the running back being blown up at or behind the line of scrimmage last weekend. With a new center in Fernando Velasco anchoring the middle of the line and interior, they need to find a way to gel and consistently open holes for backs to run through, no matter how indecisive.