Chance Warmack said he learned some things from his first NFL preseason game Thursday night against the Washington Redskins.
Early on, Warmack got pushed into the backfield a couple of times because he was up too high and using the incorrect technique. He also helped to allow a sack of Jake Locker.
But in the end, Warmack said he was pleased with his debut, especially after helping the Tennessee Titans rush for two first half touchdowns.
“I had some ups and I had some downs. It was a learning experience, my first preseason game. I've got three more, so if I get better going into the next preseason game, I'm happy. Overall, I was pleased,” said Warmack, the Titans' first-round draft pick.
As part of that learning process, Warmack learned some of what works and doesn't work in the NFL.
“Preseason is a time for you to get a feel for what you can do in the regular season. There were things that I thought I could get away with as far as technique, but I learned that you've got to use it a little bit differently,” he said. “We had a down block on '22 power' and I used the wrong technique and I got embarrassed because of that. Second time around, we ran '22 power' and I learned from that and made a correction.”
On the first play of Tennessee's second series, the Chris Johnson broke loose for a 58-yard touchdown run.
Later in the first half, Warmack was pulling out, and found only a cornerback between Shonne Greene and the goal line. Warmack made that block, and Greene went into the end zone untouched, giving the Titans' a 14-7 lead.
“We had a counter play where I pulled and nobody was out there but the corner. The running back made it for a touchdown,” Warmack said.
No one was happier to be back in a Titans uniform and dodging tacklers than Marc Mariani, who a year ago in the preseason sustained a gruesome leg fracture.
Thursday night marked his return to LP Field as a player.
“Just to have that feeling again of guys coming down the barrel at you and standing under a punt and waiting for it to come out of the air, it was awesome. You can't train for it. There's nothing you can do to simulate it.”
On the Redskins first scoring drive, the Titans aided them thanks to a 15-yard personal foul penalty on safety Bernard Pollard for a late hit.
Pollard, a free agent pickup by the Titans in the off-season, has a bit of a reputation for hard hits on the field, and he was quickly flagged for unnecessary roughness for his hit on Aldrick Robinson near the Titans sideline.
“I don't know. I guess I'm pegged or whatever, I can't think about that. We've got to set the tone. In our secondary, if you catch the ball, and we're around you, we're gonna hit you,” Pollard said.
Second-round pick Justin Hunter made his first catch of the preseason. It appeared as if he had a first-down on the third-down catch, but when he reversed field to try and gain more yards, he was tackled short of the marker. A rookie mistake.
“I didn't even notice it until I looked down, how far I was. I was like a yard short. If I had just fell, I would have had it, but I was looking for way more,” Hunter said.