Titans' Defensive End Derrick Morgan to Make NFL Debut Saturday
Morgan, the Titans' first-round selection in the 2010 NFL Draft, returned to practice this week after being out with a calf injury. Titans Head Coach Jeff Fisher said he expects Morgan to play on at least a limited basis at Carolina on Saturday.
"We got him involved in some pass rush stuff early, and he's fine and we expect him to be able to play a few plays this weekend," Fisher said.
As is the case with many teams around the NFL, the Titans likely will play their starters more extensively in the third preseason game Saturday. Fisher said starters could play through halftime.
"We've got two games in the next seven days," Fisher said. "If you look at it that way, we've got a lot to do and a short time to get it done. We've discussed the potential distractions, and typically in the third preseason game, because of the fact that you are breaking camp there are things that shouldn't happen. There are false starts, there are penalties, there are things like that because of distractions."
But Fisher also added, "I think the fact that we've got two (games) in seven (days) is going to help. They have to stay focused and we still have a lot of things that we have to get accomplished."
With the Titans breaking camp Thursday, Fisher also addressed camp as a whole, and what the team accomplished the past three and a half weeks.
"They like to play and for the most part, we've minimized a lot of mistakes that typically happen early in preseason," he said.
Fisher also said that even with Morgan missing much of camp, a rookie class that likely will need to contribute this season developed quickly.
"I referenced it after the first preseason game that there were no wide eyes," Fisher said. "They were out there playing, and I think that speaks to the class but also to the rest of the group-the veterans, they welcomed them; they've shown them the way. They've been helpful because they know they're here to help us. I think that would be the biggest thing, and then of course we have younger players who are improving and there is quite a list of younger players who are improving."
One thing that Fisher said isn't a worry as camp ends is running back Chris Johnson, a 2,000-yard rusher last season who has yet to break a long run in preseason.
"He has the potential at anytime to go, but it is not a concern," Fisher said.