Thursday, December 14, 2017
Sports

Routing Bucs doesn't cure all for Titan QBs

NASHVILLE — Though Tennessee scored 30 points in beating the Bucs on Friday at Raymond James Stadium, Jake Locker's struggles in his first preseason start have the Titans pushing back their timetable for announcing their starting quarterback for this season.

Mike Munchak had pegged the third preseason game for making that decision, but neither veteran Matt Hasselbeck or Locker have been impressive splitting starts through the first two games. Munchak was not ready to announce his starter for Thursday night against Arizona.

Locker was the eighth overall pick in the 2011 draft and was the only quarterback selected in the first round who did not start a game as a rookie.

On Friday, his second pass sailed over receiver Kendall Wright and was picked off by Bucs safety Ahmad Black. That led to Tampa Bay's lone scoring drive. Early in the second quarter, Locker overthrew 6-foot-5 tight end Jared Cook.

Locker finished 4-of-11 for 21 yards with a passer rating of 7.0 while running twice for 24 yards.

The Titans know what they have in Hasselbeck, who passed for 3,571 yards last season, but the 14-year veteran has been inconsistent too. He was had two interceptions in the preseason opener against Seattle. Against Tampa Bay, he was 4-of-5 for 29 yards passing.

SCARED KOLB?: Arizona quarterback Kevin Kolb was sacked by Oakland's Tommy Kelly for a safety during Friday's game. And the Raiders defensive end didn't let up after Oakland's 31-27 loss.

"He is skittish. He is scared back there," Kelly said of Kolb. "Anytime anybody gets close to him he starts looking at the refs. As a defensive lineman you love a quarterback like that. He's not even trying to look at the routes anymore."

Kolb fired back while taking to the Cardinals' website, profootballtalk.com reported.

"Scared? Scared of what?" Kolb said. "Taking a hit? I have never been afraid of anyone on the field and that will never change. That includes No. 93 (Kelly). … Tommy Kelly is too clueless to know the difference. I don't mind people criticizing my play. Don't ever question my toughness."

Also, Cardinals starting left tackle Levi Brown has a torn right triceps and is likely out for the season.

Giants still rule N.Y.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — It didn't matter if it was Mark Sanchez or Tim Tebow at quarterback. The Jets could do little against the Giants defense.

Rookie Jayron Hosley returned an interception of Sanchez 77 yards for a touchdown, and the Super Bowl champions stifled the Jets in a 26-3 preseason victory in a matchup of the two MetLife Stadium tenants.

But the rookie cornerback out of Virginia Tech wore a walking boot on his right foot after the game and said he wasn't sure about the extent of his injury.

Tebow, the former Florida star making his home debut, led the Jets to their only points, a 30-yard field goal. He was 5-for-14 for 69 yards and rushed for 5 yards on two carries.

RAMS 31, CHIEFS 17: Sam Bradford threw for touchdowns on his first two drives as host St. Louis, which gained 215 yards for the game in a 38-3 loss to the Colts, had 151 in the first quarter alone in winning the annual Governor's Cup game. Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe didn't make the trip a day after signing a franchise tender.

FALCONS: Linebacker Akeem Dent returned to practice for the first time since sustaining a concussion and the team hopes he'll be fully cleared today.

49ERS: Running back Brandon Jacobs injured his left knee in the first quarter of a 20-9 loss to the Texans and stayed on the ground for several minutes.

GIANTS: Rookie linebacker Mark Herzlich (hip pointer) and defensive end Adrian Tracy (pulled hamstring) left in the second half against the Jets.

REDSKINS: Pro Bowl linebacker Brian Orakpo left with a left shoulder injury after trying to make a lunging tackle of Chicago's Devin Hester in the first quarter. Also, safety Brandon Meriweather had to be helped off the field with a knee injury.

SAINTS: Linebacker Chris Chamberlain said he is out for the season after injuring his left knee Friday against the Jaguars.

SEAHAWKS: Terrell Owens started in his debut with the team and dropped what would have been a 46-yard touchdown pass from Matt Flynn early in the game against the Broncos.

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