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(Young)er Titans make Bucs walk the plank

(Young)er Titans make Bucs walk the plank
NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Titans had a trio of draft picks from last spring combine to score three consecutive touchdowns, but it was a top pick from a few seasons ago that gained the most attention in the team’s 27-20 preseason win over Tampa Bay Saturday night.
Quarterback Vince Young, seeing considerate playing time for the first time at LP Field since last year’s opener, came on in relief of starter Kerry Collins to post a solid performance in the preseason home opener.
Young completed 9-of-14 passes for 131 yards including a 38-yard scoring strike to this season’s top draft pick receiver Kenny Britt that gave Tennessee the lead for good five minutes into the third period.
Titans’ head coach Jeff Fisher saw his team run its preseason mark to 2-0 after its second game within a six-day span.
Fisher was pleased with Young’s showing during the preseason game.
“We just put in a little bit more offense this week for him (Young) and we got him on the edge and he was accurate and made some things happen,” Fisher said. “It was a great job finding Kenny (Britt) in the back of the endzone on that scramble play. He can stay alive back there and he makes things happen.”       
Young gave way maybe sooner than expected in the second half to Patrick Ramsey due to a hamstring issue.
Fisher said Young could have gone back into the game, “I didn’t want to take a chance with him, so we pulled him and finished with Pat.”
Besides Young, Britt coming back from a hamstring of his injury that has slowed his participation in preseason camp and kept him out of the win over Buffalo in last week’s Hall of Fame game, finished with five catches for 89 yards that included his touchdown catch. 
Collins, sharp in his limited play in the Buffalo triumph, completed 4-of-9 passes for 37 yards with two interceptions on Saturday.
One of the picks led to a touchdown and the Titans also were guilty of a holding penalty in the endzone that helped the Bucs to a 12-6 halftime lead.
After the Young-to-Britt scoring pass, rookie Javon Ringer reeled off a 36-yard TD run with less than a minute remaining in the third period.
Another draft pick, cornerback Ryan Mouton scooped up a fumble just over a minute later in the fourth quarter and returned it 29 yards to give the Titans a 27-12 lead.
Tampa Bay played four quarterbacks in the game including first round pick Josh Johnson — who raced 43 yards for the Bucs final score.
Tampa Bay was playing its first game under Raheem Morris, the NFL’s youngest head coach at 32.
The Titans get back to their training camp schedule today.
The team’s next exhibition game will be Friday at Dallas, its third such contest in 12 days.

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