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Scouting Report: Chargers at Titans
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The San Diego Chargers kick off the 2016 preseason when they visit the Tennessee Titans Saturday night at 5:00pm PT at Nissan Stadium. It marks the first time the Chargers open the preseason on the road since 2005.
What to Watch For…
On Offense for the Chargers
On Offense for the Titans
QB Marcus Mariota leads the home team into action, protected by tackle Jack Conklin, who was selected eighth overall out of Michigan State. He’ll have a new target to work with in WR Andre Johnson as the seven-time Pro Bowler was signed on the first day of training camp. Another newcomer to watch out for is DeMarco Murray. The former Philadelphia Eagle and Dallas Cowboy running back was acquired via a trade in March. In his last five seasons, Murray ranks sixth in the league with 5,228 rushing yards and seventh with 34 rushing touchdowns.
On Defense for the Chargers
On Defense for the Titans
Tennessee boasts a new-look secondary headlined by former Miami Dolphins cornerback Brice McCain and Arizona Cardinals safety Rashad Johnson. The team also selected Clemson OLB Kevin Dodd 33rd overall, and he’ll be making his NFL debut alongside NT Austin Johnson who was selected 43rd overall out of Penn State.
By the Numbers
Defensively, the Bolts ranked 20th in total defense (361.9 ypg), 14th in passing (236.6 ypg), 27th in rushing (125.3 ypg) and 21st in points allowed (24.9). Tennessee ranked 12th in total defense (342.2 ypg), seventh in passing (229.9 ypg), 18th in rushing (112.3 ypg) and 27th in points allowed (26.4).
Saturday night marks the first chance to see a litany of new Chargers in action.
The Chargers and Titans have only met one other time in the preseason as San Diego defeated Tennessee 21-7 at Vanderbilt Stadium in 1997.
CBS (KFMB, Channel 8 in San Diego and KCAL-TV, Channel 9 in Los Angeles and Orange County) – Spero Dedes (play-by-play), Dan Fouts (analyst) and Heather Myers (reporter)
Rock 105.3 FM, XTRA Sports 1360 (San Diego) and AM 570 KLAC (Los Angeles & Orange County) – Josh Lewin (play-by-play) and Nick Hardwick (analyst)
Spanish Radio –XHFG 107.3 (San Diego)– Jorge Villanueva (play-by-play) and Tony Alvarez (analyst)