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, here are some winners and losers from Vikings 13, Titans 3.WinnersDalyn DawkinsDawkins got the start over Akrum Wadley and got a lot of work during the game. He played pretty well despite not getting much help from the rag tag offensive line group playing in front of him. Fluellen is the clear 3rd back behind Derrick Henry and Dion Lewis, but it remains to be seen what the team will do beyond that. They could choose to keep just three backs on the roster, they could go sign a player that gets cut somewhere else, or they could keep either Dawkins or Wadley. I’m not ruling anything out here.Kenneth DurdenDurden just continues to make plays during preseason action. He started late — only signing with the team after the first preseason game in Green Bay — but he quickly earned a look from the coaching staff and has made the most of it. It’s possible that the Titans look for a 5th corner among the cuts from other teams, but I have to think they feel pretty good about what they’ve seen from Durden over the past three weeks. Robert SpillaneSpillane is one of the feel-good stories that has emerged over the course of the offseason. He went from a tryout player to one of the biggest playmakers of the preseason for the Titans. I’d highly recommend checking out this piece on Spillane’s journey from The Athletic’s Travis Haney if you haven’t already. Spillane may or may not make the 53-man roster but he’s certainly made an impression. He had another nice game against the Vikings and now has to wait and see if that was enough. It seems likely that he at least sticks around on the practice squad, but we will find out soon enough.LosersFansThis game was a mess from the start as the Titans essentially sat nearly everyone on their two deep for the game. Not only were there virtually no recognizable names on the field for either team — besides maybe Trevor Siemian if you want to count the former Broncos starter — but the game was low scoring and generally dull. The Titans mustered just 165 yards of total offense all game and penalties continued to be an issue as they got flagged 11 times for 93 yards on the night. The Vikings weren’t a ton better either. This was just a disaster to watch as a Titans fan, Vikings fan, or fan of football in general. The NFL has to do something about the preseason. Its absurd that they charged full price for tickets for that display. I salute any fan that stood or sat in the rain for that. The Titans should have given every single one of them a $100 gift card to the pro shop for suffering through that.Laurence GibsonGibson got the start at left tackle and was promptly overwhelmed by Vikings defensive end Stephen Weatherly who got a sack and drew two holds on Gibson in the first quarter alone. He won’t make the roster, and this was a reminder why. Luke FalkFalk removed all doubt for me about whether or not he should make the 53-man roster. He’s just not worth it. No NFL team is swooping in to snatch him up after this preseason. If they want to keep him around on the practice squad just to have a 3rd arm for practices during the season, that’s fine, but in no way does he deserve to be on the 53-man roster. It will be interesting to see if the Titans snoop around some of the QB cuts over the next couple days. Josh Dobbs is rumored to be a likely cut candidate in Pittsburgh and he would be a much better option if Tennessee wanted a 3rd QB on the roster. The regular season is at last underway, which means we get to look forward to the Titans’ week 1 matchup on the road against the Miami Dolphins.For this piece, I will be breaking down a key player on the Dolphins’ offense, which happens to be the newcomer Albert Wilson http://www.titansfootballauthentics.com/will-compton-jersey-authentic
, previously with the Kansas City Chiefs. Wilson signed a three-year contract with the Dolphins in the offseason, and is expected to have a significant role in Miami’s offense. Behind guys like Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill, Wilson had 42 catches for 554 yards and three touchdowns. Now, several Titans fans I’ve talked to don’t really value Wilson’s presence on Miami’s receiving corps; In other words, he’s being underestimated. But with fourth-year wideout DeVante Parker being sidelined for week 1 in addition to struggling for most of his career, Wilson will start the season opener and is a receiver Tennessee needs to look out for.Let’s get to the tape.gamepass.nfl.comIn Miami, Wilson is essentially the underneath replacement for now Cleveland Brown receiver Jarvis Landry. It’s highly unlikely that Wilson ever sees the large target shares that Landry had with the Dolphins, but Wilson is the quicker, faster alternative. This is especially apparent in the screen game, where Wilson was a big piece for the Chiefs in 2017.Chiefs head coach Andy Reid loved putting Wilson in bunch formations, and it sounds like Dolphins coach Adam Gase is going to do the same. Wilson is the main target on this play in a bunch set. The other two receivers are there to block for him while the left tackle also goes into the open field to provide additional insurance. This play doesn’t look like much from Wilson since it relies more on the execution of the blocks, but it’s important to note his speed on the play. As long as he gets blockers in the open field, he’ll be able to do the rest and pick up yards after the catch.According to Football Outsiders, Albert Wilson was the most valuable screen receiver in regards to the replacement level in 2017, leading all screen receiver in Defensive-adjusted Yards Above Replacement with 51 DYAR in this area. This is an area the Dolphins look to exploit on Sunday against the Titans Youth Marcus Mariota Jersey
, as Wilson is basically a monster in the underneath game.But Wilson is more than just a screen receiver, giving him a little versatility on the line of scrimmage.gamepass.nfl.comAgainst the Broncos in week 17, Wilson formed a strong bond with the new starting quarterback for the Chiefs in Patrick Mahomes, In that game, Wilson caught 10 passes for 147 yards and was a key contributor on Kansas City’s game winning drive.This clip is not from said drive, but it illustrates how good of a route runner Wilson is. He’s running a simple curl route, but what makes it impressive is just how smoothly he executes it. He cuts inside against the slot defender to start off, putting the defensive back on skates as he comes back to the ball. What’s important about his route is how Wilson is able to space himself far enough that the slot defender has no shot (and let’s be honest it isn’t even close) at disrupting the pass.It’s not the kind of splash play you’d expect from a receiver like Antonio Brown or DeAndre Hopkins, but it illustrates how near flawlessly Wilson has the fundamentals down as a receiver.gamepass.nfl.comHere, Wilson gets to show off some of his athleticism. Again, he’s the screen receiver in a bunch formation, but this time the results look a little more impressive. Once Wilson sees a gap to go through, he accelerates and gets the first down with ease. But he doesn’t stop there, eluding the defensive back #27 with a nice cut to pick up additional yards after the catch.gamepass.nfl.comOn this play, Wilson runs a simple jerk route Youth Rashaan Evans Jersey
, where the receiver looks to be running a shallow crossing route before cutting back outside. This is effective when you want to isolate a receiver onto a linebacker, like so in the play above. Andy Reid disguises this as a pick play and instead schemes Wilson open with the jerk route. Despite Mahomes’ throw being behind, Wilson adjusts and cuts the corner, getting a first down in the process.Finally, Wilson can on occasion make the spectacular play. gamepass.nfl.comThis is an excellent catch. Wilson not only displays the tenacity and catch radius advantage on the defensive back, but manages to keep both feet in bounds close to the sideline. There’s not much else to say on this except for “Wow what a catch!”Simply put, Wilson is a threat the Titans need to watch out for. He is an extremely effective receiver underneath when asked to work in the flat, run screens, run shallow crossing routes and run jerk routes. He’s also a guy that can contribute in the intermediate passing game, as highlighted in that week 17 matchup at Denver. To conclude, as slot receivers go, Wilson is pretty good, and needs to be surveyed by the Titans defense in DeVante Parker’s absence, as he’s a new piece in a Dolphins offense trying to turn the corner.