Tennessee Titans: First impressions of win over Tampa Bay Buccaneers

NASHVILLE — Coaches and players always say they can’t accurately evaluate individual performances in a game until they’ve reviewed the film.

In other words, first impressions don’t always last.

We’ll leave the film studio to them. Here’s an immediate assessment of some Tennessee Titans players who made a good impression and others who made a bad impression in Saturday’s 13-3 preseason win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Good impression: Kyle Philips, punt returner. The fifth-round pick out of UCLA pretty much shut down the punt returner job with a 25.7-yard average on three attempts, all in the first quarter. He made a questionable decision when he took his first return from a yard deep in the end zone, but he made it work when he went from 27 to 26. His final return covered 35 yards and set up the attack on Tampa Bay. 44. On offense, he was targeted in skin time, more than all but one of his teammates, suggesting he got open often, but he finished with just one reception for 11 yards.

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