Six Things That Stood Out for the Titans in Saturday Night’s Preseason Win Over the Cardinals

Titans veteran Robert Woods has made great progress, one step at a time since joining the team back in March. On Saturday night, Woods did something he hadn’t done previously: Suit up and play in a game. Woods started at receiver against the Cardinals, and he made one catch for three yards before trading his helmet in for a baseball cap. Woods said earlier in the week he doesn’t think about his surgically repaired knee any more, and he’s now cleared another hurdle leading up to the regular season. “We’re just trying to do what is best for everybody to get them ready for the regular season,” Vrabel said of Woods.

Ryan Stonehouse and Brett Kern

Titans punter Brett Kern has been one of the team’s most popular players in the past decade, but in the locker room on Saturday night, he found himself facing questions about his future. Time will tell what happens at the punting position in the coming days. Kern said he feels he hit the ball well in camp while also complimenting Stonehouse. “I told (Ryan): I have been in the league a long time, and I’ve seen about three or four people my entire life hit a ball like he does.” Stonehouse handled the punting duties on Saturday night, and it’s safe to say he let it fly. Stonehouse punted seven times for a 49.4-yard average, including a pair of punts of 64 yards and three downed inside the 20. “I feel like each game I have improved,” Stonehouse said, “and I think that’s what I’m going to continue to do.”

Ugo Amadi Returns to Nissan Stadium

It’s been a whirlwind of a month for new Titans defensive back Ugo Amadi, who the team acquired in a trade just a few days ago. Nine days before that, Amadi had been traded to Philadelphia from Seattle, where he played his first three NFL seasons. But on Saturday night, Amadi found himself back at Nissan Stadium, where he played as a kid during his Pop Warner days. “When I played as a six-year-old, I was a lot smaller,” a smiling Amadi said. “But as an adult, while I am young in my career, it was unbelievable. I couldn’t believe I was out there (tonight) representing the city. It was a blessing.” Amadi, who prepped at Nashville’s John Overton High, was credited with two pass break-ups and a tackle. “I had a lot of family here,” Amadi said, smiling bigger. “I kept seeing them on the Jumbotron during the game. I just couldn’t believe that I am actually home, and everyone is out here rooting for me and the city.”

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