Preseason week 4-Tennessee Titans32 New Orleans Saints 9- September 1,2011
NEW ORLEANS -- Tennessee's rookie quarterback Jake Locker added a bit of sparkle to an otherwise lackluster game Thursday night, leading the Titans to a 32-9 victory over the New Orleans Saints.
The Titans' first-round pick, who is expected to press Matt Hasselbeck for the starting job at some point this season, completed 15 of 17 for 132 yards and a touchdown. He had a 118.6 quarterback rating, playing just over three quarters. Locker also ran 22 yards to score.
Saints backup QB Chase Daniel was not as impressive, completing 29 of 39 for 249 yards. He was sacked twice. His only TD drive came in the fourth quarter when Montez Billings capped a 66-yard drive with a 2-yard reception.
The final preseason game for both teams was a battle of the backups. The Titans briefly played 10 of their regular starters, including quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, who took nine snaps, and five defensive starters.
Tennessee agreed to a $56 million, six-year deal with starting running back Chris Johnson earlier Thursday. He will be a welcome addition for the regular season. Six Titans runners churned out 118 yards against the Saints, and the only TD rushing was Locker's.
New Orleans had one offensive starter in early and seven defensive starters played for a short time.
Saints starting quarterback Drew Brees, like all the offensive starters except left guard Carl Nicks, sat out. New Orleans opens the season next Thursday at Green Bay in the kickoff game for the regular schedule.
New Orleans signed veteran kicker John Kasay on Tuesday after Garrett Hartley hurt his right hip while kicking an extra point against Oakland. Kasay missed a 39-yard field goal and an extra point Thursday night before connecting on a 38-yard field goal.
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