Tennessee Titans: First impressions of Tampa Bay Buccaneers win

NASHVILLE – Coaches and players always say they can’t accurately evaluate individual performances in a game until they review film.

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

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

Good impression: Kyle Phillips, punt returner. The fifth-round pick out of UCLA pretty much locked up the job as a punt returner, averaging 25.7 yards 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 made it work when he went 27 yards to the 26. His final return covered 35 yards and set up the offense at the Tampa Bay 44. On offense , he was targeted multiple times, more than all but one of his teammates, suggesting he got open often, but finished with just one reception for 11 yards.

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