"To put them behind like (that) to start the game was very unacceptable for us as a defense. 1 defense in the league, and to be that we can't allow things like that to happen." That opening series also featured two completions to Kelvin Benjamin, who missed the 2015 season with a torn left anterior cruciate ligament after a big rookie year.
Antwon Blake missed a tackle as soon as the catch was made, then Ginn outraced the other Titans to the end zone.
That opening series also featured two completions to Kelvin Benjamin, who missed the 2015 season with a torn left anterior cruciate ligament after catching 73 passes for 1,008 yards and nine touchdowns his rookie season.
Benjamin caught a 16-yard pass on the game’s first play from scrimmage and had a 13-yard reception on a third-and-7.
– Cam Newton threw for 162 yards and led scoring drives on two of his four series Saturday and the Carolina Panthers defeated the Tennessee Titans 26-16 in a preseason game.
The game was delayed 30 minutes because of lightning late in the third quarter.
QUOTABLE Panthers: "I think we started pretty fast, and that's what you want to do — start fast and finish fast, too," Newton said.
Titans: "We've got to do something about the first drive," Mularkey said. Bradberry is a second-round pick from Samford, Worley a third-rounder from West Virginia and Sanchez a fifth-round selection from Oklahoma. Jalen Simmons, a free agent from South Carolina State, caught a 6-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter.Titans: Derrick Henry, a second-round selection from Alabama, had five carries for 31 yards. Third-round draft pick Kevin Byard of Middle Tennessee fumbled a punt return, though the Titans recovered. Alex Ellis, a free agent from Tennessee, had a 9-yard touchdown catch with left.Newton also led a 49-yard drive that ended with Graham Gano’s 41-yard field goal.On his final pass, Mariota rolled right and found Harry Douglas in the right corner of the end zone for a 23-yard touchdown. Tennessee Titans safety Kevin Byard (20) retrieves the ball he fumbled under pressure from the Carolina Panthers during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Saturday, Aug. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski) — Mark Zaleski The game was delayed about 30 minutes because of lightning late in the third quarter.