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NASHVILLE http://www.steelersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-chukwuma-okorafor-jersey , Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans remain winless through three preseason games with a brand-new coaching staff busy trying to fix issues on offense and defense.

Quarterback Marcus Mariota and his No. 1 wide receiver Corey Davis had trouble connecting on not one, but two third downs. Both Mariota and Davis tried to take the blame for the miscommunication in a 16-6 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday.

On Sunday, first-year head coach Mike Vrabel tried to absolve both Mariota and Davis by taking the blame himself.

“Up until this point, I haven’t done a good enough job making sure that both those guys know where each other’s going to be on every single route,” Vrabel said.

“And I’ll make sure that that happens because the guy throwing the ball and the guy catching the ball those are the only two guys that really at that point in time matter.”

Mariota had driven the Titans to touchdowns on two of their first three drives this preseason.

Yet both the quarterback and the Titans offense managed just 52 yards in the first half with Mariota sacked twice and intercepted once. Mariota finished 5 of 8 for 43 yards.

Davis, the fifth overall pick in 2017 and first wide receiver drafted , has yet to catch a pass in a preseason game. A hamstring injury kept him out of the preseason last year, and he has not caught a pass in his two games this preseason.

The Titans are installing a new offense, Mariota’s third going into his fourth NFL season. They had a chance for a big play on the opening drive on third-and-8 when Davis ran toward the end zone based on coverage with Mariota throwing to where the quarterback had expected his receiver to be. Mariota overthrew Davis on third-and-6 across the middle on their second drive.

Vrabel said the Titans will be relying heavily on both Mariota and Davis this season. Vrabel called it unfortunate that there was some uncertainty when Davis was uncovered.

“It’s important that Corey and Marcus are on the same page,” Vrabel said.

Along with trust, the Titans need much more consistency. Mariota hit Tajae Sharpe with an 11-yard pass on third-and-10 to keep the first drive moving. Derrick Henry converted a third-and-1 on the same drive that ended in a punt.

The Titans went three-and-out on the next two drives before Mariota threw across his body and was intercepted to end his fourth and final drive.

“Consistency is going to be something that’s important,” Vrabel said.

The Titans also have issues to clean up on defense where cornerback Adoree Jackson was beaten on the Steelers’ lone touchdown, a 32-yard pass. Linebacker Jayon Brown was flagged for hitting a defenseless receiver, though Vrabel has asked the NFL to clarify the penalty he thought was lowering-the-head-to-initiate contact.

Penalties remain an issue with Tennessee flagged nine times for 51 yards, improvement from a week ago when the Titans were penalized 11 times for 134 yards in a loss to Tampa Bay.

The Titans wrap up the preseason Thursday night by hosting Minnesota (2-1). Vrabel’s focus is on fixing issues while trying to continue healing as many players as possible before opening the season Sept. 9 at Miami. A total of 12 Titans didn’t play in Pittsburgh, including six starters.

“We just got to find out who’s going to be ready for us on a short week,” Vrabel said.

BEREA Youth Paul Worrilow Jersey , Ohio (AP) — Joel Bitonio doesn’t know if he’ll play left tackle or guard in Sunday’s opener.

“I just do what I’m told,” he said.

No one has told him anything.

Cleveland’s offensive line remains in limbo — and mysterious — just days ahead of a Week 1 matchup with the rival Pittsburgh Steelers. Coach Hue Jackson, who last week said he may shift the left side again, refused to disclose any plans following Monday’s practice.

“Right now, it is the way that is has been,” said Jackson, who slid Bitonio from guard to tackle during training camp. “Nothing has changed in that way. We have a week. We do not play until Sunday. We are going to figure it out and put the best five guys out there.”

Jackson said he “has a pretty good idea” of what he wants to do, but he’s not ready to share his strategy publicly — or, it seems, with his players.

Bitonio laughed when asked if he’s still a left tackle.

“That’s a good question,” he said. “I think coach is going to come back Wednesday and give us a definite answer. I’m ready for both, though. Whatever they put me at, I’m ready to go and play some football finally.”

The Browns knew left tackle would be a major issue after 10-time Pro Bowler Joe Thomas retired in March. The team gave former right tackle Shon Coleman and rookie Austin Corbett a crack at taking Thomas’ old spot before switching to Bitonio, who did well during three exhibition games at a position he hadn’t played since college.

Now, Bitonio might go back to guard and replace Corbett with undrafted rookie Desmond Harrison starting at tackle.

It’s hardly an ideal scenario to be so unsettled this close to the opener.

“I wouldn’t say it’s awkward,” Bitonio said. “I think it’s just trying to get the best five guys out there and it’s taking a little more time than we would have hoped.”

The 6-foot-6, 295-pound Harrison has emerged as an option in recent weeks following a solid camp. Harrison played at Texas before sitting out two seasons and transferring to West Georgia.

“He has improved Youth Rick Leonard Jersey ,” Jackson said. “It gives you another option to look through to see who are the best five guys to put out there — him, (OL Gregg) Robinson. Robinson has improved. I have seen a lot of good things over the last week and a half. My job is to make sure that we put the best players out there, period. Whatever position it is, that is what we are supposed to do. In those situations, that is what we are going to do.”

Bitonio said Harrison is the team’s most athletic lineman.

“He can move, man,” Bitonio said. “He’s athletic. He has the length. He has the size. He’s the prototypical left tackle when you think of a left tackle. He’s like 6-6, long arms, can get back and set. He’s done some good things. I know he hasn’t played against the ones (starters) all the time but when he’s been out there he’s made some good plays. We’re just making sure he has the right mindset and understands what he’s doing every play.”

As he waits to see which position he’ll play, Bitonio took a friendly swipe at Thomas, one of his close friends.

Bitonio was asked what it says that an undrafted free agent could replace a future Hall of Famer.

“He’s a little overrated, huh?” Bitonio quipped.

NOTES: WR Josh Gordon returned to practice for the first time since minicamp in June, and appears on track to play in the opener. Gordon missed more than three weeks in camp to get counseling and treatment in Florida connected to his substance abuse problems. He tweaked a hamstring while conditioning and was held out last week. Jackson reiterated Gordon will not start, “but he is going to play.” Gordon was suspended for the 2015 and 2016 seasons and the first 11 games last year. He came back and caught 18 passes for 335 yards in five games. … TE Seth DeValve (quadriceps), S Damarious Randall (knee), rookie LB Genard Avery (hip) also returned to practice. DeValve missed the entire preseason.
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