The New Orleans Saints fell to the Tennessee Titans, 10-6, in the preseason finale for both clubs at Nashville’s LP Field on Thursday night.
New Orleans ends the 2012 preseason at 2-3.
The Saints rested the majority of their starting lineup in their fifth preseason contest, and following the formation of the 53-man roster this weekend, they will return to the practice field in Metairie on Monday to prepare for their 2012 season opener vs. the Washington Redskins on September 9 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Assistant Head Coach/Linebackers Coach Joe Vitt said after the game that he was very proud of how the team handled the preseason.
“This a good football team with character individuals,” said Vitt. “Our players are accountable to one another and will be fun to watch.”
The New Orleans defense put together an impressive performance in the finale. Facing starting QB Jake Locker, the Saints held Tennessee to 226 total net yards and only allowed them to convert 29 percent (4-of-14) of their third down attempts.
The Saints won the coin toss and elected to receive. Cadet returned the opening kickoff 22 yards to bring on Canfield to start the game for the black-and-gold.
Canfield immediately threw to WR
On Tennessee’s first play from scrimmage, RB Javon Ringer ran left for a three-yard gain, before he was stopped by Abdul-Quddus. On second down, Ringer took a second carry up the middle and was tackled by LB
On third down, Locker completed an eight-yard pass to WR Lavelle Hawkins to set up first-and-goal at the nine-yard line. However, New Orleans would not allow the Titans to convert inside the ten and they had to settle for a 24-yard field goal by K Rob Bironas.
Starting at their 20, Canfield connected with RB
With a fresh set of downs, Canfield connected with TE
On Tennessee’s first play from scrimmage on their next drive, Locker rolled out with DE
Ivory took the opening handoff for a two-yard gain. Canfield then completed a pass to TE
On third down, New Orleans’ signal-caller stepped back and completed a sharp throw to Morgan for a 20-yard gain where he was tackled by Titans S Coty Sensabaugh.
Following an incomplete attempt to Cadet, Ivory took a handoff up the middle and broke a tackle for an eight-yard gain. However, on a second consecutive run, the rusher was one yard short, sending the field goal unit out. K Garrett Hartley successfully booted the 38-yard field goal to tie the score.
Starting at their 23-yard line, a three-yard pass play from Locker to Titans TE Craig Stevens marked the end of the first quarter. The Titans signal-caller opened the second quarter with a 15-yard completion to WR Damian Williams and an eight-yard pass play to Reynaud. On second and two, Locker tried to hit the running back again, but rookie DT
On third down, Locker completed a throw to WR Lavelle Hawkins for a 12-yard gain that was nearly picked off by Patrick. On the ensuing first down, Locker tried to go long, but overthrew Williams into the end zone. The second down play was equally as productive, as Reynaud coughed up the ball after the handoff and just managed to recover it at the line of scrimmage. On third down, a screen pass to Titans RB Jamie Harper was snuffed out by Patrick for a loss of one, sending Kern and the Tennessee punt unit out. Cadet took a 22-yard punt at the 19-yard line and called fair catch.
When New Orleans got the ball back, RB Joseph Banyard took the handoff and ran behind his offensive line for a four-yard gain. The young runner then showed some solid blocking on the next play as Canfield threw a bomb to Schouman for a gain of 41 yards to advance New Orleans to the Titans 36. A downfield completion to Cadet for a seven-yard gain followed to bring the Saints to the 29 before Canfield delivered a first down conversion on a throw to Morgan for an 11-yard gain. Cadet took to the edge for a five-yard gain before he was pushed out of bounds at the 13-yard line by Titans CB Tommie Campbell. A six-yard completion to Higgins then brought the Saints to the seven and brought up a first-and-goal. Cadet took a handoff near the middle but was stopped by Dawson for no gain. Canfield then went to Toon, who dropped the pass in the end zone.
Canfield tried to put the Saints in the end zone with a short throw to Cadet, but he was stopped by Titans LBs Zach Brown and Tim Shaw three yards short of the goal line.
Tennessee would start at their 39 and moved into New Orleans territory on a seven-yard run by Reynaud and a 16-yard pass play from Locker to WR Kendall Wright, but they would be pushed back to the 43 on an offensive pass interference penalty assessed to the rookie wideout. Locker put the Titans back in field goal position though with an 18-yard completion to TE Jared Cook, followed by a nine-yard run by Reynaud. Two plays later, Locker scrambled and had the ball stripped out by Abdul-Quddus and it was picked up by Mack at the three-yard line and returned five yards.
Canfield immediately went to the air with short throws to WR
After play resumed, a false start penalty was assessed to T
The second half’s opening kickoff by Morstead was returned by Titans WR D.J. Woods 23 yards to the Titans 15, before he was tackled by FB
Canfield completed a throw out of the flat to Higgins for a 12-yard gain, followed by a two-yard run by Banyard. On second down, a Canfield throw was picked off by Shaw at the 45-yard line, advancing it to the 33 before he was run out of bounds by Cadet.
Titans QB Rusty Smith relieved Hasselbeck with favorable field position. Harper took the first play of the drive on the right side and gained eight yards before being pushed out of bounds by CB
Cadet returned the kickoff out of the end zone 35 yards to the 27-yard line for New Orleans’ starting position. The rookie runner from Appalachian State followed up the return with rushes of six- and nine-yard gains. Canfield then completed a throw to Camarillo for a 13-yard gain to advance the Saints into Titans territory. However, New Orleans was unable to convert and Morstead booted a 36-yard punt that. Woods caught the punt and called for a fair catch at the Titans eight-yard line.
Ringer took the next drive’s opening carry for a four-yard gain, followed by a 13-yard pass play to Thompson. However, after an incomplete throw, Titans G Kyle DeVan was assessed a ten-yard penalty on a run by Ringer. Following an incomplete pass, on third-and-20, Smith found Ringer for an 11-yard gain, nine yards short of the chains after he was tackled by LB
Banyard started the next drive with a five-yard carry, followed by a pass play to Morgan for a seven-yard gain and the first down. With a fresh set of downs, Cadet took a carry up the middle for a two-yard gain. On second down, Canfield, eluded a pass rush and completed a short throw to Banyard for a seven-yard gain. The chains were then moved on a five-yard neutral zone infraction assessed to Titans DT DaJohn Harris. A short pass to Cadet resulted in a one-yard gain.
On second down at the 49, Cadet advanced into Titans territory on a five-yard run, where he eluded a Titans defender at the line of scrimmage. A third-and-four pass attempt intended for Camarillo, the last play in the third quarter, was broken up by Sensabaugh. The Saints initially went for it on fourth down, but a pass play from Canfield to Cadet was called back by a holding penalty on New Orleans. Morstead booted a 35-yard punt to the Titans 11, where Woods called a fair catch.
Following an incomplete throw on a deep attempt intended for Woods, Harper was stopped up the middle on a rush by Anderson and DE
Banyard took a carry up the middle for a nine-yard game on a physical run where he lost his helmet. Cadet returned and converted the first down on a two yard run up the middle. Canfield and Schouman then connected on a nine-yard pass play. With another short yardage situation, Cadet took advantage of a hole cleared by T
Harper took the first carry of Tennessee’s drive and was stopped by Anderson after a gain of only one yard. The Titans’ young rusher took a second carry though for a five-yard gain, but New Orleans would once again get the Titans off the field, when Patrick immediately tackled Kirkendoll following a two-yard reception, two yards short of the first down. Kern booted a 47-yard punt that was returned six yards by Camarillo.
With starting position at the 24, Cadet took advantage of a hole on the left side to rip open a 17-yard run. Following a two-yard rush by the running back, Canfield completed a one-yard throw to Toon. An outlet pass to Hall resulted in a nine-yard gain and first-and-ten at the Titans 47. Cadet took a handoff up the middle for a five-yard gain, but was then stuffed by Titans DT Lamar Divens for a loss of a yard. On third-and-six, Canfield faced a heavy pass rush, was sacked by Titans DT DaJohn Harris and lost the ball, which was recovered by the tackle at the New Orleans 38.
Reynaud took the next drive’s opening carry and found a hole for a ten-yard gain before he was tackled by LB
Canfield opened New Orleans’ final drive with short passes to Schouman and Cadet to move the chains. However, holding and tripping penalties on New Orleans would pin them back at their 15. Following a pair of incomplete passes intended for Hall, Canfield found the fullback on an intermediate pass, where a roughing the passer penalty assessed to Tennessee advanced the Saints to the 42-yard line.
Camarillo then made what appeared to be a spectacular heads-up grab off of a throw that went off Schouman’s fingertips, but following an officials review allowable inside the two-minute mark, it was reversed to an incomplete attempt. Canfield was then dropped by Dawson for a loss of 11 yards. On third-and-21, Canfield found Schouman and they got back nine yards.
On a four wideout set, Canfield found Camarillo for a gain of 24 yards to the Titans 36 and the signal-caller subsequently spiked the ball. Following an incomplete pass, a short throw to Hall for a six-yard gain would end the game on the Titans 30-yard line.