The Tennessee Titans finished up the preseason with a decisive 21-10 victory over the host Miami Dolphins on Thursday night.
Now, the decisions begin to whittle the roster from 75 players to 53, a task that must be done by Saturday at 3 p.m. CDT.
The Titans held Marcus Mariota, DeMarco Murray and a number of other skill position starters out of the game.
After receiving the opening kickoff, Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi was stripped of the football by DaQuan Jones on their first offensive play. The fumble was recovered by safety Rashad Johnson at the Miami 21 yard line.
Matt Cassel starting in place of Mariota, wasted little time driving the Titans into the end zone in needing only three plays and was capped by a Derrick Henry one-yard run to stake the Titans to an early 7-0 lead.
The Titans defense, which has struggled in giving up touchdowns on opening drives through the first three preseason game was solid against Miami through the first quarter, stopping the Dolphins on all three possessions in the period including on a fourth and one play on their second possession at the Tennessee 25 yard line.
The Titans offense, led by third-team quarterback Alex Tanney, would overcome two penalties in route to a seven-play, 75-yard drive that consumed 4:08 and ended on a one-yard Antonio Andrews plunge into the end zone.
While Andrews finished the drive with the score, it was Henry who powered the Titans down the field with two runs of 26 and 22 yards on the drive.
Henry would exit in the first quarter with 7 carries for 62 yards and a touchdown.
Tanney was 17 of 20 for 168 yards passing in the game, but had two passes picked off in the first half. One of those set up the Dolphins’ only touchdown, as Daniel Thomas scored from a yard out.
Tre McBride, one of a handful of players on the roster bubble trying to earn a roster spot, led the Titans with 67 yards receiving on five catches.
The Titans’ Kevin Byard picked off a Zac Dysert pass in the end zone at the end of the first half.
_ Greg Arias contributed to this report