The Tennessee Titans ended the preseason with a 19-15 victory over the Chicago Bears Thursday night at Soldier Field.
Dalyn Dawkins had a big night for the Titans, rushing for 117 yards on 14 carries as reserves played the entire game for Tennessee ahead of roster cuts, which will begin on Friday for GM Jon Robinson and Coach Mike Vrabel.
Dawkins also caught two touchdown passes from third-string quarterback Logan Woodside, another player on the roster bubble for Tennessee.
The Titans held all their starters and a number of key reserves out of Thursday night’s game.
One of the players surprisingly held out was rookie defensive tackle Isaiah Mack, an undrafted rookie from UT-Chattanooga. Mack had a strong preseason and may have solidified his status on the 53-man roster, if being held out along with veterans and draft picks who should have roster spots locked up.
Woodside, hoping to force the Titans to keep a third-string quarterback on the roster rather than placing him on waivers in an attempt to re-sign him to the practice squad. He went 17 of 29 for 212 yards and two TDs.
Dawkins, who spent most of last season on the practice squad, had not seen preseason action due to an injury, but came on strong once he got his chance in the preseason finale.
Other players who enjoyed solid outings in trying to buck the odds included linebacker Derek Roberson, who had two sacks one day after the Titans acquired Reggie Gilbert from the Green Bay Packers to provide depth at outside linebacker.
Inside linebacker David Long, the Titans’ sixth-round pick, had a solid night while playing most of the first half.
Kalif Raymond, still trying to find a spot in a crowded wide receiver room, had a 45-yard reception that helped to set up the Titans’ first touchdown. Raymond has had a solid camp, but faces long odds with six receivers ahead of him in the pecking order.
Once roster cuts are finalized by Saturday at 3 p.m., the Titans can begin to establish their 10-man practice squad, beginning Sunday at noon.