Two rookies will have the chance to shine Sunday.
Titans running back Chris Johnson was so impressive this summer, that Tennessee now considers him a co-starter along with LenDale White. Whether or not Johnson starts, the Titans are going to try to put the ball in his hands as often as possible.
Sometimes it will be from the running back position on a handoff, other times from the slot as a receiver, but do not be surprised if Johnson touches the ball often. The Titans feel that his speed will demoralize and paralyze opponents.
While Johnson’s value is skyrocketing, former second-round pick Chris Henry’s is going the other way. Henry’s role in Tennessee has been so diminished that he has been deactivated Sunday versus Jacksonville.
Also, Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson will start Sunday. The Eagles’ second-round pick in April, Jackson catches the ball well, is now grasping the ‘Z’ position and Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb has shown an increasing amount of trust in him throughout the preseason.
Jackson will become the first Eagles wide receiver to start on opening day since Calvin Williams in 1990.