First-half observations from Canton

The night is pretty much over for most of the starters for the Bills and Titans. They’ve got four more preseason games to play, and no use exposing anyone else to injury.

We saw about what I figured from Terrell Owens. T.O. was moved around from the right to the left, in the slot and out wide, and made a nice reception on a slant, and caught one other ball. That was about it.

Punter A.J. Trapasso runs the ball in for a TD against the Bills. (David Richard / Associated Press)

Punter A.J. Trapasso runs the ball in for a TD against the Bills. (David Richard / Associated Press)

Coach Jeff Fisher pulled off one of his quintessential moves on the first drive, calling for a fake punt that was something the Harlem Globetrotters would be hard pressed to duplicate. Looked like the right side of the Titans’ line sagged as part of the drill, allowing several Bills to get near rookie punter A.J. Trapasso, then Trapasso yanked the ball behind his back — no easy move — and raced down the left side 40 yards for a touchdown. You gotta love Fisher. And here I thought owner Bud Adams’ dance routine would be the best moves of the night.

You could tell the impact not having star C Kevin Mawae had on the Titans’ line. Running back Chris Johnson had a heck of time doing much between the tackles, but, man, that speed and his change-of-direction on the outside plays is hard to contain. His burst is special.

I love to watch TE Alge Crumpler rumble with the ball downfield. It’s like watching a flashback to some highlights from the 1950s. He made some nice grabs, though.

And, for one second-quarter observation — Vince Young did not look particularly comfortable or effective in his first two series.

He flubbed a safety valve to RB LenDale White, then floated a pick, with no receiver in sight. Could have been a wideout broke off his route, but regardless, it wasn’t pretty. As I’ve been reporting, there are definitely people within the Titans organization who believe Patrick Ramsey might emerge as a more viable backup as Young tries to revitalize his career. It’s still very, very early, but worth monitoring.

On his second drive, he wobbled the ball trying to throw on the run and had little success trying to keep the ball and run with it on the ground, too.

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