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quarterback has plenty of experience of playing somewhere in a different

Coming back to Tennessee is a bit easier thanks to such a short stint with
the Titans.

“When I was here, it was such a blur because really it was just a year,”
Fitzpatrick said. “I’d just got released from Buffalo and was only here for a
quick time. So they’ve done a really nice job with it. It’s almost
unrecognizable with some of the stuff and how it’s changed so quickly.”

Fitzpatrick went 3-6 filling in for Jake Locker in 2013. That was three
coaches and a handful of quarterbacks ago for Tennessee with Fitzpatrick with
his third team since then.

Making the return visit more enjoyable is Fitzpatrick is expected to start a
second straight preseason game Saturday night for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Tampa Bay will be without Jameis Winston for the first three games of the
season, suspended after the NFL investigated an allegation Winston groped a
female Uber driver in Arizona in March 2016.

Tennessee will start Marcus Mariota, the quarterback drafted No. 2 overall in
2015 after Tampa Bay selected Winston. Mariota is on his third head coach in
Mike Vrabel, who will make his home debut Saturday night. Mariota is busy
learning offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur’s offense and wants to follow up the
touchdown drive he had in their opener at Green Bay.

“If we can go out there, operate at a high tempo, operate where everybody’s
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will be definitely success,” Mariota said.

Elsewhere around the NFL, Jacksonville is at Minnesota, Oakland visits the
Rams, Cincinnati is at Dallas, San Francisco visits Houston, Chicago is at
Denver and Seattle is at the Chargers.

What to look for around the league Saturday:


Jimmy Garoppolo’s exhibition debut lasted one drive with a few off-target
passes and no points. He could get a little more time against Houston after two
days of joint practices with the Texans showing him a different style of defense
than he usually sees in practice.

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Houston star receiver DeAndre Hopkins missed most of the first of two
practices with the 49ers after being kicked out for his role in a scuffle with
Jimmie Ward. In his return, he reveled in competing against four-time Pro Bowler
Richard Sherman and hopes to get more work in against him Saturday night.

“It’s always good to up against a veteran guy because he can tell your
weaknesses, he’s going to tell you after what you need to work on,” Hopkins
said. “So, going up against guys like that, it helps me stay on top of my


When the Raiders return to their old home at the L.A. Coliseum for the first
time in nearly 24 years to face the Rams in an exhibition game, both teams will
have key pieces missing.

Oakland edge rusher Khalil Mack and Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald, the
winners of the past two AP Defensive Player of the Year awards, both are staging
contract holdouts as they seek lucrative long-term deals.

That gives both teams opportunities to see what kind of pass rush they can
get without the two stars. The Raiders were pleased with the inside push rookies
P.J. Hall and Maurice Hurst supplied in the exhibition opener against Detroit
last week.

The game marks the Raiders’ first game at the Coliseum since losing 19-9 to
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Coliseum before returning to Oakland in 1995, winning the Super Bowl following
the 1983 season.

Rams coach Sean McVay is expected to hold out quarterback Jared Goff, running
back Todd Gurley and most key playmakers for a second straight game.


The previous time the Vikings suited up at U.S. Bank Stadium, they beat the
New Orleans Saints in their playoff game on Stefon Diggs‘ last-play touchdown
catch from Case Keenum. Kirk Cousins watched that one from home, in awe and
disbelief like everyone else, not yet knowing Minnesota was the place he would
wind up.

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Minnesota’s fans for the first time. He is expected to play more than one series
after being perfect in the Vikings’ exhibition opener last week at Denver.

“The little bit I’ve been there, it’s a great facility,” Cousins said. “I’m
just so excited to hear the crowd and go through warmups and just get a feel for
the game-day dynamic. I’m sure it’s going to be second to none in the NFL.”


The Jaguars will be without both cornerback Jalen Ramsey and defensive end
Dante Fowler in Minnesota. Both were left at home for disciplinary reasons
following a scrap between Fowler and defensive end Yannick Ngakoue. That ought
to create more opportunities for rookie defensive end Taven Bryan, who was held
out of the game against New Orleans last week because of an abdominal injury.
Bryan was the 29th overall pick in the draft out of Florida.


Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton gets another college version of his two
Texas homecomings in Dallas.

The Houston-area native and former TCU standout threw for two touchdowns in
the preseason debut of Cincinnati’s revamped offense, a 30-27 win over Chicago .
It’s the third time Dal Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden says wide receiver
Josh Doctson is OK after landing hard on his left shoulder.

Gruden said Thursday "everything checked out fine" after an evaluation. The
third-year receiver is expected to be held out of at least one practice, but
Gruden insisted it's not a problem.

Doctson got tangled up with cornerback Josh Norman during red-zone drills at
training camp Thursday and left with trainers. He posted on Twitter that he was

Achilles' tendon soreness robbed the 2016 first-round pick of most of his
rookie season. But he played every game last year and had 35 catches for 502
yards and six touchdowns. Even with the addition of Paul Richardson, the
Redskins expect significant contributions from Doctson with new quarterback Alex

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