NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Recently, Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Terry Robiskie spoke of tight formations creating opportunities for receivers to use the width of the field in order to get some length.
That, and the Titans play-action, worked to perfection on Kendall Wright's 48-yard diving touchdown catch on Sunday in a 28-26 win over the Browns at Nissan Stadium.
With two tight ends lined up beside left tackle Taylor Lewan, the Titans had Wright in the slot on the right just inside the numbers and Tajae Sharpe wide right. DeMarco Murray was straight behind Marcus Mariota, who took the snap from under center.
The play-action fake to Murray drew cornerback Jamar Taylor, initially lined up about 5 yards off the line on the right hash marks, as well as the entire seven-man front, toward Murray.
Mariota pulled the ball back and turned left, back toward the middle.
Center Ben Jones whirled right and set to take on linebacker Joe Schobert, who began to move right to chase Murray. Schobert saw Mariota keep the ball and took off for him, but Jones pinned him outside.
Meanwhile nose tackle Danny Shelton sliced between guards Quinton Spain and Josh Kline and had a good, straight path at the quarterback. Mariota moved a bit to his right, and Kline caught up to Shelton and shoved him to the quarterback’s left.
The two blocks created an alley for Mariota, who stepped up and launched the pass for Wright.
Wright had run at strong safety Derrick Kindred, who started about 17 yards off the line of scrimmage in the middle of the field and crept two steps to his right on the fake to Murray. He then squared to Wright, who broke at a 45-degree angle toward the pylon at the front left corner of the end zone and ran away from the defender.
Taylor had a ton of ground to cover after biting on the play-action and was late arriving to the catch.
The receiver left his feet, extending as far as he could, collecting the ball, landing hard at about the 2-yard line. He got his knees off the ground and drove into the end zone as Kindred arrived and unsuccessfully tried to stop him.
The play withstood review, as officials judged Wright got up before he was touched, and he was left to catch his breath after the tough landing.
That made it 14-6 and added a whole new dimension to the Titans' offense.