Titans get preseason off to slow start

10:50 AM, Aug 12, 2012   |    comments
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SEATTLE - Matt Hasselbeck had 10 memorable seasons playing for the Seahawks.

On Saturday with the Titans, the veteran quarterback had one forgettable quarter against his former team in a 27-17 loss.

Hasselbeck's first pass deflected off Nate Washington's hands, was intercepted by Brandon Browner and returned 23 yards for a touchdown. Later, Hasselbeck's deep throw for Damian Williams was picked off.

In his three series, Hasselbeck was 5-of-9 passing for 45 yards, along with the two interceptions.

"It definitely felt weird to be back," said Hasselbeck, who played for the Seahawks from 2001-10. "The reception I got from the fans ... was humbling. I didn't think I would get choked up, but I got a little choked up.

"I'm disappointed the stats weren't any better and we weren't able to score, but all in all, it was great to be back."

With the Titans trailing 10-0, Jake Locker replaced Hasselbeck and went 7-of-13 for 80 yards. Locker directed an 11-play, 79-yard drive that ended with a 32-yard field goal.

There were several signs on the wall behind the Tennessee bench at CenturyLink Field, including "Bring Back Matty" and "We Love Matt Hasselbeck." Locker, who played for the University of Washington and is from nearby Ferndale, had his backers as well.

Overall, the Titans' first-teamers were shaky. Running back Chris Johnson dropped two passes and gained only eight yards on five carries. The defense gave up a 15-play, 62-yard field-goal drive.

The biggest star for the Titans: running back Darius Reynaud, who returned a punt 85 yards for a TD and rushed 21 yards for another score, both in the second half.

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