Matt Hasselbeck stepped in for an injured Jake Locker and fired a 19-yard touchdown pass to Craig Stevens, pulling the Titans within 14-7 with 7:52 remaining in the first half at Reliant Stadium.
The scoring drive covered 78 yards on seven plays, marking the first touchdown of the season for Stevens and the fourth of his career.
It was the first touchdown pass of the season for Hasselbeck and the 195th of his career.
Hasselbeck has completed 4 of 6 passes for 74 yards and a TD (148.6 passer rating).
Locker injured his left shoulder being sacked by Houston’s Glover Quin in the first quarter. He is questionable to return.
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Stevens has played an important role in Tennessee’s run game, helping pave the way for Chris Johnson’s 5,645 rushing yards and 38 rushing touchdowns.
General manager Mike Reinfeldt was able to lock in Stevens before he became an unrestricted free agent and hit the open market in March.
“Craig is one of our young core guys for us. We will continue to see him improve into one of the better combo tight ends in the league,” Reinfeldt said. “This deal came together very quickly. He wanted to be a part of what we are building here and this is a deal that was good for both sides.”
Stevens was regarded as one of the best blocking tight ends coming out of the University of California in 2008. The former third-round pick has also developed into a solid pass-catching tight end that runs smooth routes and makes big plays in the clutch.
That was never more evident than in Week 3 of the 2011 season when he hauled in a 58-yard pass from Matt Hasselbeck that led to the go-ahead touchdown late in the fourth quarter of Tennessee’s 17-14 come-from-behind victory over the Denver Broncos at LP Field. You can watch Stevens’ big catch right here.
Stevens and teammate Jared Cook have plenty of up-side and can arguably form one of NFL’s top, young tight end duos in the coming years.
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