Tennessee Titans: Sneeking a Peek Inside Training Camp
The Tennessee Titans had a chance to reach the playoffs for the second consecutive season last year, but Tennessee lost at home to the Indianapolis Colts in Week 17 on a Sunday night. The Titans would have qualified for the postseason if they had won the game.
Mike Vrabel will be entering his second season as head coach of this football team. Tennessee will have a lot of questions to answer this season, after finishing with a 9-1 record last season. Marcus Mariota is entering the final year of his contract. The Titans are going to need to figure out whether or not he is the long term answer for this franchise.
Mariota is 25 years old. He also has had a history of being injured as well. Marcus Mariota is very good in the red zone. However, he is just an average quarterback outside of the red zone. Mariota is also very good with his legs as well.
Derrick Henry will be the starting running back and Dion Lewis will be the second running back. David Fluellen will be the third running back. Therefore, the battle for the final running back spot on this roster will be between Jeremy McNichols, Dalyn Dawkins, and rookie Alex Barnes.
The Tennessee Titans have a very deep receiving core, it is just a matter of who is the starters. Corey Davis will be one of the starters. Adam Humphries, Tajae Sharpe, Taywan Taylor, and rookie A.J. Brown are all expected to make the roster. Rookie A.J. Brown will get a ton of looks during the preseason. Adam Humphries will most likely be the number two wide receiver.
Cameron Batson, Darius Jennings, and Kalif Raymond will compete for the final wide receiver spot on the roster. Rookies Joseph Parker and Anthony Ratliff-Williams, Jalen Tolliver, and Cody Hollister will look to make a name for themselves during training camp.
Delanie Walker will be the starting tight end. He is one of the best tight ends in the league if he is healthy. Jonnu Smith will be the second tight end and MyCole Pruitt, Anthony Firkser, Cole Wick, Ryan Hewitt, and rookie Parker Hesse will compete for the final tight end spot on the roster.
Taylor Lewan is projected to be the starting left tackle, but it is possible he is facing a four-game suspension to start the season. Dennis Kelly will most likely start in his place. Rodger Saffold will be the starting left guard. He played for the Los Angeles Rams last season. Ben Jones will be the starting center, Kevin Pamphile will be the starting right guard, and Jack Conklin will be the starting right tackle.
Matt Dickerson and Brent Urban will be two key backups on the defensive line. Rookies Amani Bledsoe and Jeffrey Simmons could potentially crack the roster and they will be interesting to watch during training camp.
Sharif Finch and Kamalei Correa will be the backup outside linebackers. LaTroy Lewis and rookies D’Andre Walker and Derick Robinson will compete for a potential roster spot at the outside linebacker position as well.
Rashaan Evans and Daren Bates will be the backup inside linebackers. Rookie David Long Jr. has the potential to make the roster as well. Nigel Harris, Gimel President, and Riley Bullough will also compete for a potential roster spot or two.
Kenny Vaccaro, Malcolm Butler, and Adoree Jackson will be the top three cornerbacks on the roster. LeShaun Sims will be the fourth cornerback on the roster. Thus Tye Smith, Kenneth Durden, Joshua Kalu, Michael Jordan, and rookie D’Andre Payne will compete for the final cornerback spot on the roster.
Dane Cruikshank and rookie Amani Hooker will be the backup safeties. Rookies LaDarius Wiley, JoJo Tillery, Jonathan Crawford, and Kareem Orr will look to make a name for themselves during training camp.
Brett Kern and Austin Barnard will compete for the starting punter job. Ryan Succop will be the kicker. Beau Brinkley will be the long snapper. Adoree Jackson will be the primary punt returner and Darius Jennings will be the primary kickoff returner.
The Tennessee Titans began training camp on Saturday, July 27. They will have expectations to make it back to the playoffs this season. However, Tennessee is not a Super Bowl caliber team unless things bounce their way. They will begin preseason play on the road against the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday, August 8.
Finally, the Titans will have a big road test to start the season in Week 1 against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, September 8. In fact, this game could have huge playoff implications later on in the season. Tennessee will look to silence the hype train of Cleveland and get off on the right note.
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