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Revisiting Three Titans' Position Battles

Things are already changing after just one preseason game.

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Last week's game against the Falcons was an eye opener.  We saw some good, but we also saw plenty of bad. There are several positions still up for grabs and some veterans could be on the way out.  Here's an updated look at some battles on the roster.

Offensive line

To be blunt, the offensive line is a mess right now.  The coaching staff is looking at every option, including lineups that don't involve Andy Levitre.  Byron Bell was less than impressive in his Titans' debut at right tackle, so the staff has decided to give him a shot at guard -- potentially replacing Levitre.  This would shift Jamon Meredith over to right tackle, above Jeremiah Poutasi.

It's looks like a complete disaster right now, but it's refreshing to see the coaching staff taking a completely new approach.  It was alarming that Jeremiah Poutasi played well into the fourth quarter, but hopefully they are just trying to get him more reps.  You would think that he could beat out Jamon Meredith for the right tackle position, however. This is a very fluid situation and nearly impossible to predict.  Hopefully they can find a quick fix to this offensive line dilemma.

Running Back

This seems to be the story that refuses to die.  Bishop Sankey didn't do a lot with his first chances, although the offensive line didn't do him any favors.  Antonio Andrews flashed a couple of times and cashed in on an easy touchdown run, but did nothing spectacular.

David Cobb seems to be the man with the most momentum after his 53 yard performance against the Falcons.  He averaged nearly five yards per carry, but was facing second and third team players during his work.  It's rumored that Cobb will see some time with the first team this week, so we should all reserve judgement until we see that happen.

Wide Receiver

Harry Douglas and Kendall Wright appear to have the top receiver slots locked down, but the battle behind them is fascinating.  Training camp superstar Justin Hunter is at it again, earning high praise from Ken Whisenhunt this week.  Dorial Green-Beckham made a splash on Friday, hauling in a deep ball from Zach Mettenberger.

The battle for roster spots falls between Hakeem Nicks, Jacoby Ford and Tre McBride.  The wildcard here is the kick returner battle.  If Tre McBride can show that he can bring something to the table returning kicks, I think he will win this job with ease.

Nicks has been praised throughout camp, but failed to record a catch against the Falcons.  He offers a veteran presence, but could find himself on the bubble if Hunter and Green-Beckham continue their success. There is still a chance that they could keep six receivers, but I would be surprised if they did.

The picture will get a little bit clearer on Sunday night as the Titans will face the Rams at Nissan Stadium. Remember, the first cut date is September 1st -- teams must be down to 75 players by that date. September 5th is the final cut date, in which teams must reduce their rosters to 53 players.