"Just when you, you got me figured out,
The season's already changing..."
The Titans are expecting a better roster to help out Mariota. I mean...I certainly hope so as well. The Titans have brought in quite a bit of new faces, and are expecting to see quite a bit of competition across many key positions. Personally I'm interested to see what Rishard Matthews will bring to the Wide Receiver position. Daggum we need help there, and offensive line, and cornerback, and...well...you get it.
"That rookie should start: Former UMass receiver Tajae Sharpe blew past some veterans during the offseason and rated as a starter at the end of the offseason. He's a crisp route-runner who reliably gets where he's supposed to be. He's created a buzz among coaches and fans. Things could change through camp, of course, but if the Titans started the season with a three-wide set of Sharpe, Matthews and Kendall Wright, it could amount to a nice upgrade."
Quick Hit: Titans 2016 win total prediction.
It is the Wide Receiver's turn in Jim Wyatt's "Training Camp Preview" series. He notes the battle to watch is Douglas vs Hunter vs McBride. The Vol fan in me wants Hunter to pull ahead of the other two guys. The question, though, is how many Wide Receivers will the Titans carry into the season? Maybe Robiskie can get all three of these guys playing well.
"In the spotlight: Dorial Green-Beckham. The Titans drafted Green-Beckham to be a game-changer, and he had his moments in 2015. Green-Beckham finished the year with more catches (32), yards (549) and touchdowns (4) than six of the seven receivers selected in front of him, with the lone exception being Oakland's Amari Cooper, the fourth overall pick of the draft. The Titans now need DGB to step up and be more consistent in his second NFL season. Green-Beckham dropped some weight from last season, but he's one of the receivers who needs to return to Nashville in better shape. At the end of June's minicamp, Green-Beckham vowed to be ready."
Quick Hit: Tennessee Titans 2016 preview.
Another training camp preview! Jason Wolf previews the Running Backs. The backfield received quite the face lift this off-season. DeMarco Murray was traded for, and Derrick Henry was drafted. Sankey, Cobb, Andrews, and McCluster are also chilling in the backfield, but for how long?
"On the hot seat: Bishop Sankey and Antonio Andrews. Sankey, the first running back drafted in 2014, has been relegated to an afterthought. No one, including himself, will be surprised if he fails to make the 53-man roster. Andrews, who went undrafted out of Western Kentucky in 2014, started 10 games for the Titans last season but is also fighting for a roster spot. Those more likely to be retained include veteran change-of-pace back Dexter McCluster, as well as fullback Jalston Fowler and running back David Cobb, who were drafted last season in the fourth and fifth rounds, respectively."
Let's finish these links up with Terry McCormick's "camp battles" series. Today he looks at the Defensive Backs.Griffin is gone, and so is Sensabaugh (rats). McCourty should be back to normal (fingers crossed!), and Brian McCain was brought in to compete with Cox. The Titans also welcomed Rashad Johnson, and drafted Kevin Byard.
"The competition at safety might not be quite as fierce as there are fewer numbers. Byard and Daimion Stafford would be appear to have a leg up for now for the top backup spots with Marqueston Huff battling converted corner Curtis Riley and undrafted rookie LaMarcus Brutus for what would probably be the final safety spot."
That's all for today. Happy reading!