"Do you wake up on your own,
And wonder where you are?..."
Let's kick things off with camp previews! Jim Wyatt checks out the Defensive Line. Defensive Line seems to be, perhaps, the strongest position group on the team. A lot of that is thanks to Jurrell Casey and solid depth for the position. Hopefully these guys will continue to be a force along the front next season.
Keep an eye on: Jones. A fourth-round pick by the Titans in the 2014 draft, Jones has started 17 games over his first two NFL seasons, including all 16 last year, when he posted 67 tackles and had 15 quarterback pressures. Jones has a chance to take a giant step this fall. He's more comfortable, and should be a force to be reckoned with on the field. He was especially impressive during offseason work.
Did I miss this one? I feel like I missed this one. How did I miss this one? Either way: Wyatt talks about the Offensive Line in this camp preview. Oof. I really hope this line is better next season. All we've heard about is Lewan's imrovement this off-season, Ben Jones drinking urine, and that Conklin (the first pick) is expected to start at Right Tackle (please be good, please be good, please be good...). Hopefully these things (along with #FireBostad) will improve the position. They need to keep Mariota healthy and upright if they wanna win.
Keep an eye on: Conklin. Selected eighth overall out of Michigan State, Conklin is expected to start at right tackle this fall. He worked his way through an ankle injury in the offseason, and saw his workload increase quickly following Bell's season-ending injury. Conklin has a good disposition, and while he was impressive in the offseason, he's really expected to make his mark when the pads come on in training camp. Conklin thrives on being known as a tough and physical player, and it's going to be fun to watch him flex his muscles in training camp.
Quick Hit: Jason Wolf previews the offensive line.
Want more previews? Good. Cause you're gettin' em. John Glennon gives us a look at the Wide Receiver core.Rishard Matthews was the biggest addition this off-season. Well. Unless you want to count the drafting of Tajae Sharpe as well that is. Obviously the main difference between the two is that we've actually seen what Matthews can do in the NFL, and Sharpe (right now) is an off-season favorite. I'm just glad my #FireJefferson campaign worked (ok ok...he decided to go somewhere else on his own, but still).
Worth keeping an eye on: Matthews looks like he could be coming into his own as a receiver. He averaged almost five catches per game in his first nine contests last year before suffering an injury in his 10th game. Per Pro Football Focus, he finished in the top 25 of NFL receivers last year in both catch rate and yards per catch.
Quick Hit: Jason Wolf previews the Tight Ends.
Terry McCormick tells us about the battle on Special Teams. Kicker, punter, and long snapper are pretty set. The competition is at punt and kick returner. McBride took over kick return duties near the end of the season last year, but it seems unlikely he will make the roster. McCluster was the punt returner until he was injured, and Douglas and Cox split the job.
The Titans also are looking at other options among their 2016 draft class as possibilities in the kickoff return. Receiver Tajae Sharpe and defensive back Kalan Reed are among the options that special teams coach Bobby April will consider for the kickoff return job as well.
That's all for today. Happy reading!