The Titans have completed their first off-season under new General Manager, Jon Robinson. While he made some big time moves, and has provided the fanbase with hope, we are all waiting on actual production. This summer, training camp will show whether or not we will actually see it. With not much time left, we will take a look at a different topic each remaining day, until things get started.
Justin Hunter: Hunter's career trajectory has shifted from "full of potential" and "future star" to "nearly out of a job." He was very disappointing in his first couple of seasons due to his poor route running, poor hands, lack of toughness and aggressive mindset, and just overall unreliability. He developed these traits over a time after his knee injury in college. Coming off another major leg injury, there is no telling what form he will return in this summer. If he doesn't come back in the same form if not better as he was last year, he could very well be out of a job. With more and more additions to the roster over the last couple of years, Hunter has become an afterthought. With that combined with trying to win over an entirely new staff, he may have an uphill battle. Prediction: He stays.
Harry Douglas: If Douglas has anything going for him, it is that he is familiar with new offensive coordinator, Terry Robiskie due to their time in Atlanta. That being said, he still very much has his work cut out for him. Like Hunter, he has become an afterthought, due to additions on the roster. Not only is he a disappointing receiver, he does not provide much, if anything, on special teams as well. Since we know what Douglas brings to the table, his roster spot could essentially depend on the performance of some other wide receivers. Prediction: He walks.
Bishop Sankey: If last season was any indication, Sankey will have a tough time making the roster. He could not find a spot on the active roster each Sunday, and that was a roster that didn't feature Derrick Henry and Demarco Murray. As we have already touched on, the previously mentioned two and Dexter McCluster are essentially locks to make the roster, which leaves a 3 way battle for the final spot. Sankey has had an awful Titans career, and if he doesn't make a complete 180, he will not be sporting Titan blue in the fall. Prediction: He walks.
Jeremiah Poutasi: While he will be in the competition for left guard, the position is crowded, and we could see it get more crowded as players are released by other teams. Like Sankey, Poutasi already starts behing the 8 ball, due to leaving a bad taste in Mike Mularkey's mouth last season. Now, he is not even viewed as an option on the outside at tackle. This leaves him buried at a position that has a number of guys ahead of him. It would be difficult to picture him being activated on Sundays. If he takes a huge from year 1 to year 2, he will remain on the roster. Outside of that, it is hard to see. Prediction: He walks.
Last year's predictions essentially scored out at 100%. This year, it is tougher to tell, due to a whole new staff taking over. We do not yet know what they think of a lot of these players. That being said, just looking at their situations and those around them, we can make educated guesses on their fate. The only people who will ultimately decide it are the players mentioned above. It will be very interesting to watch their situations unfold in the coming weeks.