|Steve Slaton is hoping to regain his explosive form from 2008. (Getty Images)|
Opening day starter: Slaton
There is this feeling among some league observers that Brown is ready to take the No. 1 job from Addai. Not so fast. Addai had a nice bounce-back season for the Colts, and remains a reliable runner in their offense. He doesn't have the pop of Brown, but he's a good receiver and, more importantly, he is a good blocking back. That is a must in the Colts offense. Brown wasn't very good in that role as a rookie. If he doesn't improve, he can't get on the field. Peyton Manning has to be protected, and backs who pick up blitzing linebackers are a must. Brown does have big-play ability, which is why some think he'll get more time. Unless he learns to block better, he can forget that.
Opening day starter: Addai
Open competition for wide receiver
Mike Sims-Walker will be one starter for the Jaguars. That's a given. When he's on the field, he's a good player. The other job is wide open. Second-year players Mike Thomas and Jared Dillard will be in the mix, as will speed players Nate Hughes, Troy Williamson and Tiquan Underwood. Of the three, Underwood was the best this spring. Thomas could play outside as the No. 2 receiver, but the feeling is he's better in the slot, although the coaching staff has said he's good enough to be a No. 2. Thomas will play somewhere. It's just a matter of where. Who fills the third receiver role is the mystery. Williamson wasn't very good in the offseason, which has him on the bubble of even making the team. Dillard will likely be the slot receiver if Thomas is the No. 2.
Opening day starter: Thomas
Open competition at left corner
The leader to land the spot opposite Cortland Finnegan is second-year player Jason McCourty. The Titans let go of Nick Harper, the starter here last year, in part because they felt good about some of their young players. At 6-feet, 200 pounds, McCourty has good size and speed. But he struggled some as a rookie. Veteran Tye Hill is also in the mix, as is Ryan Mouton, another second-year player, who is smallish at 5-9, 185 pounds. The Titans also picked Alterraun Verner in the fourth round, but he would seem to face long odds to win the job. The Titans will move Finnegan around some this year, which is probably to try and hide whoever wins this job from quarterbacks who will seek them out.
Opening day starter: McCourty