The Tennessee Titans are coming off an incredibly successful campaign which ended with them being just a couple of quarters away from representing the AFC in Super Bowl LIV. It's a season that will be remembered for the reemergence of quarterback Ryan Tannehill and how dominant Derrick Henry was on the ground. While the league isn't too keen on paying running backs, Henry quite literally carried the Titans to the conference championship game.
So, where do the Titans go from here? Like every team, they made some additions in the offseason and they also lost some players. Is this squad capable of making it back to the postseason and winning a couple more games? Are they ready to challenge the powerhouses that are the Kansas City Chiefs and Baltimore Ravens?
Everyone in the NFL world -- including the fans in Nashville -- are wondering if last year was a fluke. This preseason begins the journey for this team to prove that they are a legitimate contender, so let's take a look at what their depth chart is currently looking like. The Titans have a bloated roster at the moment, but that will change as the offseason drifts into the preseason. Let's take a look at what a what a rough depth chart would look like for Tennessee right now.
Rookies will be denoted with a (*).
|QB||Ryan Tannehill||Logan Woodside||Cole McDonald*|| |
|RB||Derrick Henry||Darrynton Evans*||Dalyn Dawkins||Senorise Perry|
|LWR||Corey Davis||Cody Hollister||Nick Westbrook||Rashard Davis|
|RWR||A.J. Brown||Adam Humphries||Kalif Raymond||Cameron Batson|
|SWR||Adam Humphries||Kalif Raymond||Cameron Batson||Nick Westbrook-Ikhine*|
|TE||Jonnu Smith||Anthony Firkser||MyCole Pruitt||Cole Herdman|
|LT||Taylor Lewan||Dennis Kelly||David Quessenberry|| |
|LG||Rodger Saffold||Zac Kerin||Avery Gennesy|| |
|C||Ben Jones||Jamil Douglas||Aaron Brewer*||Daniel Munyer|
|RG||Nate Davis||Jamil Douglas||Avery Gennesy|| |
|RT||Isaiah Wilson*||Dennis Kelly||Ty Sambrailo|| |
General manager Jon Robinson recognized that Ryan Tannehill and Derrick Henry were the main pieces behind the Titans' success last season, so he brought them both back for 2020. Tannehill signed a four-year, $118 million contract extension while the Titans used the franchise tag on Henry. Don't worry about a holdout yet, however, as the two sides are still talking about a new contract. That dynamic duo could turn into a legitimate trio in 2020, as rookie wideout A.J. Brown had a breakout rookie season. For the first time in years, the Titans appear to have a legitimate No. 1 receiver.
As far as the other weapons go, Jonnu Smith, Anthony Firkser and MyCole Pruitt make up a solid tight end room, but the wide receivers don't exactly have incredible depth. We are still waiting to see if Corey Davis is a legitimate starter or worth another contract, and if Kalif Raymond can be something more than a deep threat. The Titans signed several undrafted wide receivers though, so maybe there could be another diamond in the rough in that respect.
For the offensive line, the Titans lost Jack Conklin in free agency, but drafted Isaiah Wilson in the first round. Don't expect him to enter training camp as the starter, but I do believe he will end up starting the season opener. The Titans also re-signed swing tackle Dennis Kelly, and they seem interested in giving him a shot as a full-time starter in case Wilson isn't yet ready. Taylor Lewan, Rodger Saffold and Ben Jones are solid starters as we know, but I'm interested in seeing how right guard Nate Davis progresses from Year 1 to Year 2. On paper, the Titans do appear to have a very, very solid offensive line.
The offense is virtually the same from last year minus the right tackle spot -- but Wilson could end up being a nice addition. If this unit can remain healthy, they should be set up for another impressive season. Let's now turn our attention to the defense.
|DE||Isaiah Mack||Jack Crawford||Larrell Murchison*|
|NT||DaQuan Jones||Larrell Murchison*||Kobe Smith*|
|DE||Jeffery Simmons||Matt Dickerson||Amani Bledsoe|
|OLB||Vic Beasley||Kamalei Correa||Reggie Gilbert|
|ILB||Jayon Brown||Nick Dzubnar||Cale Garrett*|
|ILB||Rashaan Evans||David Long Jr.||Nigel Harris|
|OLB||Harold Landry||D'Andre Walker||Derick Roberson|
|LCB||Adoree' Jackson||Johnathan Joseph||Kareem Orr|
|RCB||Malcolm Butler||Kristian Fulton*||Chris Milton|
|SCB||Johnathan Joseph|| Kristian Fulton*||Tye Smith|
|FS||Kevin Byard||Amani Hooker||Joshua Kalu|
|SS||Kenny Vaccaro||Dane Cruikshank||Chris Jackson*|
The Titans suffered a big loss when they traded defensive lineman Jurrell Casey away to the Denver Broncos this offseason. They did draft Larrell Murchison out of N.C. State, but he's not seen as someone who can start alongside DaQuan Jones and Jeffery Simmons along the defensive front right away. I have him currently listed as a nose tackle, but I'm sure he will get some time at one of the end spots.
The linebackers are definitely improved from last season. Rashaan Evans and Harold Landry are rising stars, Jayon Brown is great as well and then the Titans went out and signed former Atlanta Falcons pass rusher Vic Beasley. They finally have someone with potential to play opposite of Landry -- who recorded a career-high nine sacks last year and is expected to take another step forward in 2020. Beasley hasn't matched the production he had back in 2016 when he led the league in sacks, but a change of scenery might do him well.
The cornerback position is somewhat of a weak spot for the Titans. Malcolm Butler and Adoree' Jackson are solid starters and they signed the veteran Johnathan Joseph recently, but their No. 1 corner in Logan Ryan is not coming back in 2020. The Titans did draft Kristian Fulton out of LSU to serve as a replacement, and it would be great if he could come in and make an immediate impact. The safety position on the other hand is very solid, as Kevin Byard and Kenny Vaccaro both had nice seasons last year. Amani Hooker and Dane Cruikshank are also a couple of young guys who appear to have potential.
|K||Greg Joseph||Tucker McCann*|
|P||Brett Kern|| |
|LS||Beau Brinkley||Ben Jones|
|KR||Kalif Raymond||Darrynton Evans*|
|PR||Adam Humphries||Adoree' Jackson|
The kick returner and punt returner is a bit of a guess right now. Raymond is athletic and Humphries is a veteran, but I'm interested in what Evans is capable of at that spot. Maybe head coach Mike Vrabel will give him a shot to compete as a returner in training camp.