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Tennessee Titans Training Camp Preview

by Glenn Kaplan
by Glenn Kaplan

The Tennessee Titans made it to the playoffs with a 9-7 record last season. They were the first wild card in the AFC and the Titans stormed back from a 21-3 halftime deficit to defeat the Kansas City Chiefs. They then were crushed against the New England Patriots on the road the next week.

It seemed as if Mike Mularkey was going to get a contract extension with the Tennessee Titans, but him and the Titans front office didn't see eye to eye on schematics and that is when they decided to part ways with Mularkey. The Titans hired Houston Texans linebackers coach Mike Vrabel to be the new head coach of the Tennessee Titans.

He has experience as an NFL player. Vrabel will bring in energy to the Titans and he is just 42 years old. The Tennessee Titans have a talented roster and they are good enough to get back to the postseason in 2018, but it will be tougher with DeShaun Watson coming back for the Houston Texans, but Mike Vrabel might know how to defend that. The Tennessee Titans will begin training camp on Thursday July 26.

Matt LaFleur is the new offensive coordinator for the Tennessee Titans. He brings an updated style of offense that will allow Marcus Mariota to potentially flourish. LaFleur fixed Jared Goff's mechanics last season and he will most likely fix Mariota's mechanics as well.

Speaking of Marcus Mariota, he will be the Titans starting quarterback. Blaine Gabbert and rookie Luke Falk will compete for the backup quarterback job, but both are expected to be on the roster.

Derrick Henry will be the starting running back. Dion Lewis will be the second running back. David Fluellen will be the third running back. Rookies Akrum Wadley and Dalyn Dawkins will compete for the fourth running back job.

Anthony Firkser will be the starting fullback.

Corey Davis, Rishard Matthews, Taywan Taylor, and Tajae Sharpe will be the top four wide receivers on the roster. Rookies Deontay Burnett, Jordan Veasy, and Cameron Batson, along with Darius Jennings and Michael Campanaro will compete for the final two roster spots.

Delaine Walker will be the starting tight end. Jonnu Smith will be the second tight end and he could see more offensive reps in 2018. Phillip Supernaw, Luke Stocker, Tim Semisch, and rookie Ethan Wolf will compete for the third tight end spot on the roster.

The Tennessee Titans have one of the best offensive lines in the NFL. Taylor Lewan will be the starting left tackle. Quinton Spain will be the starting left guard. Ben Jones will be the starting center. Josh Kline will be the starting right guard. Jack Conklin will be the starting right tackle. Some key backup offensive lineman will include rookie Nico Falah, Xavier Su'a-Filo, Dennis Kelly, and Corey Levin.

Dean Peas will be the new defensive coordinator for the Tennessee Titans this season. They will not change to a 3-4 to a 4-3. The Titans had a good front seven a season ago, but they had issues in the secondary. Maybe that will change for Tennessee in 2018.

DaQuan Jones, Austin Johnson, and Jurrell Casey will be the starting defensive line. Bennie Logan, David King, rookies Mike Ramsay and Matt Dickerson, and Julius Warmsley will compete for three roster spots and play time as well on the defensive line.

The strong link of this defense is linebacker. It is quite possible 10 players make the team from this position. Derrick Morgan and Brian Orakpo will be the starting outside linebackers. Wesley Woodyard and rookie Rashan Evans will be the starting inside linebackers. Outside linebackers Kevin Dodd, rookie Harold Landry, and Aaron Wallace will most likely make the roster. Landry could be a force on the Titans defense. Nate Palmer, Jayon Brown, and Will Compton will most likely make the roster at inside linebacker.

Malcolm Butler, Logan Ryan, and Adoree Jackson will be the top three cornerbacks on the roster. Kevin Byard and Jonathan Cyprien will be the starting safeties. LeShaun Sims, Demontre Hurst, Tye Smith, and rookies Joshua Kalu and Dane Cruikshank will compete for the final two cornerback spots. Kendrick Lewis will be a key backup safety.

Ryan Succop will be the Titans kicker. Brett Kern will be the Titans punter. Adoree Jackson will be Tennessee's kickoff returner and punt returner.

The Tennessee Titans open the season on the road on Sunday September 9 against the Miami Dolphins. Tennessee will win somewhere between 8-11 games and compete for a playoff spot. The Titans have not made the playoffs in back-to-back seasons since 2006-2007 regular season and 2007-2008 postseason.

This article was originally published on @gk18