I was able to catch up with Titan Sized Editor Justin Huffman to help preview the Tennessee Titans this year. I sent him some questions and these were his responses.
Which player(s) on roster need to step up in order for the season to be successful?
If you asked this question to the Tennessee Titans players, almost all of them would admit that they need to step up—and they should. The Titans have far too much talent to play as poorly as they did in 2012. No excuse for 6-10. Less than no excuse for those blowouts.
What position battle(s) will you be paying attention to during training camp?
Wide Receiver, Fernando Velasco vs. Brian Schwenke (starting center job), Alterraun Verner vs. Tommie Campbell vs. Coty Sensabaugh vs. Blidi Wreh-Wilson for the No. 2 and No. 3 cornerback roles, Karl Klug competing for a spot on the 53-man roster, Marc Mariani vs. Darius Reynaud (return specialist).
Which rookie(s) on the team will make an immediate impact?
Chance Warmack. Expect him to start throughout the preseason and when Tennessee opens its regular-season schedule against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Titans need him to learn quickly because they’ll emphasize their running game and protecting Locker. Along with Andy Levitre, the Titans’ guard play went from a weakness to a potentially elite unit. It just depends on how quickly they can put everything together.
Which player(s) on the roster is the most underrated?
Akeem Ayers, Derrick Morgan and Jurrell Casey are three defensive players who should evolve into Pro Bowl talents. With that said, keep an eye on Mike Martin. Just hope the coaches don’t bury him down the depth chart now that they got Sammie Lee Hill.
Prediction for the season?
Many consider this as a playoffs-or-bust type of season. They’ll have limited time to adjust to multiple coaching and personnel changes. Is Mike Munchak the man to take this team back to the playoffs? If the Titans can avoid hideous losses (road games to the Jacksonville Jaguars, 0-13 Indianapolis Colts), then 9-7 is realistic, maybe even 10-6.
The Titans have talent—it’s just about whether they have the braintrust to put all this talent together (Munchak, Locker, Dowell Loggains, Jerry Gray w/ Gregg Williams).