I previously predicted the Titans 53 prior to the start of training camp. So how well did I fare and what do I think now? Let’s take a look
Previous prediction: Jake Locker and Ryan Fitzpatrick
Current prediction: Jake Locker, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Rusty Smith
Note: I changed this prediction because the Titans seem to like Rusty Smith. I still think a practice squad quarterback works as well.
Running Backs (5)
Previous prediction: Halfbacks: Chris Johnson, Shonn Greene, Jalen Parmele and Darius Reynaud Fullback: Quinn Johnson
Current prediction: Chris Johnson, Shonn Greene, Jackie Battle and Darius Reynaud
Fullback: Quinn Johnson
Note: Jackie Battle has really had a nice training camp so he gets the nod over Jalen Parmele, a guy I still like a lot. I have gone back and forth on whether the Titans carry a fullback. They are using one in camp and I think they do.
Offensive Line (8)
Previous prediction: Chance Warmack, Andy Levitre, Michael Roos, David Stewart, Byron Stingley, Fernado Velasco, Daniel Baldridge and Brian Schwenke
Current prediction: Chance Warmack, Andy Levitre, Michael Roos, David Stewart, Byron Stingily, Fernado Velasco, Daniel Baldridge and Brian Schwenke
Note: I am staying with my Baldridge pick though it could easily be Mike Otto here. I don’t see them parting ways with Stingily.
Wide Receivers (6)
Previous prediction: Nate Washington, Justin Hunter, Kendall Wright, Damien Williams, Michael Preston and Kevin Walter
Current prediction: Nate Washington, Kenny Britt, Justin Hunter, Kendall Wright, Michael Preston and Damian Williams
Note: I never seriously considered Britt would get cut but I do think there is still the possibility of a trade the only question would be who would get the most interest. Marc Mariani and Damian Williams both look great in the return game. Michael Preston has had an excellent camp. Plus, there are some young guys out there who could develop nicely. Barring a trade however, this is how I see it shaking out.
Tight End (3) (no change)
Previous prediction: Craig Stevens, Delanie Walker, and Taylor Thompson
Current prediction: Craig Stevens, Delanie Walker, and Taylor Thompson
Defensive Line (9)
Previous prediction: Jurrell Casey, Sammie Lee Hill, Mike Martin, Kamerion Wimbley, Derrick Morgan, LeVar Edwards, Karl Klug, Antonio Johnson, and Ropati Pitoitua
Current prediction: Jurrell Casey, Sammie Lee Hill, Mike Martin, Kamerion Wimbley, Derrick Morgan, LeVar Edwards, Karl Klug, Ropati Pitoitua and Scott Solomon
Note: Edwards and Klug can play both inside as well as outside which helps their value. Also, Scott Solomon has played nicely and can play both defensive end as well as linebacker. , I think the Titans will value that versatility in configuring their roster.
Linebackers (7) (no change)
Previous prediction: Akeem Ayers, Zach Brown, Colin McCarthy, Zaviar Gooden, Moise Fokou, Tim Shaw and Greg Jones
Current prediction: Akeem Ayers, Zach Brown, Colin McCarthy, Zaviar Gooden, Moise Fokou, Tim Shaw and Greg Jones
Defensive Backs (9)
Previous prediction: Jason McCourty, Alterraun Verner, Coty Sensabaugh, Blidi Wreh-Wilson, and Tommie Campbell
Current prediction: The Titans could certainly go with 4 here but I doubt it. I like what I see from Khalid Wooten who has nice press and man coverage skills but there is no room on the roster for him.
Previous prediction: Bernard Pollard, George Wilson, Michael Griffin, Al Afalava and Daimion Stafford
Current prediction: Bernard Pollard, George Wilson, Michael Griffin, and Tracy Wilson
Note: Tracy Wilson has looked nice and they are playing him at free safety but can also play strong safety. I like Afalava but I give Wilson the nod. With Verner showing up when called upon at free safety I went light here.
SPECIAL TEAMS (3) (no change)
Place Kicker (1)