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It’s laborious to say whether or not the Tennessee Titans’ roster is healthier than it was final season.
The protection ought to be improved after the Titans prioritized bolstering their personnel on that facet of the ball throughout the offseason. However the offense misplaced just a few key weapons and its offensive coordinator, who orchestrated one of the crucial balanced assaults within the NFL.
How effectively the protection can offset any offensive regression is unclear. There’s additionally an opportunity the Titans make an enormous slash to bolster their offense earlier than the season, such as in a trade for Julio Jones.
However for now, analyzing the Titans’ roster is greatest accomplished in components.
Right here’s a breakdown of every place group for Tennessee and the way it compares to final 12 months:
Who’s again: Ryan Tannehill, Logan Woodside, DeShone Kizer
Who’s gone: NA
Who’s new: NA
Higher or worse? Similar. The Titans’ QB room is similar as final 12 months. However Kizer, who was signed to the apply squad in Week 12 final season, might be a challenger to Woodside for the QB2 position for 2021 with a full offseason below his belt.
Who’s again: Derrick Henry, Darrynton Evans, Jeremy McNichols, Khari Blasingame (fullback)
Who’s gone: D’Onta Foreman, Senorise Perry
Who’s new: Brian Hill, Mekhi Sargent, Tory Carter (fullback)
Higher or worse? Higher. With Henry main the NFL in carries back-to-back seasons, the Titans must preserve a better eye on his workload in 2021. They picked up a viable No. 2 operating again choice to assist in Brian Hill, who had 100 carries for 465 yards for Atlanta final season. And Evans, wholesome getting into Yr 2, is predicted to make a leap this 12 months. Plus, there’s fullback competitors for Khari Blasingame. This place group is deeper than a 12 months in the past.
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Who’s again: A.J. Brown, Cameron Batson, Cody Hollister, Mason Kinsey, Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, Chester Rogers
Who’s gone: Corey Davis, Adam Humphries, Kalif Raymond
Who’s new: Josh Reynolds, Fred Brown, Dez Fitzpatrick, Marcus Johnson, Kalija Lipscomb, Racey McMath
Higher or worse? Worse. If the Titans don’t add one other established receiver, the passing assault is about as much as rely too closely on Brown. Even when Tennessee doesn’t land Julio Jones, there are different veteran choices nonetheless obtainable available on the market.
Who’s again: Anthony Firkser, Geoff Swaim, Tommy Hudson
Who’s gone: Jonnu Smith, MyCole Pruitt
Who’s new: Miller Forristall, Jared Pinkney
Higher or worse? Worse. The gaping gap left by Smith’s departure has lingered all offseason. Firkser is due for an even bigger position for 2021, but it surely’s unclear the place the remainder of the receiving manufacturing at tight finish will come from.
Who’s again: Taylor Lewan, Roger Saffold III, Ben Jones, Nate Davis, Ty Sambrailo, David Quessenberry, Daniel Munyer, Aaron Brewer, Paul Adams, Anthony McKinney
Who’s gone: Dennis Kelly, Isaiah Wilson, Jamil Douglas, Marshall Newhouse
Who’s new: Dillon Radunz, Kendall Lamm, Christian DiLauro, Elijah Nkansah, Chandon Herring
Higher or worse? Higher. Having Lewan again improves an O-line that carried out effectively regardless of shuffling components at left deal with and Isaiah Wilson changing into an all-time bust. Kelly was a gentle presence at proper deal with for Tennessee in 2020, but it surely ought to have sufficient to exchange him between Radunz, a second-round rookie, and Lamm, who signed a two-year deal within the offseason.
Who’s again: Jeffery Simmons, Larrell Murchison, Teair Tart
Who’s gone: DaQuan Jones, Jack Crawford, Matt Dickerson
Who’s new: Denico Autry, Naquan Jones, Woodrow Hamilton IV, Bruce Hector, Daylon Mack, Julian Taylor
Higher or worse? Higher. Autry is a confirmed go rusher, and his addition this offseason ought to unlock extra playmaking alternatives for Simmons, who’s a rising star. Undrafted rookie Naquan Jones might be within the combine to fill the emptiness left by veteran DaQuan Jones in free company.
Who’s again: Jayon Brown, Rashaan Evans, Harold Landry III, David Lengthy Jr., Tuzar Skipper, Wyatt Ray, Derick Roberson
Who’s gone: Jadeveon Clowney, Daren Bates, Nick Dzubnar, Will Compton
Who’s new: Bud Dupree, Monty Rice, Rashad Weaver, Ola Adeniyi, B.J. Bello, Jan Johnson, Justin March, Justus Reed
Higher or worse? Higher. Dupree provides the Titans the confirmed pass-rush manufacturing they wanted, and the eye he attracts ought to create extra alternatives for Landry and different edge defenders. The depth on the inside spots may deliver the perfect of the group. Rice, a third-round rookie, and Lengthy, who began 5 video games final season, may push for enjoying time. Brown and Evans have causes to play motivated in 2021, as they’ll be free brokers after the season.
Who’s again: Kristian Fulton, Breon Borders, Chris Jackson
Who’s gone: Malcolm Butler, Adoree’ Jackson, Desmond King, Kareem Orr, Tye Smith
Who’s new: Caleb Farley, Janoris Jenkins, Elijah Molden, Kevin Johnson, Chris Jones, Greg Mabin, Quenton Meeks
Higher or worse? Higher … with an asterisk. There’s extra depth right here than a 12 months in the past. However the Titans are banking on Farley’s again points not being problematic as he begins his rookie season.
Who’s again: Kevin Byard, Amani Hooker, Dane Cruikshank, Maurice Smith
Who’s gone: Kenny Vaccaro, Joshua Kalu
Who’s new: Matthias Farley, Brady Breeze
Higher or worse? Worse. With Vaccaro gone and Hooker slated to be a starter, the Titans are weaker at backup security.
Who’s again: Brett Kern (P), Tucker McCann (Ok)
Who’s gone: Stephen Gostkowski (Ok), Matt Overton (LS)
Who’s new: Morgan Cox (LS), James Smith (P), Blake Haubeil (Ok)
Higher or worse? Worse. The query is at kicker. Gostkowski had a curler coaster begin to 2020 and linked on simply 69.2% of his subject objectives, however he did play higher late within the season. Tennessee’s choices at kicker in 2021 are McCann and Haubeil, neither of whom has kicked within the NFL.
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