Here we are, mini-camp is over and the well for NFL news is about bone dry. This is the part of journalism that is difficult to put a pen to paper and write anything that seems interesting, but that’s where the creativity comes in and saves the day. Here is my roster prediction for the Titans upcoming season.

Offense (24)

Quarterbacks(3)

1. Marcus Mariota 

2. Blaine Gabbert 

3. Luke Falk

There’s nothing really special here. The franchise guy Marcus Mariota is looking to bounce back in a big way after a disappointing third season. Mariota will have a chance to shine under new offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur. Blaine Gabbert is the newcomer coming over from Arizona. Gabbert will be the backup to Mariota. For the the first time since 2015, the Titans will have a third string quarterback in rookie Luke Falk.

Running Backs (3)

1A. Dion Lewis

1B. Derrick Henry

3. Akrum Wadley (R)

See what I did there? Derrick Henry gets a larger role, but I believe he will concede some carries to Dion Lewis due to Lewis’ ability to provide the Titans with more versatility coming out of the backfield. Wadley beats out David Fluellen for the third running back job.

Wide Receivers (6)

1. Corey Davis

2. Rishard Matthews

3. Taywan Taylor

4. Tajae Sharpe

5. Michael Campanaro

6. Deontay Burnett (R)

The top four receivers are all returners from last years squad. Davis comes off an injury and somewhat struggle plagued rookie season, but with an offseason free of injury, he’s expected to take another step this season. Rishard Matthews, the definition of consistency, is back on the last year of his deal. Taywan Taylor looks to create a larger role in the offense for himself and also to take another step. Sharpe comes back off on a foot injury that cost him the entire 2017 season. Campanaro comes from Baltimore and is mainly expected to contribute on special teams. Burnett is the wild card though. There are some guys pushing for that last receiver spot, Jordan Veasy and Brandon Shippen to name a few. I’ll take Burnett in this case, but that battle is far from over. 

Tight Ends (4)

1. Delanie Walker

2. Jonnu Smith

3. Phillip Supernaw

4. Luke Stocker

Pro Bowl M-V-P Delanie Walker returns after another superb season. Jonnu Smith enters his second year and is expected to contribute more. Supernaw returns and gets a spot because of his ability to block. Stocker gets a spot as the main fullback on the roster.

Offensive Line (9)

Offensive Tackle (4)

  1. Taylor Lewan

2. Jack Conklin

Reserve – Dennis Kelly, Kevin Pamphile

Again, no surprise here. Lewan and Conklin come back as the bookend tackles. Conklin may not start the season as he recovers from ACL surgery, but luckily the Titans have at least a solid backup option in Dennis Kelly. Kelly will step in until Conklin is fully healthy. Pamphile also makes it because of his ability to play all five positions on the line. 

Guard (3)

1. Josh Kline

2. Quinton Spain

Reserve – Xavier Su’a-Filo

Josh Kline is back after signing a 4 year $26M deal in the offseason and looks to be the best guard to fit in with the new zone blocking scheme. Quinton Spain is the question mark on this line though. He isn’t the best fit for the new blocking scheme and that spells trouble for his starting job. The Titans did bring in Xavier Su’a-Filo and Kevin Pamphile to compete for that staring left guard spot along with Spain. But I think the staff keeps the line intact from last season and keeps rolling until they absolutely have to change their mind. 

Center(3)

1. Ben Jones

2. Corey Levin

Reserve – Kevin Pamphile 

I, myself would like a more mobile center than Ben Jones to occupy the starting spot, but with no real competition from what I’ve seen, Jones stays as the starting center. Levin makes the squad as a backup to Jones. 

Defense (25)

Linebackers (10)

Inside Linebackers (5)

1. Wesley Woodyard

2. Rashaan Evans (R)

3. Will Compton

4. Jayon Brown

5. Daren Bates

Wesley Woodyard is the leader of this inside linebacking group and is coming off an outstanding season. Evans, the Titans’ first round pick from the most recent NFL Draft, locks down the second inside linebacker job and pries it away from newcomer Will Compton. Jayon Brown returns and will be on the field a lot. Bates will solidify his role on special teams. 

Outside Linebackers (5)

1. Brian Orakpo

2. Derrick Morgan

3. Harold Landry(R)

4. Aaron Wallace

5. Kevin Dodd

Orakpo and Morgan are the starters are coming off good seasons. In case you forgot, the Titans drafted Harold Landry, too. (Fist pump) Landry was arguably the best pass rusher in the 2018 NFL Draft and will contribute a ton in year one. Wallace returns after coming off back surgery and will push for snaps. Dodd is on the fringe of this roster, but makes it because of a new scheme and ability to play inside and give the bigger guys a breather. Dodd may even have a role on the defensive line.

Defensive Line (5)

Defensive End (2)

  1. DaQuan Jones

2. David King

DaQuan Jones is returning after sustaining a season ending biceps injury last season. King returns also and solidifies a reserve role. 

Nose Tackle (2)

1. Austin Johnson

2. Bennie Logan

Austin Johnson is coming off a good season and is looking to turn it up a notch. Logan comes over from Kansas City as a free agent. Logan can play nose tackle, but can also play defensive tackle, giving this Titans defense options for both positions. 

Defensive Tackle (2)

1. Jurrell Casey

2. Bennie Logan

Jurrell Casey. What much more is there to say?

Secondary (10)

Cornerback (5)

1. Malcom Butler

2. Adoree’ Jackson

3. Logan Ryan

4. LeShaun Sims

5. Tye Smith

Malcolm Butler was the biggest offseason acquisition for the Titans. Butler will be the No. 1 corner. Adoree’ Jackson comes into his second year after having an overall great rookie season. Logan Ryan mans the slot role where he is best suited for. LeShaun Sims will be back after coming off hamstring surgery that cost him the last part of the season. Tye Smith will be the last corner.

Safeties (5)

1. Kevin Byard

2. Jonathan Cyprien

3. Dane Cruikshank (R)

4. Brynden Trawick

5. Damon Webb(R)

Kevin Byard is coming off an All Pro season in which he was tied for the league lead in interceptions. Cyprien will be holding down the secondary alongside Byard. Cruikshank was drafted in the 5th round of April’s draft and locks down the third safety spot. Trawick sticks with his role on special teams. Webb makes the team because of ability to play special teams and his important connection to new Titans secondary coach Kerry Coombs. 

Special Teams (3)

Kicker (1)

1. Ryan Succop

Succop comes off a year in which he set an NFL record for most consecutive made kicks from inside of 50 yards. No questions regarding his roster spot. 

Punter (1)

1. Brett Kern

Kern is also coming off a great season in which he was awarded a Pro Bowl spot. There were so many times he bailed his team out when the offense couldn’t get the job done. 

Long Snapper (1)

1. Beau Brinkley

Nothing much to say here. Brinkley locks down the long snapper spot for his 23rd season (Not really, but feels like it) and continues the great chemistry between Succop and Kern. 

 

For quality up-to-date sports reporting, visit our website, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

Author Details
Content Creator at Armchair Titans , The Armchair All-Americans, LLC
I have a couple things to live by: 1. Don’t disrespect the amazing hunk of football talent Marcus Mariota 2. If you don’t like the Titans, that’s cool, I don’t care 3. The Yankees will ALWAYS be better than the Red Sox
×
Content Creator at Armchair Titans , The Armchair All-Americans, LLC
I have a couple things to live by: 1. Don’t disrespect the amazing hunk of football talent Marcus Mariota 2. If you don’t like the Titans, that’s cool, I don’t care 3. The Yankees will ALWAYS be better than the Red Sox

LEAVE A REPLY

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.