[Chart last updated 7/4/14]
• It’s been tough to get a good read on quarterback Jake Locker throughout his first three seasons in the league, especially considering injuries have got in the way of him starting consistently — the former University of Washington star has never started more than seven games in a row. When he has played, he’s been up and down, with 2014 now an important year both for his own development and for helping the Titans decide if he’s the right quarterback to build around.
• Some people might think Kendall Wright is rated too highly at dark green, with just 1,705 receiving yards in his first two seasons in the league. I think what we saw in 2013 was the beginning of Wright developing into an excellent playmaker, as highlighted by his 19 missed tackles forced and 6.2 yards after the catch average.
• 2013 saw Michael Griffin rebound from a poor 2012 season, but it wasn’t good enough for me to feel comfortable with anything higher than average. In coverage he was very much hit and miss and I’d like to see him play more like he did in 2011 before moving him up any further.
1. Running Back
With Chris Johnson no longer in Tennessee, it’s going to be interesting to see how they split the carries in 2014 and beyond. Shonn Greene last had a 1,000-yard season with Johnson’s new team, the New York Jets in 2012, but he’s yet to overly impress in any given season and seems like he’s better suited to a complementary role. They drafted Bishop Sankey in the second round of this year’s draft so likely have high hopes for him, while new signing Dexter McCluster has moved to running back, but likely in more of a Danny Woodhead-type role.
2. Outside Linebacker
With the Titans shifting to more of a 3-4 defense this year, Kamerion Wimbley and Derrick Morgan will be asked to stand up. Morgan looks set to start on one side, while Wimbley is reportedly the leader to start on the other. He’s struggled as a pass rusher these past two years, though, and it would surprise me if Akeem Ayers doesn’t pass him as the starter before the season begins.
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