Key Additions: Rodger Saffold, Adam Humphries, Cameron Wake, Brent Urban, Cody Hollister, Jeffrey Simmons, A.J. Brown, Nate Davis, Amani Hooker
Key Returns: Kenny Vaccaro, Kevin Pamphile
Key Departures: Josh Kline, Luke Stocker, Quinton Spain, John Cyprien
|Week 1||Sept. 8th 1:00 PM ET||@ Cleveland Browns (CBS)|
|Week 2||Sept. 15th 1:00 PM ET||vs. Indianapolis Colts (CBS)|
|Week 3||Sept. 19th 8:20 PM ET||@ Jacksonville Jaguars (NFL)|
|Week 4||Sept. 29th 1:00 PM ET||@ Atlanta Falcons (CBS)|
|Week 5||Oct. 6th 1:00 PM ET||vs. Buffalo Bills (CBS)|
|Week 6||Oct. 13th 4:25 PM ET||@ Denver Broncos (CBS)|
|Week 7||Oct. 20th 4:05 PM ET||vs. Los Angeles Chargers (CBS)|
|Week 8||Oct. 27th 1:00 PM ET||vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (FOX)|
|Week 9||Nov. 3rd 1:00 PM ET||@ Carolina Panthers (CBS)|
|Week 10||Nov. 10th 1:00 PM ET||vs. Kansas City Chiefs (CBS)|
|Week 11||Bye Week|
|Week 12||Nov. 24th 4:05 PM ET||vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (CBS)|
|Week 13||Dec. 1st 1:00 PM ET||@ Indianapolis Colts (CBS)|
|Week 14||Dec. 8th 4:25 PM ET||@ Oakland Raiders (CBS)|
|Week 15||Dec. 15th 1:00 PM ET||vs. Houston Texans (CBS)|
|Week 16||Dec. 22nd 1:00 PM ET||vs. New Orleans Saints (FOX)|
|Week 17||Dec. 29th 1:00 PM ET||@ Houston Texans (CBS)|
Last year the Tennessee Titans had a solid year, even with some injuries and inconsistent play from the quarterback position. Marcus Mariota played in 13 games and threw for 2,528 yards, 11 TD and eight INT, but dealt with a nerve injury is his arm that forced Blaine Gabbert to take the snaps in eight games. This is a huge year for the Mariota as he’s entering a contract year, so he needs to stay healthy, improve his stats and get the Titans back into the playoffs.
Defensively, there’s really not much to worry about. The Titans had one of the best defenses last year and should look to repeat. The secondary with Logan Ryan, Adoree’ Jackson, Malcolm Butler, Kevin Byard, and Kenny Vaccaro is special. Then adding Cameron Wake and Jeffrey Simmons to an already scary defensive line is simply unfair. The Titans will make big plays on defensive and I would not be surprised if they finish as the number one defense in the league, or at least top three. The Titans also have sharp linebackers in Rashaan Evans, Jayon Brown and Wesley Woodyard, so the no matter what front or coverage the Titans run, they are going to succeed.
Arthur Smith is stepping in as Offensive Coordinator as former OC Matt LaFleur is the new Head Coach of the Green Bay Packers. Smith’s offensive should improve as they got some nice weapons in the offseason. The wide receiver trio of Corey Davis, Adam Humphries, and A.J. Brown is going to be something to watch out for this NFL season. They aren’t talked much around the NFL right now, but once we get halfway through the season, they will get everyone’s attention. Can’t forget too that tight ends Delanie Walker and Jonnu Smith are coming off injuries.
The running game should be good this year as the Titans upgraded their left guard with Roger Saffold. The Titans outside zone blocking is going to be a work of art with Derrick Henry running the ball. Henry finished with 1,059 yards last year, but he looks like he’s due for an increase in snaps, so I wouldn’t doubt if Henry finishes with over 1,500 yards on the season, especially for his contract year. Lewis will be very effective in the passing game, especially since the receivers are going to be fun to watch, Lewis will get some catches out of the backfield and will look to use his shifty moves in the open field.
The Titans play in a division where Andrew Luck’s health is in question, the Texans are injury prone and have a terrible offensive line, and the Jaguars offense is still questionable, I like the Titans chances on taking the AFC South, but it’s going to come down to Marcus Mariota. If Mariota stays healthy and just plays decent, the Titans are no doubt a playoff team since they can rely on the defense, the running game, and the playmaking ability from their receivers.