The Tennessee Titans have been busy this offseason, as they have a ton of new faces on the roster. The front office made most of the changes on the defensive side of the ball while keeping most of the offense intact. The Tennessee Titans roster projections is a quick breakdown of what the team could look like for next season.
It’s highly speculated the Titans make a trade, or two, before the start of the new season. With holes remaining at the wide receiver and tight end positions, Tennessee is rumored to be interested in Julio Jones, Zach Ertz, Anthony Miller, and David Njoku.
Although it is exciting to speculate what the roster could look like with those prominant names, this article is more of a quick look at the roster if the franchise opts to not conduct any trades. With that said, here are the 2021 Tennessee Titans roster projections.
Tennessee Titans Roster Projections: Offense
QB: Ryan Tannehill and Logan Woodside
Tannehill’s job is in no danger at all. Woodside was the Titans’ backup last year and should hold that position again. Since becoming the starting quarterback, Tannehill has been on a tear and should perform at a high-level next season as well.
RB: Derrick Henry, Darrynton Evans, Jeremy McNichols, Brian Hill, and Khari Blasingame
The Titans will likely still be a run-first offense. Henry leads the way as the feature back in Tennessee. However, with an additional game to the regular season, we could see Evans get more involved in the offense. McNichols also returns and the signing of Brian Hill gives Tennessee a solid running back room.
WR: AJ Brown, Josh Reynolds, Dez Fitzpatrick, Cameron Batson, Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, Cody Hollister, Racey McMath, and Chester Rogers
The front office didn’t acquire any big-name receivers after letting Corey Davis walk. Reynolds has the potential to be a solid third or fourth option for Tannehill. With Brown being the only exciting option at receiver, you can expect the front office to make one more acquisition to the roster. For now, this list makes up the Tennessee Titans roster projections.
TE: Anthony Firkser, Geoff Swaim, Jared Pinkney, and Miller Forristall
Jonnu Smith signed with the New England Patriots during free agency and the front office didn’t pick up a replacement. Firkser aims to be the starting tight end for now. He’s not the most exciting option, but he’s a solid possession target for Tannehill, especially on third down. The front office could make a trade or possibly sign a veteran tight end to improve the position before the start of the 2021 season.
OL: Taylor Lewan, Rodger Saffold, Ben Jones, Nate Davis, Kendall Lamm, Dillon Radunz, Aaron Brewer, David Quessenberry, and Ty Sambrailo
The Titans are likely to go into the season with plenty of depth at the offensive line. Lewan, Saffold, Jones, and Davis form up the guaranteed starters. There will be a camp battle between Lamm and Radunz for the starting right tackle spot.
Tennessee Titans Roster Projections: Defense
DL: Jeffery Simmons, Denico Autry, Teair Tart, Larrell Murchison, and Naquan Jones
The Titans’ front office made a ton of moves on the defensive side of the ball. So much so, there are a possible six new starters on the defense. Autry joins forces next to Simmons and could make for a solid defensive front next year.
Tart proved to be a consistent run blocker whenever the defense was in a 3-4 formation. Jones is an undrafted free agent and it seems the front office and coaching staff like him a lot.
OLB: Bud Dupree, Harold Landry, Rashad Weaver, Derick Roberson, and Wyatt Ray
Outside linebacker was the position that struggled the most last year. After adding Dupree and Weaver, this team should have a vastly improved pass-rush. Tennessee’s front seven looks rather solid on paper heading into the next season.
ILB: Jayon Brown, David Long Jr., Rashaan Evans, and Monty Rice
At first glance, drafting Monty Rice was a bit of a head-scratcher, but considering both Brown and Evans are due to hit the 2022 free-agent market, selecting Rice makes much more sense. Brown and Long are tackle machines, while Evans is a solid run-stopper. The Titans have a great inside linebacker group at the moment and could be one of the strongest assets to the Tennessee Titans defense.
CB: Janoris Jenkins, Kristian Fulton, Caleb Farley, Elijah Molden, Breon Borders, and Chris Jackson
The front office completely revamped the cornerback group and for good reason. After being one of the worst secondaries in the league last year, this franchise is hopeful to have a much better pass coverage after taking Farley and Molden in the NFL draft.
S: Kevin Byard, Amani Hooker, Dane Cruikshank, and Brady Breeze
Amani Hooker proved his worth last year after stepping in for Kenny Vaccaro during his injury. He’ll likely earn the starting spot at strong safety while Byard locks down the free safety position. Cruikshank is a versatile player and Breeze turned out to be a good safety at Oregon. This group might just be the most underrated aspect of the Titans’ defense.
Tennessee Titans Roster Projections: Special Teams
An undrafted free agent, Haubeil was a consistent kicker during his time at Ohio State. He’ll likely compete for the starting spot against Tucker McCann, but due to the kicking woes, Tennessee will be getting the best man for the job.
P: Brett Kern
Commonly known as the “Titans secret weapon,” Kern looks to continue his dominance as one of the best punters in the league. You can expect to see Kern put the ball right where it needs to be whenever the Titans punt it away.
LS: Morgan Cox
Not only was the kicking bad, but Tennessee has struggled with long-snapping as well. Cox is known amongst his peers as the best long snapper in the league. The Titans made sure to improve the kicking game this offseason, which should pay off greatly.
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