2018 Tennessee Titans Depth Chart
|Quarterback||Marcus Mariota||Blaine Gabbart|
|Running Back||Dion Lewis||Derrick Henry||David Fluellen|
|Left Wide Receiver||Corey Davis||Tajae Sharpe||Nick Williams|
|Right Wide Receiver||Taywan Taylor||Darius Jennings|
|Tight End||Jonnu Smith||Luke Stocker||MyCole Pruitt|
|Left Tackle||Taylor Lewan||Tyler März|
|Left Guard||Quinton Spain||Aaron Stinnie|
|Center||Ben Jones||Corey Levin|
|Right Guard||Josh Kine||Kevin Pamphile|
|Right Tackle||Jack Conklin||Dennis Kelly|
The 2017-18 season is seen as one of success for the Tennessee Titans. The team ended a prolonged playoff drought that was matched by their first-round knockout of a strong Kansas City Chiefs team. The organization started to click on all cylinders. Marcus Mariota experienced his first, full length season. A healthy Mariota showcased what this offense is truly capable of. This healthy notion also highlighted some of the glaring areas that needed reworking or improvement. The team took on the off-season with their heads held high. After experiencing one of their most successful seasons within the AFC South, the team realized that the franchises around them were progressing at a high clip.
The team started the off-season with the signing of a new head coach in Mike Vrabel. Vrabel was a defensive standout during his playing career in New England. Multiple coordinator positions on the defensive side of the ball eventually called for his promotion to the big stage. The biggest question surrounding Vrabel will be if he can transition his defensive prowess into an offensive mindset. He will have to mesh the two sides of competition, but he has all the tangibles needed to be a strong leader in Tennessee.
The off-season centered around molding to Marcus Mariota’s skill sets. Mariota is a mobile and agile quarterback who is not afraid to cross the line of scrimmage and call on himself to pick up yards. His skill set favors a fast-paced offensive set. The team already possesses some talents at the wide receiver positions. While their talent is raw and undefined, Tajae Sharpe and Corey Davis are offensive threats. Their transition into a pro-paced game is still in the works, but a second off-season of refinement does both of these players a favor in contributing to their development. DeMarco Murray opted for retirement this off-season, which represented a major blow to shaping the backfield. The team enjoyed the tandem and the prospect that the Derrick Henry/DeMarco Murray combination created. To reinforce a duo, the team brought in Dion Lewis from New England. Lewis is a smaller back that fits that run-and-gun mold perfectly. He is a hassle when he flanks out from the backfield, doubling as a receiving talent. He helps offset the predictability surrounding the offense, increasing downfield threats and opening the center of the field for production in the passing game. He will be a good 3rd down and change of pace back to sans Henry of a hefty workload.
The Titans traded most of their draft picks in the 2018 NFL draft for future considerations, leaving little wiggle room to be cute on draft day. With their picks in the first and second rounds the team drafted to boost the linebacker position. Rashaan Evans was the 1st round selection that will make an instant impact on the team. He comes from a Nick Saban system that produced the likes of C.J. Mosley and Reuben Foster. If Evans can keep on with his production increases, there is no reason his name would be left out of the conversation of other Alabama greats. Harold Landry was their 2nd round pick. In college, Landry was termed as an edge rusher, but his size favors a transition to inside linebacker at the professional level. He will have to carve out a compelling case for a starting position, but his skill set is nice to have waiting in the wings.
The defense currently favors a 5-man linebacking set, with two edge rushers mixed in to the make-up. The roster is heavily versed at the linebacker position, so it really eases Vrabel into a comfort zone when it comes to creating matchup advantages and different sets for his guys to work from. The team also boosted the secondary with the addition of Malcolm Butler from New England. Butler represents the second New England carryover the team brought in this off-season. The sour taste still left in his mouth from a Super Bowl benching will be something the team can use to unleash his talents. Many criticize him for being undersized, but this allows him coverage all across the field, with few players being able to burn him with speed. He lines up across from former Patriot Logan Ryan, creating a trend that now sees multiple, former New England Patriots on the roster and a coach who used to play for the organization. The Titans welcome the Patriots on November 11th, so mark your calendars as this could be a pivotal matchup that seeds two playoff contenders head-to-head.