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Tennessee Titans: Five Players that need to show up Sunday against the New England Patriots

The Tennessee Titans have their youngest team in six years, they have a lot of growing to do yet, however in between the lines, a few veterans may be able to string together the experience needed to pull off a win in the opening game of the 2012 NFL regular season.

It is self-explanatory that the Titans’ starting quarterback is still for some, the underdog. Jake Locker clearly has some things to prove. He has the starting job but it’s going to be a tough season, and starting with the New England Patriots is no easy battle. But it is not impossible.

Chris Johnson is coming off one of the worst seasons of his career. With that in mind though, he has been pushing through training camp and preseason like the old CJ that everyone knows. He has to grow up a bit and really be ready to play to make an impact against the Patriots, three years ago during the 59-0 shutout, Johnson was all Tennessee had.

There is no question the Patriots’ offense has this game in the bag. But they may be thinking that exact same thing. They are the Patriots. The Titans know that they are up against one of the best teams in the league for their home and season opener. It will make a huge difference for the Titans if Kendall Wright and Nate Washington can work on giving Jake Locker as many options as they can.

It’s going to be one thing if the Titans can get their offense rolling, it’s going to be another totally different issue if the Titans’ defense can put any sort of stop to the Patriots’ offense. It is just not looking good up against guys like Tom Brady, Wes Welker, and Rob Gronkowski.

Kamerion Wimbley is going to need to step it up and prove that he is the strong defensive back that he is, he needs to make sure the defense can get around the blocks and get to Brady, or at least create some threating pressure, it’s not like New England is going to cave easily. With 63 total tackles last year in 16 starts, he has the ability to call shots on the defense.

With the loss of Cortland Finnegan, the cornerback position has been one of the biggest concerns for the Titans. However Alterraun Verner has the experience to succeed. He had 43 solo tackles last year for Tennessee with one interception.

The Tennessee Titans and New England Patriots kick off their regular season in Nashville at 12 pm CT tomorrow, September 9.