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5 Irreplaceable Players for the Tennessee Titans During the 2013 NFL Season

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5 Irreplaceable Players for the Tennessee Titans During the 2013 NFL Season

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The Tennessee Titans once again did not make the playoffs last season but showed signs of improvement that they will carry over into the upcoming season.

The offensive line played so poorly last season, Jake Locker did not have time enough to think let alone throw the ball deep down the field. Chris Johnson had to make everything happen by himself. After a successful free agency period and 2013 NFL Draft, Tennessee will have a better offensive line and a better season.

The Titans can now also boast one of the best young receiving corps in the league. Kenny Britt, Nate Washington and Kendall Wright are all proven, talented receivers. Additionally, they added former Tennessee Volunteer, Justin Hunter, who I think may be the steal of the 2013 NFL Draft and could produce an Offensive Rookie of the Year performance.

Tennessee’s defense isn’t bad either. Michael Griffin will be allowed to play his natural position with the addition of the Baltimore Ravens’ Bernard Pollard. Cornerbacks Alterraun Verner and Jason McCourty are two relatively unknown players that keep producing interceptions. The only question is the capability of their defensive line.

The Titans are one team that should surprise everyone in the NFL. They are nowhere near ready to win a Super Bowl just yet, but a good performance in the AFC South against the Indianapolis Colts and the Houston Texans could see them headed to the NFL Playoffs.

Here is a list of 5 players that will be essential to the Titans success this season:

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No. 5 Michael Griffin

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This is Griffin’s year to prove that he was worth the franchise tag. He led the team in interceptions, but sometimes he takes bad angles when running down other players. Hopefully, with the addition of Bernard Pollard, Griffin will be able to play in his natural position of free safety instead of strong safety.

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No. 4 Nate Washington

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Washington may be the most underrated of the Titans receivers, but he has proven to be Jake Locker’s go-to guy in his short quarterback career. If the Titans are to have any chance of making it to the playoffs, Washington must continue to produce.

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No. 3 Jason McCourty

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The Titans have largely unknown cornerbacks, but both McCourty and Alterraun Verner create problems for most receivers they defend. McCourty will have to step up, tackle well and prevent AFC South stars like Andre Johnson from taking it to the end zone.

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No. 2 Kenny Britt

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Britt has to produce. He was considered a borderline elite receiver a few years ago, and then injuries and legal troubles saw him drop out of the conversation. It’s time for him to show what he’s capable of; the Titans will need him to play at his best if they want to go to the playoffs.

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No. 1 Chris Johnson

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Johnson is not a player that anyone can count out. He consistently has respectable stats at the end of the year, but he hasn’t gotten back up to his “I’m going to break 2500 yards” caliber running game. The offensive line is going to be the best it’s been since Matt Hasselbeck was quarterback – Johnson must show what he can do.