Quantcast
X

Have feedback / suggestions? Let us know!

NFL Tennessee Titans

5 Unheralded Tennessee Titans Who Must Step Up in 2014

5 Unheralded Tennessee Titans Who Must Step Up in 2014

Ken Whisenhunt, Tennessee Titans
Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The Tennessee Titans had quite the quiet offseason for a team transitioning to a new head coach. As of now, it seems like they are banking on Jake Locker to head the offense at QB. However, changes at RB and WR could be coming as the Titans seem likely to release RB Chris Johnson. WR Nate Washington is far from safe as well. These five lesser-known players must step up to find success in 2014.

5. Derrick Morgan

Derrick Morgan Tennessee Titans 2010 1st Rd Pick
Timothy Ludwig - USA TODAY Sports

5. Derrick Morgan

Derrick Morgan Tennessee Titans 2010 1st Rd Pick
Timothy Ludwig - USA TODAY Sports

Derrick Morgan has seen his production increase every season since originally being taken in the first-round of the 2010 NFL Draft. However, this season will be the biggest hurdle of his NFL career as he is set to make a switch to 3-4 OLB after playing his entire pro and college career at 4-3 DE.

4. Shonn Greene

Shonn Greene
Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

4. Shonn Greene

Shonn Greene
Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

Shonn Greene is not the most talented RB in the NFL, but he is likely to be relied upon for a much greater role in 2014. If and when the Titans release RB Chris Johnson, along with his gigantic 2014 salary, Greene is set to step in as the featured back. Greene possesses great power and size, but he lacks breakaway speed and elusiveness. He will need to see his early career burst return if he is to make a major impact for the Titans.

3. Jason McCourty

Jason McCourty Titans
Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

3. Jason McCourty

Jason McCourty Titans
Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

With former standout CB Alterraun Verner gone, Jason McCourty will be expected to step in as the Titans' elite shutdown CB in 2014. McCourty displayed outstanding coverage skills in 2013, grading out as a top 25 overall CB according to Pro Football Focus. However, this year he will need to prove that his production was not just a product of playing alongside another great CB.

2. Justin Hunter

Justin Hunter
Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

2. Justin Hunter

Justin Hunter
Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

Justin Hunter took a while to finally get going in 2013, but when the rookie received playing time he shined. His playing time increased late in the season and he made some huge plays even though Ryan Fitzpatrick was his QB. Don't forget, Hunter is the WR NFL Films guru Greg Cosell pegged as the highest upside of any outside WR in the 2013 Draft. He has a combination of size and speed that makes him an elite vertical route runner.

1. Akeem Ayers

Akeem Ayers against Lions
Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

1. Akeem Ayers

Akeem Ayers against Lions
Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

Akeem Ayers has flashed signs of excellence over the course of his career thus far, but he has failed to put it all together and become an elite talent. That changes in 2014. New DC Ray Horton's attacking 3-4 based scheme fits Ayers' skill set perfectly. Ayers can be used to attack off the edge as a 3-4 OLB who has the skills to make plenty of plays in space.