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5 Tennessee Titans Facing Make-or-Break Seasons in 2014

5 Tennessee Titans Facing Make-or-Break Seasons in 2014

Zach Brown
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The Tennessee Titans have only experienced one winning season over the past five years with zero playoff appearances to show for it. 2014 could be the year they finally get over the hump, however, if improvement is garnered from several key members of the roster. The following five Titans are set to enter a make-or-break campaign in Nashville.

5. Blidi Wreh-Wilson, Cornerback

Blidi Wreh-Wilson
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5. Blidi Wreh-Wilson, Cornerback

Blidi Wreh-Wilson
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The departure of cornerback Alterraun Verner in free agency has left a huge void in the secondary for the Titans. While the team is expected to nab a corner at some point during the draft, second-year player Blidi Wreh-Wilson is the early favorite to start opposite Jason McCourty. It's awfully early in Wreh-Wilson's career to face a make-or-break season, but 2014 will likely be very telling in regards to his ability to be a starter in the NFL.

4. Zach Brown, Inside Linebacker

Zach Brown
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4. Zach Brown, Inside Linebacker

Zach Brown
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After being benched down the stretch last season for up-and-down play, Zach Brown will kick inside to weakside inside linebacker in the Titans' hybrid 3-4 base defense. He's thought to be a better fit in the new scheme with the athleticism and speed to cover the field sideline-to-sideline. There are two years remaining on Brown's contract, so the time is now to emerge as a high-impact player.

3. Shonn Greene, Running Back

Shonn Greene
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3. Shonn Greene, Running Back

Shonn Greene
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With Chris Johnson's signing with the Jets, his backup in 2013, Shonn Greene, will have the chance to prove he can still be a feature back. Greene hasn't averaged 4.0 yards per carry or more since 2011 and only accounted for 295 rushing yards during his first year in Tennessee. Considering the Titans will likely select a runner in the draft, Greene will need to demonstrate consistently throughout the season to maintain a starter's workload.

2. Derrick Morgan, Outside Linebacker

Derrick Morgan
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2. Derrick Morgan, Outside Linebacker

Derrick Morgan
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Derrick Morgan, a former first-round pick from Georgia Tech, never lived up to his potential as a defensive end in the Titans' 4-3 defense. There's hope, although Morgan has never played in a 3-4, that the new system will induce improvement on Morgan's part. He certainly has the skill set to play as a stand-up edge rusher and will need to make more plays at his new position for the Titans to consider extending his deal.

1. Jake Locker, Quarterback

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1. Jake Locker, Quarterback

Jake Locker
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Was there any doubt who would be No. 1 on this list? Jake Locker was beginning to show some improvement in 2013 before suffering a nasty hip injury that sidelined him for two weeks and then a foot injury six weeks later that sidelined him for the year. Assuming he can return healthy, Locker's 2014 campaign -- his fourth year in the league -- will be the epitome of a make-or-break season for him. It's now or never for Locker.