5 Storylines to Follow During Tennessee Titans’ OTAs

5 Storylines to Follow During Tennessee Titans' OTAs

Ken Whisenhunt, Tennessee Titans
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The Tennesse Titans' organized team activities are just underway. The Titans' players will use OTAs to familiarize themselves with a new offensive and defensive system. Head coach Ken Whisenhunt will also use the time to assess his new team and make several important decisions concerning his depth chart. Here are five storylines to follow during Tennessee's OTAs.

5. Replacing Chris Johnson

Bishop Sankey, Tennessee Titans
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5. Replacing Chris Johnson

Bishop Sankey, Tennessee Titans
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Chris Johnson was the focal point of the Titans' offense for several seasons. Now that Johnson has moved on, Tennessee must find his replacement at running back. The team used a second-round pick on Bishop Sankey, a dynamic back with the ability to make explosive plays. The Titans also have Shonn Greene, a serviceable runner who is effective in short yardage. It will be interesting to see if Sankey can earn the starting role during OTAs.

4. The Starters at Offensive Tackle

Taylor Lewan, Tennessee Titans
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4. The Starters at Offensive Tackle

Taylor Lewan, Tennessee Titans
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One of the Titans' biggest strengths is their offensive line. Their interior group is set, but questions remain as to how the Titans will shuffle three capable offensive tackles. Michael Roos will likely start at left tackle, but the right side will be a competition between newly-signed Michael Oher and first-round pick Taylor Lewan. It appears as if one quality lineman will be forced to the bench for Tennessee.

3. The New Hybrid Defense

Derrick Morgan, Tennessee Titans
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3. The New Hybrid Defense

Derrick Morgan, Tennessee Titans
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Tennessee is moving from a 4-3 defense to a new hybrid system. This system will adopt concepts from both the 4-3 and 3-4 defense to keep opposing offenses off balance. The Titans will use OTAs to help transition players into new positions. One such player is Derrick Morgan. Morgan has played defensive end his entire career, but will now have to learn how to drop into coverage as an outside linebacker.

2. The New Offensive System

Jake Locker, Tennessee Titans
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2. The New Offensive System

Jake Locker, Tennessee Titans
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Along with a new defensive system, the Titans will be implementing a new offense. New offensive coordinator Jason Michael will install a system similar to that run by Ken Whisenhunt in San Diego last season. Michael will be Locker's third offensive coordinator in as many seasons. It is important that the Titans' players learn the offense quickly during OTAs.

1. Jake Locker’s Health

Jake Locker, Tennessee Titans
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1. Jake Locker’s Health

Jake Locker, Tennessee Titans
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Quarterback Jake Locker suffered a foot injury last season, causing him to miss most of the season. Locker has had an injury-plagued career, starting just 18 games over the previous two years. While he is apparently close to 100 percent following surgery, Locker will have to prove that he is ready to go with training camp just a few months away.

 

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