By Tyler McMullen @Direct_Snap on June 6, 2014
The Tennessee Titans currently have one of the league's younger teams in the NFL, yet they are loaded with talent across the board. The team desperately needs young players to step up, mature and mesh together much better to be competitive in the AFC South. Here are the five Tennessee Titans' who I have my eye on entering the 2014 NFL season.
The Tennessee Titans have moved on from RB Chris Johnson and are moving forward with rookie RB Bishop Sankey as the running back of the future. The former Washington Husky is a complete back and was my top overall running back in the 2014 draft class. His ability to be a complete back will move him to the top of Tennessee's depth chart, which should make him one of the most intriguing players to watch this season.
Defensive tackle Jurrell Casey has been a decent player during his short tenure with the Tennessee organization, but this is the season the former USC defensive stud should take his game to the next level. In Tennessee's new hybrid 3-4 defense, Casey could be in line for a dominant season as a nose tackle or a defensive end.
After allowing CB Alterraun Verner to move along to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee needs young CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson to step up in a big way. Wreh-Wilson has the size and the skill set to be a dominant corner opposite CB Jason McCourty, but he will need to become a more consistent player overall for this defense to be a dominant force against the pass. If he can, the rest of the AFC South best bring their "A" game.
With the move to a 3-4 defense OLB Akeem Ayers has the opportunity to show off his unique athleticism as a pass rusher and complete linebacker overall. Ayers, one of the league's most athletic linebackers, will have free roam as a pass rushing linebacker in the new 3-4 defense, yet he will also be asked to drop in coverage, where he surely excels. Ayers should vault into the conversation as one of the league's best outside backers in the game.
During his rookie season, WR Justin Hunter had a very marginal impact as a receiver. This season, with a healthy Jake Locker manning the QB position, Hunter should begin to show his ability as the team's top red-zone target. Hunter's size alone makes him one of the most intriguing players Tennessee has to offer, but his ability to compliment WR Kendall Wright makes him all the more interesting this season. Look for Hunter to break out this year.
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