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5 Early Predictions for the Tennessee Titans’ 2014 Season

Tennessee Titans: 5 Early Predictions for the 2014 Season

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The Tennessee Titans enter the 2014 NFL season fresh off a 2013 season full of ups and downs. The team performed well last season while QB Jake Locker was fully healthy but fell off a bit when their young QB went down. Here are five early predictions for the Titans' 2014 season.

5. RB Bishop Sankey Starts All 16 Games

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5. RB Bishop Sankey Starts All 16 Games

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Rookie running back Bishop Sankey is locked into a battle with veteran RB Shonn Greene for the starting gig with the first-team offense. While it seems the team will likely work a two-back system, Greene has never shown promise as "the guy", giving Sankey, who has all of the ability to be a No. 1 back, the upper hand early on.

4. WR Justin Hunter Starts As No. 2 Receiver

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4. WR Justin Hunter Starts As No. 2 Receiver

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Last season, rookie WR Justin Hunter played well when given time to shine but had the typical "rookie receiver" season. In just his second year, the former Tennessee Volunteer will make a name for himself as the team's No. 2 receiver for all 16 games. Hunter's long body makes him an intriguing red zone target for Locker.

3. OLB Akeem Ayers Leads Team In Sacks

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3. OLB Akeem Ayers Leads Team In Sacks

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Ayers has been one of the better defensive players for the Titans during his short tenure with the team. His ability to cover, tackle well and rush the passer give him the ability to remain on the field for all three downs. Switching to a 3-4 defense, the Titans have put him in a position to allow his athleticism to be put on display this season. Look for a big season from the former UCLA linebacker. He will lead the team in sacks.

2. OLB Zach Brown Leads Team In TFLs

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2. OLB Zach Brown Leads Team In TFLs

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Brown, who is quite possibly the team's most athletically gifted player, has the ability to play either inside or outside in the Titans' new 3-4 scheme defensively. Due to his speed and quickness, I am projecting that he will be an outside rush linebacker, similar to Ayers. While I do believe Ayers will lead the team in sacks, Brown will lead the team in TFLs due to his speed, burst and quickness off the line of scrimmage. He'll be disruptive.

1. QB Jake Locker Stays Healthy For All 16 Games

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1. QB Jake Locker Stays Healthy For All 16 Games

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Locker has shown promise during his first few seasons with the Titans, yet he just cannot stay healthy. With an improved offensive line in front of him to keep him upright, Locker should have time in the pocket to stay calm and find his targets. The less hits on the young QB, the better. Locker will stay healthy for all 16 games this year and keep the Titans in the thick of things in the AFC Wild Card picture.