Predicting 5 Surprise Starters for the Tennessee Titans in 2014

Tennessee Titans: Predicting 5 Surprise Starters in 2014

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After another disappointing season and a number of changes in the front office, the Tennessee Titans will definitely look to shift some new players into the starting rotation in the 2014 season. They have a number of holes to fill on both sides of the ball, and with the new talent brought in during the offseason, there’s sure to be plenty of intriguing position battles.

5. RB-Dexter McCluster

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5. RB-Dexter McCluster

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McCluster is converting from WR this season, which could help his stock tremendously by just putting the ball in his hands more often. He has playmaker abilities, and with his skill set the Titans will try and get him the ball, whether that be out of the backfield, in the slot or in the return game. The majority of his collegiate career was at RB, so the change could help him thrive. Expect him and Bishop Sankey to split time throughout the year.

4. TE-Taylor Thompson

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4. TE-Taylor Thompson

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Tennessee has been very impressed with Thompson since the beginning when they traded up in the late rounds to draft him in 2012 and convert him back to his natural position. He played four years at DE in college but only because the offense didn’t carry a tight end. His size and leaping ability make him a big threat downfield, and that's something new offensive coordinator Jason Michael will try and utilize, especially in the red zone.

3. CB-Marqueston Huff

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3. CB-Marqueston Huff

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The Titans' depth at cornerback is a little shallow, which means rookie Marqueston Huff should get plenty of time on the field this season. He’s a very raw player but the upside is huge, as he has the athleticism and speed to cover receivers at the pro level. He also has the ability to play safety, which makes him a great asset for the team if the secondary faces any injuries early on in the year.

2. OT-Taylor Lewan

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2. OT-Taylor Lewan

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A lot of people see Taylor Lewan stepping into the starting role at some point during the year, but surprisingly I see him in there from day one. The coaching staff clearly saw something in him, as he didn’t fill any of their most pressing needs with the 11th pick. He’ll likely have to battle it out in training camp with Michael Oher to see who slides into the right tackle spot for Week 1.

1. QB- Zach Mettenberger

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1. QB-Zach Mettenberger

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Mettenberger offers very little risk as a sixth-round pick, and he comes out of an NFL-style offense at LSU where he has shown he can make all the necessary throws. His arm strength is top of the line, but he has very limited mobility and is coming off an ACL injury which is the major reason for concern. If Jake Locker struggles or gets injured, Mettenberger could see some action.


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