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The 5 Most Irreplaceable Players for the Tennessee Titans in 2014

The Tennessee Titans' 5 Most Irreplaceable Players in 2014

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The Tennessee Titans are entering into their first season under new head coach Ken Whisenhunt. Getting off to a good start is crucial for the Titans, who are also running new offensive and defensive schemes. Five players are absolutely key to the Titans' success this season. If any of these players miss an extended period of time, the Titans will suffer through another mediocre season while missing the playoffs again.

5. Bernard Pollard

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5. Bernard Pollard

Bernard Pollard
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From a leadership standpoint, strong safety Bernard Pollard may have been the single-most important person to a secondary that vastly exceeded expectations last season for the Titans. His hard-nosed attitude ran rampant through the Titans’ defensive side of the ball. Statistically, Pollard had one of his best seasons with 77 solo tackles and 99 combined tackles, also adding three interceptions.

4. Kendall Wright

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4. Kendall Wright

Kendall Wright
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The days are gone where the Titans have to worry if they will get any production out of their wide receiver corps. Kendall Wright is the reason why. Topping his solid rookie year with a season where he caught 94 passes for 1,079 yards, Wright has emerged as the Titans' No. 1 wide receiver. In his third year, Wright is looking to become a complete wide receiver by getting deeper down field and grabbing more touchdowns.

3. Jason McCourty

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3. Jason McCourty

Jason McCourty
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Last season didn’t look that great for cornerback Jason McCourty from a statistical standpoint. However, while Alterraun Verner received all of the attention from the media and the fans, McCourty consistently covered the opposing team’s No. 1 wide receiver and did a very nice job. With Verner in Tampa Bay now, the Titans are going to need McCourty to be at his best this season playing beside inexperience at the other cornerback position.

2. Jurrell Casey

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2. Jurrell Casey

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Last season, Jurrell Casey was a wrecking ball for the Titans. He was constantly wreaking havoc at defensive tackle. He finished the season with 10.5 sacks, a career high, and 58 tackles, 38 of which were solo. Casey played himself into being one of the top young defensive tackles in football. The Titans are currently in contract extension talks with their most valuable defensive player on the roster.

1. Jake Locker

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1. Jake Locker

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The quarterback started off strong last season and the Titans were riding high. The Titans were 3-1 with him as the starter. Then, during the fourth game against the New York Jets, Locker took an awkward hit and was carted off the field with a sprained hip. Locker missed nine games and the Titans struggled. Locker is entering the final year of his contract and must show the Titans he is capable of staying healthy while being the franchise QB.

Lucas Davis is a Houston Astros writer for Rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter @LDinthe260, Like him on Facebook or add him to your Google network.