By Ethan Rees on July 2, 2014
The Tennessee Titans are very different team than they were entering training camp just one year ago. They have new coaches, a new backfield and a much different approach to the game in 2014.
One thing has remained the same, however, and that's the fact that Jake Locker must prove himself as the starting QB for the Titans. Here are five storylines to follow as Tennessee enters training camp this summer.
The Tennessee Titans have plenty of depth on their line, which will result in at least one training camp battle. Taylor Lewan will face off with Michael Oher presumably for the starting position at right tackle, the spot the Titans originally signed Oher to take over. The other battles will be the waged for the backup spots as the Titans have a number of younger guys looking to make the roster.
As the Titans switch over to the 3-4 defense, the linebacking corps has got to step up. They brought in Wesley Woodyard and Shaun Phillips from the Broncos who will have to go up against a handful of guys to fill in the four starting spots. Colin McCarthy and Akeem Ayers appear to have their starting spots, but there will be a couple of players fighting to earn their spots on defense.
Whisenhunt will be in charge of two new coordinators this season on top of taking over the Titans. They will be implementing new schemes, so he will have his hands full keeping this team on track throughout training camp. The team being very young does not help the cause, as they have a lot to learn in a very small amount of time. The bright side is that Whisenhunt is an experienced coach who has a great reputation amongst the players.
Replacing Chris Johnson’s production at RB is a hug hole to fill, but Bishop Sankey and Dexter McCluster seem up to the job. The starting role is up in the air, but it will most likely come down to one of these two guys. They are both explosive players and could work well together if they split time, so it will be interesting to monitor this position battle throughout the summer.
Jake Locker is in the final year of his contract and must show ownership that he is the QB of the future. This not only comes down to his performance in training camp and early in the year but how well he can take over control of this team. He needs to step up and be the leader for the Titans to show that they can rally behind him. This year will be much easier if he knows he has the trust of his teammates behind him.
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