By Ethan Rees on July 5, 2014
The Tennessee Titans will need all the help they can get this year and a number of crucial players must perform. Whether it be a contract year or competition on the depth chart, these players need to come out strong in 2014. Ken Whisenhunt will look to guide them back to the playoffs, but players like Jake Locker will need to take charge of the team.
Casey had a monster year in 2013 and will need to have a similar impact on the team if the Titans hope for any success. Casey will play a pivotal role in the new 3-4 defense in Tennessee and will be the anchor of their pass-rushing attack. He finished with 10.5 sacks last season and the Titans need him to post numbers just as strong this year.
The Titans have a ton of talented young wideouts in 2014, all of which will be competing for only a few roster spots. Washington has one of those locked up, but players like Kendall Wright and Justin Hunter have quickly proven their ability at the NFL level. The competition could help fuel his fire, but if he's not careful, his starting job could be snatched out from under him later in the season.
The Tennessee Titans let CB Alterraun Verner walk this offseason as he left for a bigger contract in Tampa Bay. Those are big shoes to fill, but McCourty has more than enough talent to step right in. He will be the Titans top corner and will be responsible for covering top wideouts in 2014. If he doesn't lock down the corner, the Titans pass defense could be in for a long year.
The Pro Bowler signed a four-year deal with the Titans in the offseason, only to see them select another OT, Taylor Lewan, with their first-round draft pick. He has the starting job now, but as we get into training camp, we could see his stock fall if Lewan comes out hot. They will both help push each other throughout the summer, but in the end there is only one starting spot at right tackle.
Locker needs to become the heart and soul of this team. He has shown in his short stints that he can make it as a starting QB, but his injuries have been anything but timely. The Titans just need to keep him healthy and he will have a great chance to flourish. There is a ton of talent around him, so it's time for Locker to show what he can really do, this being a contract year and all.
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