By Ethan Rees on August 1, 2014
The Tennessee Titans have a lot of sorting out to do over the next few weeks. A number of key positions have decent depth, and the coaching staff will have to figure out how they plan to work all of their pieces into the right spots. Here's a look at the top five position battles to watch during the Titans training camp.
Rob Bironas is gone and the Titans will need one of their young kickers to impress them during training camp. The job is completely open and will be fought over by Maikon Bonani and Travis Coons. Both are talented young players who had impressive collegiate careers. They both have a chance to stand out during the summer and secure the starting job.
The top of the depth chart is all set at WR, but there are a number of guys vying for one of the final spots on the 2014 roster. Brian Robiskie, Derek Hagan, and Marc Mariani seem to all be in the equation for a potential spot. Ken Whisenhunt will surely take the entirety of training camp to get all the wide outs enough reps to make a more educated decision.
The Tennessee Titans have three guys who could realistically start at the tight end position. Delanie Walker is the obvious favorite as the returning starter, but Craig Stevens and Taylor Thompson will both be fighting for playing time behind him. They are both talented all-around players and will definitely serve as an asset for the Titans offense to have that depth.
The defense has a bunch of spots to fill and move around as they switch over to the 3-4 style defense led by Ray Horton. The Titans brought in a couple of linebackers in the offseason to add to their group that will be competing for time in the middle of the defense. Players like Zavier Gooden, Avery Williamson and Zach Brown will all be battling for a similar role in Tennessee's defense, giving the coaching staff a lot to think about.
Moving on from Chris Johnson was in the franchise's best interest. Tennessee brought in Dexter McCluster through free agency and drafted Bishop Sankey from Washington to fill his spot. These two guys are the top candidates to split time in the backfield, as a number of guys like Jackie Battle and Leon Washington will just be fighting for playing time. They could squeeze a few of them over to the FB position in certain formations as well.
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