The Tennessee Titans will soon have to trim their roster to 80 players, and then down to 53 by the start of the 2020 season.
With veteran players set to report to Training Camp on Wednesday, here’s who I currently see making it past the final cut.
- Ryan Tannehill
- Logan Woodside
- Cole McDonald (R)
Unlike in 2019, there is absolutely no controversy for the Titans at QB entering the 2020 season. Tannehill is their man, and he’ll be making a lot of money.
There is some uncertainty at backup quarterback, where it looks like the Titans will count on either a former Alliance of American Football player or a seventh-round rookie to hold down the fort.
With McDonald’s rawness and the uncertainty surrounding Training Camp due to COVID-19, both guys should stick on the roster.
Running Back (4)
- Derrick Henry
- Darrynton Evans (R)
- Dalyn Dawkins
- Khari Blasingame
Derrick Henry is getting ready for the Chiefs 😳
— B/R Gridiron (@brgridiron) January 17, 2020
Henry is the engine that drives the entire Titans offense. Behind him on the depth chart is Evans, a very exciting rookie who can excel as a runner and a receiver.
That versatility should make life easier for Henry and improve his efficiency (if that’s possible, at this point). Dawkins is someone the Titans have liked for a while, and Blasingame was a good lead blocker for Henry in 2019.
Wide Receiver (5)
- Corey Davis
- Adam Humphries
- A.J. Brown
- Rashard Davis
- Kalif Raymond
The top three of this group are strong, but the bottom two is underwhelming. Keeping just five receivers is becoming rare in the modern NFL, but the Titans just don’t have enough talent at the bottom to justify keeping more.
Is losing a replaceable receiver like Cameron Batson or Cody Hollister that big of a deal when it means keeping a more talented player at another position?
Tight End (3)
- Jonnu Smith
- Anthony Firkser
- MyCole Pruitt
This was a strong trio in 2019, and Smith is a popular candidate to see a breakout season in 2020. Smith is fast and a monster after the catch, Firkser is very elusive and Pruitt is a quality blocker.
Offensive Tackle (4)
- Taylor Lewan
- Dennis Kelly
- Isaiah Wilson (R)
- Ty Sambrailo
Regardless of whether Kelly or Wilson begins the 2020 season as the Titans’ starter at right tackle, these are likely the four tackles that will make the final cut heading into the regular season.
Sambrailo has a lot of experience as a swing tackle and was a savvy free agency acquisition. He’s probably more of a lock to make the roster than a lot of people will give him credit for.
Interior OL (4)
- Rodger Saffold
- Ben Jones
- Nate Davis
- Jamil Douglas
Because of Sambrailo’s ability to play guard and tackle, the Titans won’t be forced to keep their numbers up on the interior of the offensive line.
Douglas, at this point, figures to be their choice as a reserve. He can play guard and center, and Vrabel has always seemed to like him.