Now that the Tennessee Titans have secured large receiver Julio Jones in a commerce with the Atlanta Falcons, we are able to knock that place off the listing of the crew’s remaining wants.
Earlier than we get to the most important ones remaining, let’s speak about some honorable mentions. These embody positions that make sense so as to add to, however aren’t of the utmost significance within the grand scheme of issues.
Backup QB: Logan Woodside and DeShone Kizer are set to battle it out, however including one other veteran possibility wouldn’t be a foul concept to ensure that Tennessee to hedge its guess to find a viable backup who can hold the crew afloat if Ryan Tannehill will get harm.
Backup OLB: Past Harold Landry and Bud Dupree, the Titans’ depth at outdoors linebacker is a bit skinny. Rookie Rashad Weaver, Derick Roberson and particular groups ace Ola Adeniyi are Tennessee’s greatest choices at the moment.
Backup CB: The retirement of Kevin Johnson erased a depth piece from the Titans’ secondary, and notably within the slot. On the flip facet, Johnson was set to be anyplace from CB4 to CB6 on the depth chart, so shedding him isn’t main by any stretch.
Now, let’s rank the Titans’ largest remaining wants, of which there are three.
On the prime of the Titans’ tight finish depth chart sits Geoff Swaim and Anthony Firkser, each of whom do one factor very well. Swaim is a blocking specialist, whereas Firkser is a pass-catching specialist.
Past these two, the Titans are missing expertise, as Briley Moore and Miller Forristall are each rookies and undrafted free brokers, and Tommy Hudson and Jared Pinkney have by no means performed a regular-season snap.
The Titans ought to at the very least take into account including a extra well-rounded tight finish who suits the mould of an every-down participant on the place. In any other case, Tennessee’s offense may grow to be a bit extra predictable.
Accessible choices to think about: Zach Ertz (commerce), O.J. Howard (commerce), Delanie Walker, Tyler Eifert
Two-thirds of Tennessee’s line of defense is already set with Jeffery Simmons and Denico Autry, however the Titans have query marks past that in the case of changing the snaps misplaced by DaQuan Jones’ departure.
2020 UDFA Teair Tart and 2020 fifth-round decide Larrell Murchison stand one of the best likelihood at selecting up at the very least a share of these snaps, and recently-signed veteran Abry Jones is a brand new entrant into the equation.
Tart and Murchison lack expertise, and in an ideal world could be depth items. Jones has been a serviceable participant over his eight-year profession, however has spent most of that point as a backup and doesn’t actually transfer the needle as a starter.
Tennessee has some choices right here, as Autry’s potential to play nostril sort out and defensive finish permits the crew to discover including a participant at both spot.
Accessible choices to think about: Geno Atkins, Sheldon Richardson, Justin Houston, Melvin Ingram, Jurrell Casey
Kicker stays the Titans’ largest want to deal with shifting ahead, as their choices on the place are at the moment weaker than these on the aforementioned ones.
Because it stands now, Tennessee is taking a look at a contest between 2020 UDFA Tucker McCann and 2021 UDFA Blake Haubeil, neither of whom have any NFL expertise.
McCann spent his rookie marketing campaign on the Titans’ observe squad however didn’t get right into a single sport, and he didn’t look too good throughout final 12 months’s coaching camp, both. Haubeil, in fact, is an excellent greater wild card.
We assume the No. 1 purpose at kicker proper now’s to carry Stephen Gostkowski again, though there isn’t a assure he’ll play in 2021 with the veteran having turned 37 in January.
Ought to Gostkowski resolve to not come again to Nashville for any motive, the Titans must discover one other veteran in free company to take his spot. Sadly, the choices are fairly underwhelming at this late stage.
Accessible choices to think about: Dan Bailey, Zane Gonzalez, Brett Maher