by Dante Pitts
The highlight of the Tennessee Titans’ preseason was the quarterback play of rookie Marcus Mariota. Mariota was able to show his composure through four preseasons games by overcoming adversity in his first outing and making sound decisions throughout the others. In his last outing, Mariota was able to throw the first touchdown of his NFL career in a 24-17 win against the Vikings. The Titans have two young, great quarterbacks in Mariota and Mettenberger, but they do not have a lot of experience. Charlie Whitehurst is also on the bench, but will not see a lot of playing time as long as the quarterbacks stay healthy.
Look for Bishop Sankey to be the starter although the Titans have several options at running back. Antonio Andrews showed some bright spots in the preseason and Dexter McCluster will definitely add another dynamic to the running game. David Cobb has been sent to IR after missing the final two preseason games with a calf injury. Also, the Titans have traded for running back Terrance West, who will be adding to the running back by committee offense.
The Titans parted ways with veteran wide receiver Hakeem Nicks. Although Nicks was receiving plenty of reps during practices and training camps, he did not make much of an impact to stay on the Titans’ roster. In his preseason outings, Nicks played in all four exhibition games and had 3 receptions for 59 yards. Kendall Wright and Harry Douglas are two proven veterans that will be the bulk of the receiving corps. Justin Hunter still has upside and will have to prove a lot going into this upcoming season. Dorial Green-Beckham has the most value as a rookie, although he has shown inconsistencies with route running and completing catches. When Green-Beckham runs his routes correctly, he is a valuable asset and a threat.
The Titans have several options at tight end. The starter will, of course, be Delanie Walker, but they will also have Anthony Fasano, Craig Stevens, Chase Coffman and Phillip Supernaw. Supernaw was a lock to make the roster after a great training camp and preseason outing. From a fantasy standpoint, these players may not make a huge impact going into each week, but look for Walker to be a top 10 fantasy option.
The Titans’ defense recorded a turnover in each of their four preseason games which is an improvement from just a year ago. Zach Brown, the anchor of the Titans’ defense, has shown very good performances in the preseason. The Titans’ defense is a lot better but I would not look to draft them. I would definitely look at upcoming games and check out match ups to pick them up out of free agency.