Tennessee Titans 2017 Preview
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The Tennessee Titans have not made the playoffs since 2008, but there's reason for optimism heading into 2017, as the team did win nine games and has a young, hungry roster that is showing promise. The Titans are one of those young teams that's building nicely through the draft and has the potential to breakthrough within a year or so. Of course, Titans’ fans hope that turning of the corner starts to show its head this season.
Are the Titans a year or two ahead schedule and ready to make a run in the AFC?
Here’s the Tennessee Titans 2017 NFL preview.
Key Player Losses: The Titans say bye to wide receiver Kendall Wright after he played for the team since 2012 and produced 280 receptions, 3,244 yards and 18 touchdowns. The rest of the losses for the Titans are all on the defensive side, as cornerback Jason McCourty is now in Cleveland, defensive back Valentino Blake is with the New York Giants and linebacker Sean Spence leaves after one season in Tennessee to join the Indianapolis Colts. Meanwhile, Perrish Cox, Daimion Stafford, Rashad Johnson are all free agents.
Key Player Additions: The Titans added depth to the offensive line by adding Tim Lelito, who started 24 games for the New Orleans Saints and has experience at guard and center. The rest of the additions came on defense, where Tennessee added veteran safety Johnathan Cyprien, cornerback Logan Ryan and nose tackle Sylvester Williams. Cyprien had more than 400 tackles with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Ryan is a two-time Super Bowl champion with 41 career pass deflections and Williams has a Super Bowl ring along with six career sacks.
Draft: The Titans landed their No. 1 wide receiver in Corey Davis, who stands at 6’3” and has the speed, sure hands you want. Davis instantly makes Marcus Mariota a better quarterback. Adoree' Jackson is a playmaking cornerback who has a chance to start as a rookie and can help out on special teams as well. Wide receiver Taywan Taylor is a playmaker with the ball in his hands and will see immediate time in the slot. Tight end Jonnu Smith is another athlete the Titans add to the offense, trying to give their franchise QB as many weapons as possible. Linebacker Jayon Brown plays the game hard and can play sideline to sideline, making him a nice rotational player for the defense. Overall, the Titans landed a lot of flashy players and great athletes, showing they're trying to beat you with speed and quickness.
Outlook: The Tennessee Titans won eight of their last 12 games and that included wins over the Green Bay Packers, Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs. The Titans are a team on the rise rather quickly and sped up the process with a terrific draft that features a lot of guys who will make plays their rookie seasons. I'm really high on the potential of this Titans squad and would probably consider them the favorites to win the AFC South. The Titans have an above-average defense, a quarterback who has gotten better each year and now weapons around him. Assuming Mariota will be fully recovered from his leg injury and ready to go, the Titans should have no trouble making the playoffs, which is why I would put something on these big future odds, at the very least opening up hedging opportunities. I’m buying all kinds of Tennessee Titans stock.
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