|Date & Time||Monday June 29, 2015, 10:00 PM (EDT)|
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The Tennessee Titans can only go up after finishing last season with a 2-14 record and missing the playoffs for a sixth straight season.
Here are how the Titans shape up entering the 2015 season.
Key Player Losses: Nate Washington left after six seasons with the Titans, and he combined for 98 receptions in his last two seasons. That’s pretty much all the Titans lost on the offensive side of the ball if you’re not including Jake Locker retirement. Defensively, Kamerion Wimbley retired after nine seasons in the league and spending his last three with Tennessee. Safety George Wilson is still a free agent after racking up 73 tackles and four pass deflections last season. Overall, the Titans did a great job of holding onto all of their key players.
Key Player Additions: Offensively, the Titans decided to take a veteran approach by adding Harry Douglas, Anthony Fasano and Hakeem Nicks, which is a trio that’s combined for 70 receiving touchdowns. If anything, it gives the Titans sure handed players and guys who can mentor some of the younger players coming up. Defensively, the Titans landed a promising safety in Da'Norris Searcy, a playmaker cornerback in Perrish Cox and a hard-hitting linebacker in Brian Orakpo. The Titans defense got a lot better with those additions and also adds some leadership to that side of the ball as well.
Draft: I love the Titans additions of Marcus Mariota and Dorial Green-Beckham on the offensive side of the ball. Mariota is a possible franchise quarterback and Green-Beckham has all of the tools to be an All Pro receiver if he can just keep his head on straight. Jeremiah Poutasi is a good pass protector out of Utah and Angelo Blackson is a versatile defensive lineman who is great against the run. Also, running back David Cobb was a steal in fifth round, as I loved this kid out of Minnesota and think he has starter written all over him in due time.
2015 Outlook: I think it’s easy to say the Titans will win more than two games, which is progress given what happened last season. However, the Titans are a team that’s clearly slowly building for the future and isn’t in any position to start competing in the AFC South, even if it isn’t the strongest division in football. The Titans will have moments that get fans excited, but they’ll also have a ton of growing pains. This team is still young. Be patient.
Tennessee Titans 2015 Schedule:
Sept. 13 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 4:25
Sept. 20 at Cleveland Browns, 1
Sept. 27 Indianapolis Colts, 1
Oct. 4 BYE
Oct. 11 Buffalo Bills, 1
Oct. 18 Miami Dolphins, 1
Oct. 25 Atlanta Falcons, 1
Nov. 1 at Houston Texans, 1
Nov. 8 at New Orleans Saints, 1
Nov. 15 Carolina Panthers, 1
Nov. 19 at Jacksonville Jaguars (Thu), 8:25
Nov. 29 Oakland Raiders, 1
Dec. 6 Jacksonville Jaguars, 1
Dec. 13 at New York Jets, 1
Dec. 20 at New England Patriots, 1
Dec. 27 Houston Texans, 1
Jan. 3 at Indianapolis Colts, 1