Dec 11, 2011; Nashville,TN, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker (10) celebrates with teammates Daniel Graham (86) and Leroy Harris (64) after rushing for a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints during the second half at LP Field. New Orleans defeated Tennessee 22-17. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-US PRESSWIRE

Tennessee Titans Projected Starters: Offense

Here are the projected starters for the 2012 Tennessee Titans offense:

Quarterback

Jake Locker

I know you guys will love this one. This is going to be a tight race between Matt Hasselbeck and Jake Locker. Matt brings experience and accuracy to the table, but Locker is a natural leader and a playmaker. My projection is that Jake and Matt will be tied for the starting spot and that will give Jake Locker the “W”. There is no reason to play Matt if that is the case.

Halfback

Chris Johnson

There is no real competition for CJ in the roster. Ringer has been nothing more than reliable and Harper showed some glimpses in the past preseason. Looks like CJ gained some muscle weight and is ready to step up. He will have a better season this year… Maybe. It just can’t be any worse.

Fullback

Quinn Johnson

He is not the Sarge, but I really liked what he brought to the table while Hall was suspended. He will have competition but his experience will give him an edge. I project we won’t see a lot of fullback in the field this season.

Wide Receiver

Kenny Britt (if healthy), Kendall Wright

Kenny Britt’s health has been an issue this offseason. Personally, I think the Titans would have made the playoffs last season if Britt had played the whole season. He is a game changer and a huge target for the quarterback. He has the combinations of strength, size and speed to burn any cornerback in the league.

Kendall Wright is the perfect complement to Kenny Britt. He is a deep threat that will open the short inside routes to Kenny. Wright has shown he has playmaker ability and the word that described him in college was separation. These two guys can be a great tandem for the next five years.

Tight End

Jared Cook

In this particular position, we will see a lot of rotation, depending on the package the Titans are running. Cook has the edge here because it looks like the Titans will open up the offense a little more this season. His athleticism and speed are hard to match up with in this league by a linebacker or safety. Stevens will see the field a lot and look for Thompson to have plenty of opportunities to show what he is capable of doing in the field.

Offensive Line

Michael Roos, Steve Hutchinson, Eugene Amano, LeRoy Harris, David Stewart.

The Titans had plenty of opportunities to upgrade this unit and they missed or passed. There are no signs yet of Amano moving to RG and Harris to C. Hutchinson is an immediate upgrade, but the weakest part of the line was Amano. I’m not happy at all with Amano starting again this year, especially when we had Myers and Wells in for visits in free agency and Peter Konz was available in the 2nd round. This line is very solid in pass protection, but the run protection could not be any worse.

 

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  • http://www.justinlstewart.com/ jstitansized

    I’m not gonna lie, I’m almost certain that Hasselbeck will win the QB competition, though I think Locker will start at some point this season.

  • albertogonzalez

    I think Matt will win a really close competition, but Locker will start day 1. Maybe our friend Bud Adams will have a word on that.