Are you ready for the dawn of a new NFL season? In fewer than three weeks, the Tennessee Titans will host the first of 12 public training camps. These camps will prepare them for a grueling journey that starts in July and, if everything goes well, ends in February.
Some players are familiar with the routine. Others have come from different organizations. The Titans are hoping that those players are quick learners. Some will compete for roster spots. Others will start on opening weekend.
Below is a list that includes some of the key offensive players who were signed as free agents this past offseason. List doesn’t include players who were signed to futures contracts (e.g. Nathan Enderle, Kasey Studdard) or any rookies:
RB Alvester Alexander
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick
RB Shonn Greene
OG Andy Levitre
RB Jalen Parmele
OL Barry Richardson
OL Chris Spencer
OL Rob Turner
TE Delanie Walker
WR Kevin Walter
Levitre and Walker are locks for starting jobs. The Titans are hoping that Greene becomes the quality complementary back that Chris Johnson hasn’t had since LenDale White was traded following the 2009-10 season. Fitzpatrick replaces Matt Hasselbeck as the primary backup quarterback to Jake Locker. With Locker’s injury history, Fitzpatrick must prepare for anything and everything.
Everyone else will compete for roster spots. Keep an eye on those players because they have the most to lose from an underwhelming preseason. Can Walter win a job among a receiver group that has at least eight players who could land roster spots around the league? Barring injuries, those three OL (Levitre not included) are likely competing for one, maybe two reserve jobs.
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