Dec 23, 2012; Green Bay, WI, USA; Tennessee Titans punter Brett Kern (6) during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. The Packers won 55-7. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

2013-14 Tennessee Titans Training Camp Preview: Special Teams


Training camp is right around the corner. The 2013-14 NFL regular season is fewer than two months away. What can Tennessee Titans enthusiasts expect from their team as they prepare for those meaningful games that begin in September?

Over the next few days, Titan Sized will give a brief preview on each position. What are some storylines heading into training camp and preseason games? Are there any jobs up for grabs? All players listed are from the roster at titansonline.com.

It’s time to finalize these training camp previews. There was offense and there was defense. Now it’s time for the grand finale: specialists.

2013-14 Tennessee Titans Training Camp Participants: Special Teams
Rob Bironas
Maikon Bonani
Beau Brinkley
Brett Kern

Not much to discuss here. If you’re unaware of who Bonani is, he’s a kicker who was signed as an undrafted free agent. Unless Bironas gets injured or has a horrific training camp, Bonani has next-to-no chance of winning a roster spot. Brinkley and Kern are set in stone.

Want a storyline? For the first time since 1999-00, Alan Lowry will not coach the special teams unit.  It appears as though Mike Munchak wants to see some new ideas and theories implemented. Responsible for those decisions is Nate Kaczor, who spent last season as an assistant offensive line coach. From 2008-11, Kaczor was an assistant special teams coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Outside of pure specialists, there’s the competition between Marc Mariani and Darius Reynaud for duties as return specialist. There’s a decent chance that the loser of that battle won’t make the team. Although Reynaud appears to have the advantage with big plays, Mariani seems more disciplined. Let them duke it out in July and August.

That concludes the training camp previews from Titan Sized. Good luck to everyone involved and hope this team surprises the doubters—I mean, experts.

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