Tennessee Titans: What to Watch For in Preseason Game vs. Vikings

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September 1, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Clemson Tigers linebacker Jonathan Willard (46) celebrates beating the Auburn Tigers while wearing the “Old Leather Helmet” at the Georgia Dome. Clemson won 26-19. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Jonathan Willard, Scott Solomon

An interception may have helped Jonathan Willard make a case for making more than the practice squad. Scott Solomon is another player who’s trying to win a reserve linebacker job. Some of their indirect competition includes Antonio Johnson, Khalid Wooten and anyone who’s competing for backup free safety.

Rusty Smith

Will the Titans keep three quarterbacks on the main roster? Rusty Smith still has practice squad eligibility. Would any team pluck him away is anyone’s guess. Smith should receive a majority of snaps against the Vikings’ second- and third-teamers.

Brian Schwenke

Expect Brian Schwenke to play often. It’s highly unlikely that he’d dethrone Rob Turner for the starting job, however, it gives the coaches a chance to see their fourth-round pick in action after he missed the first two preseason games with a hamstring injury.

Safety

Do the Titans need to keep a backup free safety? Watch for players such as Al Afalava and Daimion Stafford to make their case. What may hurt them is if the coaches believe that Verner would provide a serviceable replacement as a backup free safety.

Jack Doyle, Brandon Barden

Watch these tight ends attempt to make one last attempt for a spot on the main roster. Unless the Titans really want to keep four tight ends, their best bet is a spot on the practice squad.

Khalid Wooten

Here’s a sixth-round pick who some roster projectors have left off of their 53-man roster predictions. Khalid Wooten not only offers cornerback depth but he’s an experienced return specialist. If Wooten were able to make a big special-teams play, does it have an impact on the Mariani vs. Reynaud competition?

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