How is the 2014 Tennessee Titans roster shaping up following draft weekend? Below is an early depth chart that includes every player listed on the Titans Online roster (plus the six rookies).
Undrafted Free Agents, Offense (UPDATED AS OF 8:40 PM CT)
Antonio Andrews (running back, Western Kentucky)
Josh Stewart (wide receiver, Oklahoma State)
Derel Walker (wide receiver, Texas A&M)
Eric Ward (wide receiver, Texas Tech)
Jaz Reynolds (wide receiver, Oklahoma)
David Wright (tight end, Westminster)
Gabe Ikard (center, Oklahoma)
Justin McCray (offensive lineman, Central Florida)
Travis Coons (kicker, Washington)
(Note: William Poehls (offensive lineman, Montana) wasn’t on titansonline.com’s final list).
Analysis: Look at all those wide receivers and interior offensive lineman. Anybody stand out as a potential No. 5 or No. 6 option for the 2014-15 roster? Travis Coons has a very strong chance of making this team with an impressive training camp.
Analysis: Mettenberger will get every opportunity to win the No. 3 job. Barring another Locker injury, don’t expect the team to rush him into the starting lineup. I’m interested to see what happens to Wilson, especially if he clearly outperforms Mettenberger in training camp. Would the Titans keep four quarterbacks or try to sneak Mettenberger on to the practice squad?
Dexter McCluster (also plays wide receiver)
Bishop Sankey (rookie)
Analysis: Expect a running-back-by-committee featuring Greene, Sankey and the ever-versatile McCluster. Battle has enough special-teams value to earn a roster spot. Washington should make the team as the No. 1 returner. The Titans should try to keep McCluster reserved to offense. Don’t risk him on special teams.
Analysis: Wright, Hunter and Washington are all-but-certain locks in the top three. There’s no reason that Preston doesn’t start next season as a No. 4. He’s worth keeping an eye on. Robiskie, Mariani, and everyone else will battle for a No. 5 and possibly No. 6 job. I don’t see them keeping six wide receives because McCluster already provides them that option.
Analysis:Don’t expect Schepler or Schiltz to factor into the 53-man roster equation. Only major difference may come with Thompson competing against any potential undrafted free-agent tight end. If Thompson wins a spot, then expect the same depth chart as last season.
Michael Roos (left tackle)
Andy Levitre (left guard)
Brian Schwenke (center)
Chance Warmack (right guard)
Michael Oher (right tackle)
Taylor Lewan (rookie)
Analysis: The first and most important question: can Lewan upend Oher for the starting right tackle job? How will the team use him assuming everybody stays healthy? Adams, Olsen, Horn, or any potential undrafted free agent could have a chance to win a spot as a reserve interior offensive lineman. Stingily’s job appears safe.
Maikon Bonani (Kicker)
Brett Kern (Punter)
Beau Brinkley (Long-Snapper)
Dexter McCluster (return specialist)
Leon Washington (return specialist)
Marc Mariani (return specialist)
Analysis: The Titans will bring in kicker competition through undrafted free agency. Bonani was way too inaccurate to just get the job without competing for it. Mariani probably won’t make the team unless McCluster / Washington get injured or he shows enormous improvement as a wide receiver. For that to matter, Mariani must remain healthy.
Stay tuned. Defense comes later tonight.