July 29, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans wide receiver Michael Preston (14) catches a pass during training camp workout at the Titans training facility at Baptist Sports Park. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports
Which wide receivers will make the 53-man roster for the Tennessee Titans? From June 3-4, Titan Sized evaluated the two frontrunner candidates: Nate Washington and Damian Williams. It’s time to start reviewing three players who really need a strong training camp if they’re going to win a roster spot.
Let’s take a look at the player who’s the biggest unknown commodity among this group: Michael Preston. At 6-5 and 206 pounds (ESPN), Preston has spent most of his first two seasons on the Titans’ practice squad. He did appear in the last four games of the 2012-13 NFL season. He had five receptions for 59 yards.
Who is Preston? Titan Sized assistant editor and lead columnist Josh Gunnels addressed those issues when he wrote this article on Dec. 12, 2012. Preston was praised for his hard work during practice. Here’s an interesting tidbit from that article:
"John Glennon later reported that Mike Munchack and the coaching staff thought that Preston was a “good fit” for this game. He plays the same receiver position, “X”, as Kenny Britt, and that basically Preston would be another big target and be able to give Britt a break during the game."
Before Justin Hunter was drafted, Preston appeared to have a great chance to make the Week 1 roster. He could still make the team if six receivers are kept. Another way he could make the team is if he gives the coaches enough confidence that they’re willing to move on from Nate Washington or Damian Williams. One other possibility may happen if the Titans needed salary-cap space for whatever reason (e.g. if Titans sign John Abraham).
One thing to keep in mind is special teams productivity. Those bottom-tier roster players are supposed to contribute in those areas. That would give Marc Mariani a leg up. At the same time, Preston has more potential as a wide receiver.
How do our readers feel about Preston? As of today, does Preston make the roster? Answer in the poll below.
Monday: Nate Washington
Tuesday: Damian Williams
Wednesday: Michael Preston
Thursday: Marc Mariani
Friday: Kevin Walter