Tennessee Titans minicamp starts this week, who has the most to lose.
With OTAs over, it is time to look at the final part of the Titans offseason: minicamp.
I am not sure exactly where the line is drawn between offseason and preseason, but to me that line sits squarely at the end of June after minicamp and before camp starts in July.
So with minicamp here, the important thing to know is what the difference really is between it and OTAs.
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The main difference is time. Mike Mularkey defined the difference in this article on the Tennessee Titans website:
“‘We have more time in the building with them (this week),’ Mularkey said. ‘We can have them for 10 hours instead of six hours, there will be more meeting time. We can have 3 ½ hours of on-field time, so the fast practice will be two hours, they will have more time after practice. And we’ll have an hour walk-through. So there is more time on the field, there is more time in the classroom.'”
So this is where new players or those deeper on the roster get a chance to prove themselves before camp comes around.
This brings about competition, which could threaten some jobs. These are the Titans that stand to lose the most during this time period.
Kevin Dodd EDGE
I think Dodd is my big loser for the offseason. He hasn’t worked out or practiced with the team thanks to a foot injury that has derailed his career early.
That injury is what put him on I.R. last year, and a second surgery has put him on the shelf again.
If the Titans have anyone else that can rush the passer with his hand on the ground, Dodd could find himself at the bottom of the depth chart quickly.
Matt Cassel QB
His thumb injury is an issue and a cheaper and younger option is already on the roster. The Titans liked Alex Tanney so much that they offered him a huge contract for a QB3 just to stay in Nashville instead of leaving for Cleveland.
If all things are equal, I think Tanney may just get the nod to be the long term backup for Marcus Mariota, supplanting Cassel.
Tajae Sharpe WR
This is the wrong time for Sharpe to get hurt. It wasn’t his choice obviously, but Sharpe will miss time right as Corey Davis is getting healthy.
With glowing reports on Taywan Taylor already coming out of camp, a good minicamp from Davis could seal Sharpe’s fate as the WR4 on this team.
Even worse, there have been some rumblings about the Titans being interested in Eric Decker which would push him even farther down the roster.