Tennessee Titans projected 53-man roster: June

Jan 1, 2017; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans running back DeMarco Murray (29) takes the field before the game against the Houston Texans at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 1, 2017; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans running back DeMarco Murray (29) takes the field before the game against the Houston Texans at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports /

What I think the Tennessee Titans roster look like for Week 1.

The Tennessee Titans have a lot of buzz around them for the right reasons.

As much as people want to temper expectations and tell fans to slow down, they are wrong. This team was improved last year and they are even better now.

Combine all of that talent with a coaching staff that has settled in and has job security, and a young roster with some starters under their belts and you have a good looking team.

The only question is, who gets cut in August?

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The Tennessee Titans are finally looking deep and the only problem with that is they are going to have to cut some of that depth to get to the 53-man allowed roster.

I have been asked a few times what I think the roster will look like, so here is my projection.

(I used Ourlads.com to get the best look at the roster as it stands today.)

Quarterback (2)

-Marcus Mariota

-Alex Tanney

I think this could be the year that the Tennessee Titans move on from Matt Cassel and let their backup quarterback of the future take a hold of that 2nd place job.

Marcus Mariota is a fantastic quarterback, but like with Big Ben and Aaron Rodgers you probably need a solid #2 for the way he plays.

The front office likes Tanney, enough so that they threw money at him to keep him from going to Cleveland last year to compete for the starting QB job.

This system makes a lot of sense to me and I think holding 3 QBs might be a waste of cap space and a roster spot.

Running back/Fullback (4)

-DeMarco Murray

-Derrick Henry

-Khalfani Muhammad

-Jalston Fowler

This is pretty standard. You keep the best running back tandem in the NFL together with Murray and Henry.

Behind them, you have Muhammad who is a change of pace player who can contribute on special teams. Jalston Fowler rounds out the group as a fullback.

Wide Receiver (5)

-Corey Davis

-Rishard Matthews

-Taywan Taylor

-Eric Decker

-Tajae Sharpe

This is a stellar group of wide receivers and I don’t see any reason why you can’t keep this group together exactly like this.

You have a dynamic WR1, a top-tier WR2, a speedy slot player, a big slot player who can block, and a potential WR2 down the road.

This would be the deepest and most talented unit on the Tennessee Titans roster, which is a testament to Jon Robinson and all he has done for this team.

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  • Tight End (3)

    -Delanie Walker

    -Jonnu Smith

    -Phillip Supernaw

    The Tennessee Titans have kept 4 tight ends under Mike Mularkey in the past, but that may not be the case this year.

    You have guys like Dennis Kelly and Tim Lelito that can be swing OTs that play some TE. You also have guys like Jalston Fowler and Eric Decker that are good blockers at their positions and can come in and replace a second tight end.

    Now that you know the talent on this roster, you can find guys that can do multiple things like Fowler, Kelly, etc. and use their versatility to your advantage.

    Offensive line (8)

    -Taylor Lewan, LT

    -Quinton Spain, LG

    -Ben Jones, C

    -Josh Kline, RG

    -Jack Conklin, RT

    -Dennis Kelly, OT/TE

    -Corey Levin, G/C

    -Tim Lelito, TE/FB/T/G/C

    You have the starting line and key back ups for each position. I think Levin could be a really nice player in the NFL and someone with ther versatility of Lelito is very valuable on gameday.

    Sebastian Tretola didn’t make the cut because I am not sure that he is going to beat out Levin for the job since Levin may be able to snap and/or play tackle. Both are things that Tretola can’t do.

    Defensive line (6)

    -Jurrell Casey

    -Daquan Jones

    -Sylvester Williams

    -Angelo Blackson

    -Antonio Johnson

    -Karl Klug

    I think Black son and Williams play a lot of nose tackle for the Tennessee Titans this year. The other four all do different things well for the Titans at 3-4 DE and have earned their spot on the roster.

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    EDGE (5)

    -Derrick Morgan

    -Brian Orakpo

    -Kevin Dodd

    -Aaron Wallace

    -Josh Carraway

    People may forget about Aaron Wallace, but I think he is the only pass rusher they have with any sort of speed. Dodd is going to get another real shot to win that 3rd EDGE role, but is limited to playing behind Morgan in my eyes.

    Wallace and Carraway should both compete to back up Orakpo as the stand up EDGE player who challenge LTs with speed and hands, rather than power.

    ILB (3)

    -Avery Williamson

    -Wesley Woodyard

    -Jayon Brown

    The starting two linebackers and then the nickel linebacker, Jayon Brown. I love what I hear about Brown this offseason and he seems like he could really see a large amount of snaps as a cover linebacker.

    CB (4)

    -Logan Ryan

    -Adoree Jackson

    -LeShaun Sims

    -Brice McCain

    I think this is what the core group of cornerbacks on this team will look like.

    Logan Ryan will be a boundary cornerback until the team needs to go into their 3 CB look. Once they do that I imagine that he will kick inside to play in the slot.

    Adoree Jackson and LeShaun Sims are both clearly boundary cornerbacks and I believe that one of them will come on in nickel situations to push Ryan inside to cornerback.

    McCain has some speed that will really help him, especially in the slot. If Ryan gets hurt, the quick option is to make Jackson and Sims your starting boundary CBs and have McCain come in for nickel packages.

    Safety (3)

    -Kevin Byard

    -Johnathan Cyprien

    -Da’Norris Searcy

    Byard and Cyprien are your prototypical free safety and strong safety, in that order. Byard can do more things, but I think he will clearly shine in a free safety role.

    Searcy can do everything at an “ok” level, but he isn’t going to show out and push either one for the starting job.

    Special teams players (8)

    -Eric Weems

    -Justin Staples

    -Darren Bates

    -Nate Palmer

    -Brynden Trawick

    -Brett Kern

    -Ryan Succop

    -Beau Brinkley

    You probably thought I forgot a few people during my breakdown, but here they are.

    The reason they are here is because, while you can call Weems and Trawick a wide receiver and a safety, they really are going to earn their 53-man roster spots as special teams players.

    All of these guys can be above average to very good special teamers and are almost guaranteed a spot based on Mike Mularkey’s big offseason goal of getting better on special teams.

    Final roster: 51

    Who is left?

    So, with two spots remaining there are a lot of guys that could push to get those final two spots. Here are the main guys and a blurb on why the Tennessee Titans may want to keep them.

    The names I would select are written in italics.

    Sebastian Tretola G- A player with a defined role, Tretola’s mauling ability and size may endear him to Russ Grimm. If the Titans have this room, they could keep 9 OL.

    Tre McBride STMcBride is a very good gunner on special teams. If they have the room for him, they may keep him for the help he could add in the 3rd phase.

    Jerome Cunningham TE- The Titans do love to keep 4 TEs, so if that continues he is the guy I would keep.

    Matt Cassel QB- I don’t think he is going anywhere if he hits free agency, but Marcus Mariota seems to like him and he is a good locker room guy.

    Victor Ochi EDGEA young pass rusher with nice burst off of the line, Ochi has something that few people on this team have. If he can make a splash in preaseason you would like to keep him.

    Mehdi Abdesmad/Antwaun Woods/DeAngelo Brown NT- If the Tennessee Titans want a true nose tackle, then these are the guys with the best shot.

    Harry Douglas WR- They love him and his work ethic. It would be strange for them to keep him based on cap hit and age, but if they have the spots…