Tennessee Titans training camp: Whose stock is up and whose is falling

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Here’s your Tennessee Titans stock report

The NFL kicked off the 2021 season with the Hall of Fame Game last week and on Friday the Tennessee Titans will go to Georgia to face the Atlanta Falcons.

People will debate the watchability of preseason games until they are blue in the face, but it is hard to look at the 2020 season and come away thinking that the games aren’t important.

Across the league, rookies struggled to acclimate to the big stage and it hurt the Tennessee Titans badly even though their record didn’t reflect it. Even when they were 5-0, there were some big issues that needed addressing.

Then-rookie cornerbacks Kristian Fulton and Chris Jackson were thrown into action before they were ready thanks to the Adoree Jackson injury, and with no preseason to prepare them for their role in the NFL the entire defense struggled.

It even hurt rookies that played well like Teair Tart. The defensive tackle didn’t get to see the field until November, but he played so well that he is penciled in for the starting nose tackle job in 2021 and the coaching staff felt confident enough in Tart to let veteran leader DaQuan Jones go to the Carolina Panthers (a deal that should help net the Titans another compensatory pick in the 2022 NFL Draft).

With preseason actually taking place this season, these are some Tennessee Titans who might be moving up the depth chart and some that might be on the verge of losing playing time.