5 studs from the Tennessee Titans defense
Matt Barkley, quarterback
Matt Barkley came in as the favorite to win the backup quarterback job. He seemed to be neck and neck with Logan Woodside coming into the final week of the preseason. If that’s true, Barkley’s performance may have ensured that he’s given the job that he wanted to someone else.
Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, wide receiver
Once seen as one of the favorites to win what might be six jobs at wide receiver on the Titans 53-man regular-season roster, Nick Westbrook-Ikhine has fallen all the way down the depth chart. We aren’t discussing him at all anymore.
Caleb Farley, cornerback
Caleb Farley hasn’t played an entire season of football since he was at Maiden High School in North Carolina. He got some valuable playing time in this one and failed to do anything to prove that he should be given anything other than a backup role. Look for some big things in the future, but as of now, he isn’t developing into the guy the Titans thought they were getting when they took him in the first round.
Dez Fitzpatrick, wide receiver
Dez Fitzpatrick hasn’t been able to prove that he’s one of the six best wide receivers on this roster, and he’s kind of put his team in a pickle. If the Titans intend to keep him on the active roster and keep the top six wideouts they have, they may be forced to use a seventh roster spot on Fitz.
Naquan Jones, defensive lineman
Naquan Jones has some ability, but with so much talent along the Titans’ defensive line, it appears the undrafted rookie will fall victim to the numbers game and wind up on the 16-man practice squad.