Tennessee Titans: 3 surprises from their first depth chart

Anthony Firkser (86), Ryan Tannehill (17) Mandatory Credit: USA TODAY SPORTS Image pool)
Anthony Firkser (86), Ryan Tannehill (17) Mandatory Credit: USA TODAY SPORTS Image pool) /

As the Tennessee Titans approach their Week 1 game versus the Arizona Cardinals, everyone has their opinion on what to expect from the guys in two shades of blue. Some are saying that there’s a chance that this team plays in the final game of the season, one scheduled for February in Los Angeles. Others believe that the Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Cleveland Browns are the superior teams.

Make no mistake about it though. The Titans will see three of those teams during the regular season (K.C., Buffalo, and Pittsburgh), and the one they’ll miss (Cleveland) is a team that they could easily cross paths with in the postseason.

Many outside the circle of dedicated fans believe that Ryan Tannehill may not be the guy to lead this team to a Vince Lombardi Trophy, but those who have been paying attention know better.

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He may have wallowed in mediocrity in Miami with the Dolphins, but he seems a lot more polished as a more mature version of himself now. He leads a talented group on offense as the argument can be made that Tennessee will be a better team in 2021 than they were a year ago. All you have to do is take a look at this season’s roster.

The Tennessee Titans pull a fast one on us with their first depth chart.

Every day brings us something to talk about when we know a game approaches, and it’s no different with the Titans. They’ve released their first official depth chart. Here’s the thing though. It looks a little different than we thought it might. Let’s talk about a couple of surprises that jump right out at us.

1. Geoff Swaim starts over Anthony Firkser.

After Jonnu Smith left during the most recent offseason, there were questions about who might replace him. Anthony Firkser, perhaps this team’s best receiving tight end and definitely the one with the most upside, sits behind Geoff Swaim on the depth chart.

Keep an eye on this one. This doesn’t mean Firkser won’t be a key piece of the offense. Maybe Tennessee runs a lot of two-tight-end sets, or maybe Swaim’s presence means they want to run the ball more as he’s a more polished blocker.

2. There’s no definite answer at right tackle.

We knew Dillon Radunz was drafted to, hopefully, lock down the starting right tackle spot. As it appears, he still has some work to do.

Tennessee has yet to name their right tackle, and at the time of this story being written and published, Ty Sambrailo and Kendall Lamm are both penciled into the position.

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3. Caleb Farley is a depth piece, not a starter.

Caleb Farley, the Tennessee Titans’ first-round draft choice in the 2021 NFL Draft, will begin the season as a reserve. This one shouldn’t come as a surprise. He hasn’t played a full football season since he was in high school, and frankly, Kristian Fulton and Elijah Molden are both just better right now. It appears that Mr. Farley needs to do a little more to impress his coaches.