A look at the Tennessee Titans starters now vs when the season started

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Tennessee Titans Week 1 roster

Starting offense:

QB: Ryan Tannehill

WR1: A.J. Brown

WR2: Julio Jones

WR3: Chester Rodgers

LT: Taylor Lewan

LG: Rodger Saffold

C: Ben Jones

RG: Nate Davis

RT: David Quessenberry

TE: Geoff Swaim

FB: Khari Blasingame

RB: Derrick Henry

This group is so talented that you just have to imagine what they could have done if this group had made it healthy until at least midseason.

I’ll talk more about the players that replaced the starters on the next page, but it is important to keep in mind that Taylor Lewan is still recovering from an ACL injury and hasn’t been right all season. He has struggled to keep his feet underneath him as a run blocker and in pass protection and while the good news is that the athleticism seems to still be intact, the coordination is taking some time.

Josh Reynolds didn’t crack the lineup as a starter, but again you have to wonder what would have happened if he was able to stay healthy in the preseason and if he was on the roster now. Would the Titans have beaten the Houston Texans if Josh Reynolds was on the field instead of Dez Fitzpatrick?

Starting defense

EDGE: Harold Landry

DL: Jeffery Simmons

DL: Larrell Murchison

DL: Teair Tart

EDGE: Bud Dupree

LB: Jayon Brown

LB: Rashan Evans

CB: Jackrabbit Jenkins

CB: Kristian Fulton

SCB: Elijah Molden

S: Kevin Byard

S: Amani Hooker

People forget that to start the season Tart and Murchison both played more snaps than Denico Autry. Even the healthy version of this group wasn’t healthy.

Another place that shows up is at linebacker where David Long started the season banged up. It is hard to say whether he would have gotten the starting job without the injuries to Jayon Brown and/or Rashaan Evans, but he has certainly earned it and never looked back.