No. 1 Titans player that could be benched with a poor training camp
The Titans were going to give sophomore Nicholas Petit-Frere a chance to prove he could be the long-term answer at right tackle after starting 16 games last year. However, he threw a curveball to the team's plans when he was suspended for four games for betting on NFL games.
Petit-Frere might still get that opportunity once he serves his suspension but the Titans will cross that bridge at due time. For the time being, they need to find who can fill in for Petit-Frere for the first four games of the season. Jamarco Jones might have been a candidate had not been for a couple of ejections during practice.
Tennessee wasn't going to stand for Jones' lack of focus. They decided they had seen enough of him and released him. With Jones no longer in the mix, the coaching staff could roll with Chris Hubbard, who joined the Titans before training camp started. Before the front office inked Hubbard, the front office brought in George Fant for a visit but it looks like they felt more comfortable with the former.
This isn't to say that Hubbard is the answer at right tackle. Simply, the Titans don't seem to have any better options. An undrafted free agent in 2013, Hubbard has suited up for the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cleveland Browns and played 85 games with 49 starts over the last nine years.
Last season, Hubbard sustained a triceps injury in the opener that forced him to miss several games. Now, he'll be tasked to hold the fort during Petit-Frere's absence. Having said that, it's not a given that he'll be in the starting lineup in Week 1. If he fails to show out in training camp, the Titans' brass may feel tempted to go with rookie Jaelyn Duncan, who has yet to play a snap but could end up having more upside.