Three Titans who raised their stock during minicamp

These three Tennessee Titans players stood out more than others at mandatory minicamp
Tennessee Titans linebacker Rashad Weaver (99) gets ready to take the field to face the Los Angeles Chargers at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn., Sunday, Sept. 17, 2023.
Tennessee Titans linebacker Rashad Weaver (99) gets ready to take the field to face the Los Angeles Chargers at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn., Sunday, Sept. 17, 2023. / Andrew Nelles / / USA

The Tennessee Titans held their final OTA practice ahead of the 2024 seaon on June 11th. That represented the last-ditch opportunity for all players on the 90-man roster to improve their reputation ahead of late July's training camp period. Head coach Brian Callahan, offensive coordinator Nick Holz, and defensive coordinator Dennard Wilson continue sorting through their lineup options on both sides of the ball.

Several second-through-fourth-year players looked bulkier, beefier, and downright more productive. We've compiled a list of Titans players who stood out while embracing the competitive environment that mandatory minicamp and OTAs welcome. These three ascending talents made our list.

Josh Whyle, TE

Josh Whyle flashed TE2 upside last season as a fifth-round rookie before suffering a season-ending injury. His size and dual-threat ability as a pass catcher and blocker is likely to endear itself to Callahan's offensive scheme. Callahan and offensive coordinator Nick Holz are installing a system that will undoubtedly feature DeAndre Hopkins, Calvin Ridley, and Tyler Boyd in 11 personnel as their most utilized grouping.

Whyle is significantly bigger (listed at 6-foot-7 and 248 pounds) than Chig Okonkwo (6-foot-3 and 238 pounds). Playing him ahead of Okonkwo and whoever the TE3 ends up being could allow the Titans to be multiple while effectively running the football from their preferred 11 personnel formation. Whyle could be primed for a breakout campaign.

Rashad Weaver, OLB

Rashad Weaver showed up to mandatory minicamp and OTAs looking faster and more explosive. The Titans lost Denico Autry to free agency this offseason and didn't necessarily replace him with an every-down player. That means Weaver appears to be the clear-cut No. 3 edge defender behind expected starters Harold Landry III and Arden Key.

Weaver played just 240 snaps last season, accounting for less than 21% of all Titans defensive plays. The scheme is different under first-year DC Wilson, but the third-most snapped outside linebacker on the team last season was Key, who earned nearly 500 more snaps than Weaver did. The roster's current construction indicates Weaver is slated to come close to matching (or surpassing) the career-high 640 snaps he played in 2022.

Saahdiq Charles, OG

Saahdiq Charles appears to be leading the three-man race at right guard, placing himself ahead of Daniel Brunskill and Dillon Radunz. Charles struggled in Washington last season. Pro Football Focus credited the former LSU blocker with allowing 37 pressures via 455 pass-blocking snaps.

New offensive line coach Bill Callahan seemingly spotted some untapped potential on film. When the legendary position coach spoke for the first time with Titans media in early May, he hinted that he influenced GM Ran Carthon to sign Charles in free agency. In addition to fitting the size and athletic profile Callahan typically prefers in interior offensive linemen compared to the smaller-framed Radunz and Brunskill, Charles has built-in chemistry with new starting center Lloyd Cushenberry as the pair played together at LSU.