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Bold Prediction No. 1: Jake Locker is Opening Day Starter
There is nothing wrong with Matt Hasselbeck. In fact, he exceeded everyone's expectations last year and showed that he is still a capable starting quarterback in this league.
The problem with the Tennessee Titans is that it simply doesn't make sense to leave Locker on the bench for another full year. This is assuming, of course, that Locker is ready to be a starting quarterback, but all signs point to that being the case.
Look for Locker to win the starting job late in the preseason and open the 2012 season as starting quarterback for the Titans.
Bold Prediction No. 2: Chris Johnson Struggles to Gain 1,000 Yards
I'm not saying that he won't gain 1,000 rushing yards, I'm just saying that it won't be easy for him. He barely reached 1,000 yards last year and averaged a career low of only four yards per carry.
The big reason that Johnson will struggle to reach the century mark this year is because of his backups, Javon Ringer and Jamie Harper. Both are talented players, and if Johnson starts out slowly again this year like he did last year, the Titans will likely begin shuffling carries off to Ringer and Harper.
If that happens, it will be nearly impossible for Johnson to live up to his new nickname, CJ1K.
Bold Prediction No. 3: Derrick Morgan Makes the Pro Bowl
Few defensive players are as physically and athletically gifted as Morgan is for the Titans. He is an absolute freak of nature at defensive end.
However, injuries have gotten the best of him in his first two years in the league, and he is now entering a make-or-break year for the Titans. He simply has too much potential to not make a big impact this year with the end result being a trip to the Pro Bowl.