Tennessee Titans: 6 Players Feeling the Most Pressure Heading into Camp

Chad MintonCorrespondent IMay 16, 2013

Tennessee Titans: 6 Players Feeling the Most Pressure Heading into Camp

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    With the start of the regular season still over three months away, you can still bet that some players are feeling the pressure more than others during this offseason.

    The Tennessee Titans have plenty of those types of players considering all of the moves the front office made to fix what was a disaster in 2012.

    You can make educated guesses all you want on who will field the Week 1 starting roster, but a lot is still yet to be determined.

    Here are six players that are feeling the heat as summer approaches.

Jake Locker

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    Jake Locker failed to meet most people's expectations in his second NFL season, even though it was his first full season as a starter.

    The pressure is really on Locker now that the team around him has gotten significantly better, with the offensive line being the biggest upgrade.

    Locker should have a lot more time to move through his progressions and make smart throws now that Chance Warmack and Andy Levitre will be giving him solid pass protection.

    Then you have the addition of Justin Hunter at wide receiver, who will give Locker yet another weapon at wide receiver.

    It's really do-or-die time for Locker this season as a starter for the Titans. After all, the Titans didn't bring in Ryan Fitzpatrick in free agency just to ride the bench all season no matter how bad things get.

    Locker probably has about four or five games to get things going in the right direction for this team then he'll get moved aside for Fitzpatrick.

Kenny Britt

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    Kenny Britt is probably down to his last chance to get it right in a Titans uniform. If he does decide to keep his priorities on the football field, then it could mean great things for this Titans offense.

    That still doesn't change the fact that the Titans felt a need to trade up in the draft to get the dynamic Justin Hunter to possibly be a replacement for Britt in the future.

    The Titans are no longer thin at wide receiver like they were when Britt first started getting into trouble. In some ways the Titans were somewhat at his mercy because he was the only legitimate threat at the position.

    That's simply not the case anymore.

    Britt has to have a Pro Bowl-type season if he's going to continue to be a focal point moving forward. He has to have a strong showing to justify keeping him around.

Derrick Morgan

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    Some may have forgotten that Derrick Morgan was a first-round draft pick of the Titans back in 2010, and he's shown only minor glimpses to justify that pick.

    The Titans drafted Lavar Edwards out of LSU, and he's not expected to be a starter right out of the gate. He could definitely take plenty of snaps from Morgan if he plays well and Morgan continues to be average.

    Edwards may not have been a starter at LSU, but that doesn't necessarily mean that he wasn't worthy of that role. After all, that LSU defense was loaded with talent.

    Morgan needs to start earning his starting role and help turn this Titans pass rush around. Only 10.5 sacks in three seasons just isn't going to cut it anymore.

Alterraun Verner

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    Alterraun Verner isn't facing pressure to keep a roster spot, but he's certainly going to get some pressure from Blidi Wreh-Wilson at cornerback.

    Wreh-Wilson has the speed and length to develop into a very solid NFL cornerback with a little development.

    As for Verner, he's been a little inconsistent as of late. There's times when he looks like a shutdown corner, and other times he looks lost out there.

    Verner could end up losing a lot of playing time to Wreh-Wilson this season.

Markelle Martin

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    Markelle Martin hasn't even seen the field yet in a Titans uniform, and suddenly the safety position looks pretty loaded.

    The Titans also drafted Daimion Stafford, which means that Martin has a lot to prove in training camp if he's going to ever play a down in a Titans uniform despite being drafted just one season ago.

    Martin was drafted in the sixth round in 2012 before getting his knee scoped last July.

Chris Johnson

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    Chris Johnson may be the biggest offensive threat the Titans have, but that doesn't mean that he's not facing some major pressure with the arrival of Shonn Greene.

    Even though it's still Johnson's job to lose, he still has to perform at a much more consistent level than he did last season.

    On far too many occasions, Johnson was basically a ghost out on the field, leaving Jake Locker to carry an offense that he clearly wasn't ready to carry.

    If Johnson struggles out of the gate like he did at the start of last season, then Greene will start seeing plenty of Johnson's snaps. Greene has already proven to be a reliable workhorse in the running game.