Tennessee Titans OTAs: Latest Player Reports and Analysis
New additions to the team are quickly starting to make their presence known, but returning players are also echoing positive outlooks for the upcoming season.
Here's the latest from Titans OTAs as the dog days of summer approach.
Jake Locker had a rough second season in the NFL, and a lot of that can be attributed to the shoulder injury he suffered early in the season.
With Locker working out at OTAs, the shoulder feels like it did before the injury. That's great news for a Titans team whose success will really hinge on if Locker can show dramatic improvement.
Locker really seemed to play hesitantly at times towards the end of the season, and it led to a lot of inaccurate throws.
The offensive system that is currently being taught to the players is very different from the one Locker was learning at this point last year.
Locker has looked really good so far in OTAs while learning this new system, even though there hasn't been any contact. The fact that there hasn't been even the slightest of setbacks on his shoulder really should help Locker focus on fixing the issues he had last season.
Colin McCarthy was just one of many players on the Titans who was plagued by injuries last season, and he is gradually progressing back to full strength during OTAs.
This defense really needs McCarthy to break out this year and lead this young group of linebackers. When he is 100 percent healthy, he has the ability to transform this defense into a solid one.
McCarthy may not be at full strength just yet, but it's encouraging to know that he's making progress at this early point in the offseason.
Justin Hunter has been working hard during the rookie camps, and OTAs will give Hunter a chance to display the talents that pushed the Titans to move up in the draft to get him.
If Hunter can be productive at OTAs, then he could easily become one of the top threats at wide receiver. He instantly makes the Titans a more vertical offense.
There is also reports from the Titans' official website that Kenny Britt is really taking charge as a veteran to help out the younger receivers like Hunter, and that will be a huge factor into how fast Hunter develops.
It will be interesting to see how good Hunter looks once OTAs get started, and how fast he can possibly make an impact on this offense.
The free-agent additions of Bernard Pollard and George Wilson figure to really help Michael Griffin bounce back in 2013 because he'll get to play his natural position of free safety.
Griffin has to feel rejuvenated with the new additions in the secondary, and that means good things for this defense in 2013.
Don't be surprised if Griffin returns to Pro Bowl form now that he's surrounded by more talent in the secondary. He has looked confident as OTAs approach for the Titans.
Chris Johnson wants the offense to be run more like it was in 2008 when the Titans started 10-0, and a focused offseason from Johnson is very important.
We haven't seen this side of Johnson in a while. Seeing how he looks in OTAs will be something to keep an eye on.
Johnson avoiding the sluggish start he had last season will probably mean a much better start for the Titans as a whole.