Rookie, Undrafted Free-Agent Watch for Tennessee Titans Training Camp

Chad MintonCorrespondent IJuly 17, 2013

Rookie, Undrafted Free-Agent Watch for Tennessee Titans Training Camp

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    Inexperience is still a common theme for the Tennessee Titans even after some of the free-agent signings they made during the offseason.

    The rookies and undrafted free agents will have great opportunities to make significant impacts this season for the Titans, depending on a few factors.

    Simply making the 53-man roster will be the key for the undrafted free agents, but many of the rookies have the chance to start Week 1 with impressive training camp performances.

    Here is a status report on what is happening with some key rookies and undrafted free agents here in the middle of July.



Justin Hunter

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    It's been kind of a rough start for Justin Hunter as he injured his hamstring at the very beginning of OTAs, and that had to be concerning for the Titans.

    It concerned them so much they kept Hunter out longer than they probably had to just to be safe.

    Hunter finally got to start practicing toward the end of June, but he'll need to have a productive training camp to make up for some lost time.

    The Titans are extremely deep at wide receiver, and Hunter could really put this offense on another level if he has a big rookie season.




Brian Schwenke

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    The Titans haven't ever been able to find a center to replace what Kevin Mawae brought to the table. Brian Schwenke is still just a rookie, but he will be battling in training camp to be the starting center in Week 1.

    Schwenke has all of the leadership qualities you want in your center, and he's displaying them at such as early part in his career.

    Drafting Chance Warmack and signing Andy Levitre might have been the spotlight additions for the offensive line, but don't lose sight of Schwenke. At least by early accounts, he's going to be fun to watch.

Rashad Ross

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    Rashad Ross is an undrafted free agent out of Arizona State who brings a ton of speed to the table. The Titans will take a hard look at him for that simple reason.

    Ross ran a 4.37 on the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.

    It will be tough for Ross to find a spot on the team due to how crowded the receiver position his, but his crazy speed will give him a chance to earn a spot.

    Ross could bring another dimension to the Titans offense even if he doesn't see the field that often. His speed can change the scoreboard in a few seconds whenever he's on the field. Keep an eye on him in training camp.

Chance Warmack

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    Chance Warmack could very well end up being the face of the franchise within a few seasons. He's that good of a player.

    The Titans offensive line was in shambles toward the end of last season, and that played a big part into the 6-10 record.

    Warmack is impressing coaches so far this offseason. He's going to make Jake Locker's life a lot easier than it was in 2012.

    Coaches have noted his attitude as one of the biggest things that makes him ready for the NFL.

    For the Titans to improve from a dismal 6-10 record, the pass protection has to get better. Warmack looks to be part of the answer so far.

Jack Doyle

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    Jack Doyle had an amazing career in the Sun Belt Conference, but that's worlds apart from NFL competition.

    For Doyle to make the 53-man roster, he's going to have to prove his value as a receiver.

    The Titans already have two outstanding blocking tight ends with Delanie Walker and Craig Stevens. These two guys are locked in as the top two tight ends for the Titans.

    The only way Doyle makes the team is by jumping over Taylor Thompson as the third choice at tight end, and that could certainly end up happening.

    Doyle has impressed coaches with his balance at the position to this point, and a strong training camp performance could easily earn him a spot on the team.

    At the very worst, Doyle is a practice squad guy who could eventually make a name for himself. 

Blidi Wreh-Wilson

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    What makes Wreh-Wilson so valuable is his ability to play man coverage and play physical.

    The Titans needed that in a desperate way last season when they stumbled to a pass defense ranking of 26th in the NFL.

    Wreh-Wilson still has a lot to learn as a rookie, but training camp will put a lot of pieces together for this former standout out of Connecticut.

    Coaches like what he brings to the table from what they've seen so far, and training camp will reveal even more about if he's truly ready to be a starter in the NFL as a rookie.

    It's looking like Jason McCourty and Tommie Campbell are the lead candidates for being starters in Week 1.

    With that said, don't be surprised if Wreh-Wilson has a strong training camp and starts opposite of McCourty in Week 1 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.