The Tennessee Titans were mediocre in 2012, posting a 6-10 season. Jake Locker became the starting quarterback but had his share of struggles with injuries and consistency. After a brutal start to the season, Chris Johnson woke up and managed to rush for over 1,200 yards.
The Titans made some minor moves during the offseason, bringing in Ryan Fitzpatrick to back up Locker and Shonn Greene to spell Johnson. They also acquired guard Andy Levitre and Delanie Walker, who has an excellent shot at the starting tight end job.
Defensively, the Titans had an extreme makeover, bringing in a ton of depth guys like linemen Ropati Pitoitua, Sammie Lee Hill, linebacker Greg Jones, and safeties George Wilson and Bernard Pollard. Of those players, Pollard is likely to make the biggest impact on the field.
The Titans used the 10th overall pick in the draft on offensive guard Chance Warmack and drafted another wide receiver, Justin Hunter, in the second round.
Tennessee's offense was below-average last season, ranking 22nd in passing yards, 21st in rushing yards while scoring only 20.6 points per game.
Locker was disappointing in his second season in Tennessee and had a hard time staying on the field. Locker threw for 2,176 yards, 10 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, numbers which don't meet the hype associated with the eighth overall pick in 2011.
Johnson has become more of a home-run hitter as his career has gone on, which is why the Titans brought in Shonn Greene to eat some of his carries. With the New York Jets, Greene rushed for 1,063 yards and eight scores in 2012.
The wide receiver group is a crowded one, with Nate Washington, Kenny Britt, Kendall Wright, Damian Williams and now Hunter fighting for playing time. When he is healthy and out of trouble, Britt is Tennessee's most talented receiver, but he has played in only 17 games over the last two seasons combined.
It's tough to say who is to blame for Tennessee's passing game woes, but my vote is Locker, simply because of his rocky play and injury issues. Locker has plenty of upside, but 2013 could be a do-or-die year for him.
The Titans have some nice pieces on defense, but the puzzle is still incomplete. Akeem Ayers and Zach Brown both recorded over 90 tackles in 2012, and Tennessee had one of the top pass rushes in the league (39 sacks).
Jason McCourty and Alterraun Verner are two developing cornerbacks who combined for 24 passes defensed and six interceptions last year. Michael Griffin is a good free safety who will benefit from having Pollard next to him.
Kamerion Wimbley and Derrick Morgan combined for 12.5 sacks last season and are two solid defensive ends. The weak spot on the Titans defense is in the middle. Jurrell Casey was a decent defensive tackle on the right side, but Sammie Lee Hill must fill the void on the left side to solidify the line.
The other major question is at middle linebacker. Colin McCarthy will likely start Week 1, but former Colt Moise Fokou will be breathing down his neck for the starting job. If McCarthy and Hill can be productive, Tennessee could have a nasty front seven.
Tennessee's defense has a lot of talented players, but it underachieved in 2012. If third-year coach Mike Munchak and his staff can coach up this unit, it could have a breakout season in 2013.
The Titans are a mixed bag. There is a lot to like, especially on defense, but a lot to cringe at, specifically on offense.
Locker will be under the microscope in his third, and most pivotal, season as a Titan. Although Chris Johnson is more of a home-run threat than anything else, he still has the speed to rush for 1,500 yards. Greene will likely take away a bulk of Johnson's red-zone carries, but this combo could do very well if the offensive line improves.
There is plenty of potential among the wide receivers, but none of them have yet had that breakout season. Maybe Hunter is the guy, but it's one of the tougher corps to figure out in the entire league.
I really like Tennesse's defense this year. Ayers and Brown are emerging stars, while McCourty, Verner, Pollard, Morgan and Wimbley are great pieces as well. McCarthy and Hill will need to plug up the middle, which is a glaring weakness on the front seven.
Tennessee just isn't there yet. The potential is piling up at the quarterback and the wide receiver position, but whether it is fulfilled is another question. Right now, I don't see Jake Locker as the guy, which means the Titans probably won't be in the playoff hunt.