The Titans have rebuilt their offensive line and clearly plan on running the ball a lot in 2013. With a powerful running game, the defense should see less of the field, Jake Locker will have less pressure on him, and the priorities on defense could shift.
Hopefully, the 2013 Titans will look as different from their 2012 version as they seem to do on paper. If that's the case, expect last year's guys to put up some different stats.
Shifting roles might mean one player has more sacks but fewer tackles. A receiver might have more total yards but fewer touchdowns.
Read on for my predictions of the stat lines of every statistically significant player in 2013.
3,600 yards passing, 27 TDs, 16 INTs, 56% completion; 600 yards rushing, 4 TDs
Locker has looked sharp this preseason, but don't expect him to set any records. The Titans will be running the ball a lot. That will mean fewer passes from Locker overall, not to mention way more running in the red-zone.
1,500 yards rushing, 10 TDs; 280 yards receiving, 2 TDs
850 yards rushing, 6 TDs; 100 yards receiving, 2 TDs
200 yards rushing, 2 TDs
Expect to see a lot of rushing from the Titans in 2013. Johnson will see the bulk of the carries, but Greene and Battle will steal some touchdowns from him in short-yardage situations.
600 yards receiving, 3 TDs
800 yards receiving, 3 TDs
540 yards receiving, 4 TDs
220 yards receiving, 2 TDs
260 yards receiving, 3 TDs
Britt and Wright should have statistically similar years. Britt is the biggest deep threat on the team but has unreliable hands, while Wright will see a lot more completions but few end-zone targets because of his height.
However, with Britt's injury history, I think he's unlikely to play the full season.
No receiver is going to have a lot of touchdowns, since dropped passes seem to be an issue for many of them.
350 yards receiving, 4 TDs
400 yards receiving, 3 TDs
130 yards receiving
The tight end situation is hard to sort out. Walker may miss some time in the regular season, which would mean fewer passes for him and more for Thompson and Stevens. The tight ends as a group ought to see a lot of end-zone targets because of their height advantage and better hands.
50 tackles, 4 sacks, 6 tackles for loss, 3 forced fumbles
35 tackles, 5 sacks, 5 tackles for loss, 1 forced fumble
30 tackles, 1 sack, 2 tackles for loss, 2 defended passes
15 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 1 tackle for loss
Casey has been getting better and better and has looked great in training camp. There's no reason to think he won't have another good year.
Martin had a great rookie campaign, and hopefully he'll keep building on that going forward. Hill will be a run stuffer, but with his height he can also interfere with the passing game.
Klug will likely continue to specialize as an interior pass rusher.
55 total tackles, 10 sacks, 12 tackles for loss, 6 passes defended, 2 forced fumbles
30 total tackles, 6 sacks, 2 tackles for loss, 4 passes defended
30 tackles, 4 sacks, 6 tackles for loss
I expect Morgan to have a similar season to 2012, but he should be in the backfield more with some lost weight—resulting in more sacks and tackles for loss.
Wimbley will improve his technique now that he has a full year of 4-3 end under his belt, but age and less playing time will slow him down.
Edwards has looked great for a rookie and should contribute significantly.
80 tackles, 11 sacks, 4 tackles for loss, 10 passes defended, 2 INTs
75 tackles, 6 sacks, 8 tackles for loss, 10 passes defended, 5 INTs
50 tackles, 2 sacks, 4 tackles for loss, 4 passes defended
30 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 1 pass defended
Ayers and Brown are going to become one of the most feared duos of linebackers in the NFL this season—if not the most feared. Ayers will be rushing the passer more, so he'll have fewer total tackles than in 2012 but more sacks.
Fokou and McCarthy will likely end up splitting time at middle linebacker. McCarthy is clearly the better player, but he just can't stay healthy.
65 tackles, 15 passes defended, 5 INTs, 4 tackles for loss, 2 forced fumbles
45 tackles, 7 passes defended, 3 INTs, 2 sacks, 3 tackles for loss, 2 forced fumbles
30 tackles, 4 passes defended, 1 INT
35 tackles, 6 passes defended, 2 INTs
20 tackles, 2 passes defended
McCourty will have a similar stat line to 2012. So will Verner because he'll spend time in the slot, on the outside opposite McCourty and in the nickel.
The outside spot opposite McCourty will end up being a revolving door. Right now, the two players vying for it are Verner and Campbell. However, I don't think Campbell will be able to keep it, meaning Wreh-Wilson and Verner will play the position a little as well.
60 tackles, 4 passes defended, 2 INTs, 2 forced fumbles
70 tackles, 4 passes defended, 3 INTs, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble
40 tackles, 5 passes defended, 1 INT, 1 tackle for loss
Pollard is a liability in coverage, which means he won't see the field nearly as much as Griffin.
Griffin ought to have slightly fewer tackles with the defense on the field less often, but otherwise, his 2013 statistics should be similar to 2012.
Wilson will see most of his playing time in three-safety packages and on passing downs, so he'll have the fewest tackles of the group.