5 Players Who May End Up on Tennessee Titans Practice Squad in 2014
It hasn't been a complete overhaul for the Tennessee Titans roster since Ken Whisenhunt became head coach back in January, but it's pretty close.
Whisenhunt has the tall order of implementing a new offense and defense with a roster that is largely new to the Titans.
There are a lot of new faces who will be under the gun in training camp to prove they deserve a spot on the Week 1 roster. These same new faces will also challenge players who were on the Titans last season.
Expect a very exciting Titans training camp full of plenty of position battles, like cornerback and wide receiver.
Here are five players you need to know about who are on the fast track to the Titans practice squad when the regular season is finally upon us.
Antonio Andrews has a tough hill to climb with so many running backs on the Titans roster. His main competition will be Jackie Battle, and I'm not sure he has enough to leapfrog such a powerful runner.
The Titans are already set with Bishop Sankey and Dexter McCluster as their two primary running backs, and Shonn Greene will most likely still make the team due to his veteran experience.
That doesn't leave much room for Andrews, but he is getting the opportunity to see more reps with Greene's absence due to lingering injuries.
Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.com said in an online chat that Andrews' chances are "slim" to make the 53-man roster unless he has a really strong showing at training camp.
Andrews has a lot of talent as an all-around back, and I could see him eventually working his way up to the roster. However, he's a prime candidate for the practice squad to start the 2014 regular season. There are just too many other names ahead of him on the depth chart.
Tyler Wilson was signed by the Titans back in December, and he's a perfect fit for the Tennessee practice squad right now. It comes down to what happens with Jake Locker this season to know what's going to happen with the rest of the quarterbacks on the roster.
There's no way Wilson is jumping ahead of Charlie Whitehurst or Zach Mettenberger, and the Titans aren't going to reserve four roster spots for quarterbacks.
Wilson does have Ken Whisenhunt's attention, according to Titans beat writer Terry McCormick.
Whisenhunt said he is intrigued by Tyler Wilson, and has seen some things he likes.
— Terry McCormick (@terrymc13)
It looks like Wilson will have to continue his NFL career on the practice squad until room is cleared up for him on the depth chart in 2015. If the Titans are forced to turn to Mettenberger as their starter next offseason, then Wilson could earn himself a roster spot as long as he continues to make progress.
Collin Mooney currently has a firm spot on the roster bubble due mainly to Jackie Battle. Both of these guys offer value to the Titans in terms of being power runners who can see snaps at fullback.
The Titans already cut Quinn Johnson, who was the team's primary fullback last season.
Mooney only offers the Titans value as a fullback. He's not going to see any time at running back if he makes the roster. With roster spots being so coveted, it's hard to see the Titans making room for Mooney. He's a nice story, but his ceiling is the practice squad in a Titans uniform.
Despite Tommie Campbell's undeniable athleticism, he just hasn't been able to break through as an NFL starter. The departure of Alterraun Verner gives him a chance to prove himself, but he'll have to beat out Blidi Wreh-Wilson and Coty Sensabaugh to earn a starting role.
Campbell will have to really prove himself in training camp to jump ahead of either of those guys, per Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean.
The drafting of Marqueston Huff doesn't help Campbell's cause, and it leads me to believe that the Titans aren't high on Campbell moving forward.
It would be hard to see Campbell's athleticism go to the practice squad, but that's probably where he's heading for in 2014. He hasn't given the new Titans coaching staff any reason to keep him on the 53-man roster.
The Titans are currently loaded with bodies at linebacker, which is a good problem to have. Colin McCarthy is a guy I could see on the outside looking in when Week 1 finally gets here.
McCarthy is going to have a tough time beating out the likes of Zaviar Gooden, who has a ton of upside heading into his second NFL season. Gooden was a solid special teams contributor last season.
With McCarthy's injury history, I think he'll have to prove himself once again without having a roster spot. It's unfortunate, but the numbers just aren't in his favor with the surplus of linebackers that the Titans have right now. It doesn't help that McCarthy really doesn't fit into a 3-4 hybrid defense that Ray Horton is installing.