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Tennessee Titans Roster Breakdown in 2020

| September 6, 2020 1:52 am PDT
Tennessee Titans Roster Breakdown in 2020

After making it all the way to the AFC title game, Tennessee had all sorts of momentum heading into the offseason. The problem is turning Ryan Tannehill into one of the league’s richest quarterbacks left the organization short on funds to disperse to the rest of the players.

As a result, they couldn’t afford to resign Logan Ryan and ended up gift-wrapping Jurrell Casey to the Broncos for a seventh-round pick.

And it gets worse.

Mike Vrabel had to wave goodbye to Jack Conklin and Dion Lewis, on top of letting Delanie Walker and Cameron Wake walk.

To be frank, the Tennessee Titans’ depth chart has a fair number of holes for a team coming off a “Final Four” appearance.

Take a look for yourself.

*Names in bold denotes player is a starter

Titans Quarterback Depth Chart

  • Ryan Tannehill
  • Logan Woodside
  • Cole McDonald

The pressure is on Ryan Tannehill to back up his stellar performance in 2019. Not only does he have to justify his massive $118 million contract, but Marcus Mariota is now in Sin City, leaving the Titans with a couple of unproven backups.

In fact, neither Logan Woodside nor Cole McDonald has ever attempted a pass in the NFL.

Titans Running Back Depth Chart

  • Derrick Henry
  • Darrynton Evans
  • Dalyn Dawkins
  • Karhi Blasingame
  • Senorise Perry
  • Cameron Scarlett
  • Shaun Williams

The Titans RB depth chart is in terrific hands.

Derrick Henry bullied his way past the competition in 2019 and is firmly ensconced as one of the best running backs in the NFL. Dion Lewis signing a deal with the Giants might actually be a blessing in disguise as it opens up opportunities for rookie Darrynton Evans to make some noise.

Titans Wide Receiver Depth Chart

  • A.J. Brown
  • Corey Davis
  • Adam Humphries
  • Trevion Thompson
  • Cody Hollister
  • Kalif Raymond
  • Kyle Williams
  • Nick Westbrook
  • Cameron Batson
  • Kristian Wilkerson
  • Rashard Davis
  • Mason Kinsey 

Adam Humphries is an adequate slot receiver but nothing more. Corey Davis was drafted 5th overall in 2017 but is still waiting to fully develop.

However, as underwhelming as the Titans’ receiving corps is as a whole is about how enthusiastic the coaching staff is about A.J. Brown’s abilities. As is a former 6x Pro Bowl receiver.

I’ll skip the expletives, but the summary of Chad Johnson’s tweet is that he suspects 1,500+ receiving yards from Brown in 2020.

Titans Tight End Depth Chart

  • Jonnu Smith
  • Anthony Firkser
  • MyCole Pruitt
  • Cole Herdman
  • Tommy Hudson
  • Parker Hesse

Looking for a sleeper tight end in fantasy football? Look no further than Titans TE Jonnu Smith.

35 catches for 439 yards and 3 touchdowns in 2019 doesn’t shoot off the page. A more substantial role in Tennessee’s passing attack in the upcoming season is to be expected, and he has no competition to speak of.

Delanie Walker wasn’t re-signed, and the Titans didn’t draft any tight ends. Anthony Firkser may chip in a bit here and there, although MyCole Pruitt will be used almost exclusively as a blocker.

Titans Offensive Line Depth Chart

Position Starter Backup Third String
Left Tackle Taylor Lewan David Quessenberry Brandon Kemp
Left Guard Rodger Saffold Daniel Munyer Zac Kerin
Center Ben Jones Jamil Douglas Aaron Brewer
Right Guard Nate Davis Avery Gennesy
Right Tackle Dennis Kelly Isaiah Wilson Ty Sambrailo

Tennessee returns four of five starters on what was an exceptional offensive line in 2019. The issue is that the guy they lost, Jack Conklin, was probably the best of the bunch.

Dennis Kelly gets thrust into a starting role on the right side of the line, but that likely won’t last long. 2020 first-round selection Isaiah Wilson arrives from Georgia as 6’6” 350-pound potential franchise tackle.

Titans Defensive Line Depth Chart

Defensive End Defensive Tackle
Jeffery Simmons DaQuan Jones
Matt Dickerson Jack Crawford
Amani Bledsoe Larrell Murchison
Jordan Williams
Joey Ivie IV
Isaiah Mack
Kobe Smith
Teair Tart

Tennessee runs a 3-4 scheme that utilizes outside linebackers (as opposed to defensive ends) to apply the bulk of the pressure on the quarterback. And it’s a pretty efficient one at that.

Fully recovered from the torn ACL he sustained during a pre-draft workout, Jeffery Simmons is ready to break out. DaQuan Jones is back to clog up the trenches, while Larrell Murchison is an intriguing rookie versatile enough to plug in anywhere up front.

Titans Linebacker Depth Chart

Position Starter Backup Third String Fourth String
OLB Harold Landry D’Andre Walker Derrick Roberson Khaylan Kearse-Thomas
ILB Rashaan Evans David Long Jr. Nigel Harris
ILB Jayon Brown Nick Dzubnar Cale Garrett
OLB Vic Beasley Reggie Gilbert Kamalei Correa Josh Smith

The only significant free-agent acquisition (on paper) for Tennessee in 2020 was outside linebacker Vic Beasley. The former Falcons edge rusher doesn’t single-handedly transform the Titans depth chart, but he certainly gives it some oomph.

Middle linebackers Rashaan Evans and Jayon Brown amassed over 100 tackles apiece, and you can argue Harold Landry is the most complete LB on this squad.

In terms of depth, the Titans are optimistic about D’Andre Walker’s potential in 2020.

Titans Cornerback Depth Chart

  • Malcolm Butler
  • Adoree’ Jackson
  • Kristian Fulton
  • Jonathan Joseph
  • Chris Milton
  • Kenneth Durden
  • Ibraheim Campbell
  • Tye Smith
  • Chris Jackson 

Let’s not beat around the bush. The loss of Logan Ryan is going to sting. A burden has been placed directly on Malcolm Butler and Adoree’ Jackson to take on more responsibility.

Perhaps the saving grace is that Kristian Fulton — the LSU cornerback projected by many to be a first-round pick — fell into Tennessee’s lap late in round two. Jonathan Joseph spent the last nine seasons in Houston, and while no longer elite, he can at least serve as a mentor.

Titans Safety Depth Chart

  • Kenny Vaccaro
  • Kevin Byard
  • Dane Cruikshank
  • Amani Hooker
  • Kareem Orr
  • Joshua Kalu

The Titans’ depth chart at the safety position isn’t deep; however, the two guys at the top can most definitely be trusted. Kevin Byard has racked up 17 interceptions over the last three years, including a league-leading 8 picks in 2017.

Kenny Vaccaro played 96% of the snaps in 2019 and covers a ton of ground for a guy who collected 84 tackles. 

Titans Special Teams Depth Chart

Kicker Punter Long Snapper Holder Punt Returner Kick Returner
Greg Joseph, Tucker McCann Brett Kern Beau Brinkley Ryan Tannehill Adam Humphries Kalif Raymond

It’s difficult to find the appropriate adjectives to describe just how revolting the Titans’ kicking game was last year. Of the 32 teams in the National Football League, 31 of them made at least 19 field goals and converted at least 67.9% of their kicks.

The Titans made 8, and their accuracy was an appalling 44.4%.

The trio that contributed to this debacle (Cairo Santos, Cody Parkey, Ryan Succop) is all gone, leaving the starting job up for grabs between Greg Joseph and Tucker McCann. 

Titans Roster Analysis

  • Grade: B-

Just like their division rivals in Houston, the Tennessee Titans roster gets a B- on their 2020 preseason report card. When you study this Titans depth chart compared to the one in 2019, Tennessee lost more than they gained.

Jurrell Casey and Logan Ryan added a ton of value both on the field and in the locker room, and the absence of Jack Conklin is a bigger deal than one might think.

Betting on the Tennessee Titans in 2020

A berth in the AFC Championship game hasn’t deterred the leading football sportsbooks online from pumping the brakes on Tennessee’s outlook. The Titans aren’t even favored to win their division and are nothing more than an addendum when it comes to the list of the AFC contenders.

Whether you’re interested in backing or fading the team in Nashville, here are a few ways to get some money down.

Michael Wynn
Michael Wynn

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