Depth is sometimes the name of the game in the NFL. For the Titans, their depth undoubtedly increased during this off-season.
These rankings are based on the depth at every position, not the top-end talent. It’s a combination of the number of quality starters and backups on the roster. That’s why running back won’t be at the top, and some other slots may surprise you. Basically, how much confidence can coaches and fans have in each unit in the case of injuries?
1. Wide Receiver
This is a shoo-in. There’s no other choice when a team has both A.J. Brown and Julio Jones, along with a plethora of solid options for WR3-WR6. Chester Rogers, Marcus Johnson, and Josh Reynolds are all safe veterans, and both Cameron Batson and Nick Westbrook-Ikhine can make plays on offense and special teams.
The footwork and hands from @titans WR Cam Batson 🔥
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) August 28, 2021
2. Defensive Line
A bit shocking? Yes – in a positive way. The addition of Bud Dupree improves the pass-rush immensely. Plus, Teair Tart and Denico Autry have emerged as new pieces for the line. Rookie EDGE Rashad Weaver had arguably the best preseason of any Titans defender, too. Not to mention, Big Jeff in the middle elevates the play of any depth players.
This is the perfect example of having a lot of good, maybe not great, options. When it comes to depth, sometimes that’s how it has to work. Young guys like Kristian Fulton and Elijah Molden have been impressive throughout camp and the preseason. Jackrabbit Jenkins looks like a veteran, and Breon Borders has shown more flashes of impactful play. Caleb Farley may take some time coming off of injury, but the pure ability is phenomenal for a guy at his spot on the depth chart.
#Titans totally reworked edge corner this offseason
EDGE: Bud Dupree, Harold Landry, Rashad Weaver
CB: Caleb Farley, Janoris Jenkins, Kristian Fulton, Elijah Molden
Very different looking groups in 2021 (obviously a good thing)
— Mike Herndon (@MikeMiracles) May 1, 2021
Number four and five on this list are pretty interchangeable. The starters at safety are better than at linebacker and provide more upside on special teams. Amani Hooker’s versatility also helped this unit grab this spot. Elijah Molden could see time at safety, which also boosts the defensive depth there. Dane Cruikshank is very experienced on ST as well.
The emergence of LB David Long Jr. is what made the race for four even closer. He made some eye-popping plays in the preseason and looks to be a great option at LB3 for the Titans. Behind him though, there is a lot of unknown in players like Jan Johnson and Monty Rice.
Logan Woodside is the essence of being “fine” at backup QB. The reality is that if Ryan Tannehill goes down, the offense would take a step back. That would go for almost any NFL offense, though. It could be better, but the investment isn’t worth it.
7. Running Back
The RB position behind Derrick Henry continues to be a bit of a mystery. Darrynton Evans is dealing with another injury to open the season, but Mekhi Sargent looked like a good option in the preseason. There isn’t a lot of proven talent on the depths of the roster here regardless, but there’s some intrigue still.
Mekhi Sargent continues his impressive preseason play.
— Tennessee Titans (@Titans) August 28, 2021
8. Offensive Line
This one is what may scare Titans fans the most. The best depth option for the OL is arguably rookie Dillon Radunz due to his versatility at guard and tackle. Other than that, Daniel Munyer isn’t exciting as the backup center. RT is still undecided as well as a trio of veterans battle it out in Lamm, Quessenberry, and Sambrailo. The upside of the starters helps this not be last, though.
9. Tight End
This one was tough because I think Anthony Firkser can be a viable starting option at TE for this offense. There are so many mouths to feed that his balanced approach may fit his role. Geoff Swaim is a veteran, but he won’t provide much at all in the passing game. Tommy Hudson doesn’t move the needle. This ranking doesn’t mean that TE will compromise the offense much, but the lack of upside and depth there is clear.
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