Training camp 2021 is finally here! The Titans are kicking off their training camp Wednesday, 7/28, and with that, we’re going to take a deeper look at the roster and see who’s in camp, what players are a lock to make the final 53, and look a bit at the roster bubble and take some guesses at what players will round out the bottom of the roster. We’re going to break it down into a two-part series, and today’s article is going to look at the Titans’ offense and where they stand going into camp. Strap in!
Players in camp: Ryan Tannehill, DeShone Kizer, Logan Woodside.
No surprise here, these are the three guys that made up the QB room at the end of last season. Unless some sort of big surprise move happens, I’d expect all three of these guys to make the roster, with Kizer and Woodside battling it out for the QB2 spot.
Roster spots: 3; Tannehill, Kizer, Woodside.
Players in camp: Derrick Henry, Darrynton Evans, Jeremy McNichols, Brian Hill, Mekhi Sargent, Khari Blasingame (FB), Troy Carter (FB).
Again, not a lot of surprise at the top. Henry, Evans, and Blasingame should all make the roster, with the real battle here being between McNichols and Hill. Both have been career depth players, and that roster spot will come down to who shows more on special teams during camp. To that end, rookie Troy Carter could sneak his way onto the final 53, depending on how quickly he acclimates to special teams at this level. However, I would expect both Carter and Sargent to catch on the practice squad.
Roster spots: 4; Henry, Blasingame, Evans, McNichols/Hill.
Players in camp: Anthony Firkser, Geoff Swaim, Jared Pinkney, Briley Moore, Miller Forristall, Tommy Hudson.
Two locks at this position, with Firkser and Swaim both playing significant snaps last season. I’d expect one to two more of them to make the roster, most likely Jared Pinkney and rookie Miller Forristall, but any combination of the four remaining wouldn’t surprise me. Out of the guys who don’t make the roster, one to two of them will catch a practice squad spot.
Roster spots: 4; Firkser, Swaim, Pinkney, Forristall.
Players in camp: Julio Jones, AJ Brown, Josh Reynolds, Cameron Batson, Fred Brown, Dez Fitzpatrick, Cody Hollister, Marcus Johnson, Mason Kinsey, Kalija Lipscomb, Racey McMath, Chester Rodgers, Nick Westbrook-Ikhine.
Lots and lots of camp bodies here. There are a couple of guys who are locks here; Julio Jones, AJ Brown, and Josh Reynolds. I also think Cam Batson has a very good shot at the roster, as there isn’t another player with his skillset in the WR room. That leaves a potential one to two more spots and a lot of guys to fight for those.
As highly as Dez Fitzpatrick was drafted, he will likely have an inside track towards one of the spots, but the last one is anyone’s spot. I think it will come down to Lipscomb, Hollister, and Westbrook-Ikhine, but any one of the other guys could get hot and nab up one of those spots. I’d expect 2-3 PS spots out of this group.
Roster spots: 6; Jones, AJ Brown, Reynolds, Batson, Fitzpatrick, Lipscomb/Hollister/Westbrook-Ikhine.
Players in camp: Aaron Brewer, Ben Jones, Daniel Munyer, Cole Banwart, Adam Coon, Roger Saffold, Nate Davis, Chandon Herring, Elijah Nkansah, David Quessenberry, Kendall Lamm, Paul Adams, Christian DiLauro, Brandon Kemp, Taylor Lewan, Dillon Radunz, Ty Sambrillo.
Another position with lots of bodies to dwindle. Jones, Saffold, Davis, Lewan, and Radunz are complete locks. I also think that the Titans value Brewer’s versatility on the interior, so he’s as close to a lock are you’re going to get.
The seventh spot for the OL is tricky. Sambrillo filled in for Lewan admirably last season, after he went down with an ACL tear. Quessenberry has developed into a fine swing tackle, and the Titans just brought on Kendall Lamm this off-season. The decision between those three is difficult, but I don’t expect more than seven to make the roster. There will be a handful from this group to make the PS as well.
Roster spots: 7; Lewan, Jones, Saffold, Davis, Radunz, Sambrillo, Brewer.
Check back in later in the week for my preview on the defensive side of the ball! If there’s a position that you think I’m leaving someone off, give me a shout on Twitter (@j_noah53) or Facebook and let me know why you think I’m wrong!