As I did last offseason (and the year before), I decided it would be a useful macro-level overview of where the Titans stand as they head into free agency in terms of holes on the depth chart. For purposes of this post, I will be using a sort of hypothetical version of the depth chart based on what might have been if everybody was healthy.
Holes Filled Since the End of the Regular Season
RB-3: At least, I hope that's what they see Jackie Battle as.
SS-1: With the retention of Bernard Pollard, the hole that would have been listed here is now no longer present.
DE(b)-1: The other re-signing, Ropati Pitoitua.
I think the depth chart exercise is a useful one, but it is a much more complicated exercise with the sort of regime change the Titans are undergoing. That has not been an issue the previous couple years I've done this, since the Titans were keeping more or less the same basic personnel structure on both offense and defense. Pitoitua probably will still be a DE in Ray Horton's new front seven, and there are still seven front seven positions, but the player groups will not match precisely onto the new scheme. The problem is thinking of the holes that aren't on the depth chart but still exist. I'll list a sort of position here that I think exists as a whole, but it's worth keeping in mind the Titans may see other holes on the depth chart not apparent from looking at a depth chart. Oh, and like last year, I am including in my list of holes players I rate as likely cap cuts.
Remaining Holesno comments