With training camp getting underway yesterday, (at last) we'll continue our Tennessee Titans' positional analyses by directing our attention to the defensive side of the football.
The defensive tackle position was certainly an area that generated a lot of attention in 2009. This was mostly due to the free agency departure of Albert Haynesworth and the team's titanic task of replacing his gargantuan presence in the interior of the defensive line.
Replacing "Fat Albert" was anything but an easy task. While Tony Brown stepped up with his best season as a pro, injuries prevented the talented Jason Jones from having a huge impact. Free agent signee Jovan Haye was disappointing to say the least, as he was mostly a non-factor in '09.
Let's take a look at how the Titans should fare at the DT position in 2010.
As we await the start of the Titans' first training camp practice at 3:30 this afternoon, I thought I'd repeat a little exercise I did last year and do my best to predict the final 53-man roster as training camp opens. I believe I got 48 right last year, which was a little disappointing and would like to improve on that mark this year.
The roster on the official site is currently at 82 players. With Damian Williams signing last night and Derrick Morgan probably signing by Monday at the latest (speculation), there need to be two more players to go to get down to the 80-man limit. Hopefully I won't pick any of them...
Next up on our trip around the Titans position by position as we approach the start of the 2010 season is offensive tackle.
It's been true for the past couple seasons and should be true for the next couple seasons as well: barring injury, we know who the Titans' starting left and right tackles will be, and we can have confidence that Michael Roos and David Stewart are probably going to be pretty good. The bad news is, well, that barring injury caveat.
Draft Day 2010 ushered in the arrival of several new members of the Tennessee Titans.
The majority of the picks (6 of 9) were devoted towards addressing needs on the defensive side of the football. First-round DE Derrick Morgan was added to replenish the cupboard left a bit bare due to the departures of veterans Kyle Vanden Bosch and Jevon Kearse. Another pressing need (PR/KR) was taken care of via the selections of 3rd rounder Damian Williams and Marc Mariani in the 7th round.
As we approach the start of training camp, let's take a look at the rookies who will have the best chance of having an impact during their inaugural seasons as Tennessee Titans.