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Through April 20, "SportsCenter" will put every NFL team "On The Clock." Scouts Inc. will break down each team and look at what questions still need answering.
Expectations should be high after the Titans finished last season 8-8. Tennessee boasts an impressive corps of young players, including franchise quarterback Vince Young. After inserting Young into the starting lineup, the Titans won eight of their final 11 games, just missing a playoff spot.
Unfortunately, rather than building on the momentum, the Titans have suffered some major hits this offseason, including Adam (Pacman) Jones' latest off-the-field transgression. General manager Floyd Reese resigned in January and was replaced by Mike Reinfeldt. Head coach Jeff Fisher will be on equal footing with Reinfeldt when it comes to making personnel decisions.
The Titans have a strong offensive line, but must replace their primary running back Travis Henry (Denver) and primary receiver Drew Bennett (Rams) from last season. The Titans finished last in the league in total defense.
While the Titans have not been very busy this offseason, cornerback Nick Harper (Colts) was signed to play opposite Jones. The plan was to allow former starter Reynaldo Hill to be a situational player. However, with Jones' future unclear, Hill might need to move back to his starting role. Restricted free-agent Ryan Fowler was signed from the Cowboys and should assume the starting MLB position, forming a nice trio with ROLB Keith Bulluck and LOLB David Thornton. WR Justin Gage (Bears) was added to the mix of receivers, but only played in eight games last season.
The Titans released Henry and have yet to re-sign backup RB Chris Brown. Losing Bennett and fellow wide receiver Bobby Wade (Vikings), who combined for 79 receptions last season, was also a big blow. Last season's pricey free-agent signing David Givens only played in five games before suffering a season-ending knee injury. He might not be ready for the start of the season. The Titans will need WR Brandon Jones to step up in a big way in 2007.
The Titans have had an interesting offseason. They will need to make some excellent picks in next month's draft to improve upon their 8-8 record from last season. There are still some major areas of concerns for the Titans. They will need second-year RB LenDale White to carry the load, taking pressure off Young. White is a big, powerful back who lacks playing experience. The Titans must find an impact receiver who can make explosive plays in the passing game. Defensively, the Titans must find a pass rusher opposite DE Kyle Vanden Bosch. Cornerback is also a major need because of the Jones situation and Tennessee's aggressive style of defensive schemes.
Scouts Inc. puts the Titans on the clock, breaking down their offseason moves and looking at what questions still need answering.