Training camp is quickly approaching, which means it's time to preview the most exciting part of the summer. Over the next month, Around The NFL's Conor Orr will break down all 32 teams and give us something to look for in late July.
Training camp report dates:Veterans and rookies July 29
Training camp location: Saint Thomas Sports Park, Nashville, Tennessee.
Player to watch: Guard Chance Warmack. This is really more of a way of talking about the entire Titans offensive line. But in looking at the Titans' depth chart right now, Warmack has the difficult task of working next to rookie right tackle Jack Conklin and being the messenger across an offensive line that could have more on its shoulders than any other team in football this season. Warmack, who reportedly has a six-pack, is currently bundled in with the rest of the disastrous 2013 draft class, but he has played at least 14 games in each of his first three seasons. Tennessee would like to see the dependable Warmack evolve into an every-down power, and perhaps this is the season it all comes together for the former Alabama road grader. Warmack has always been a better run blocker, and there's a good chance the Titans average more than 33 rushing attempts per game (possibly more if the team is interested in getting Marcus Mariota involved on the ground).
THREE BURNING QUESTIONS:
1. What does the offense look like?
Simple enough, but the addition of DeMarco Murray leads us to believe that the Titans will look worlds different than they did a year ago. The phrase 'exotic smashmouth' was thrown around to our excitement and it leads us to believe the Titans might look like a cross between the Carolina Panthers and Philadelphia Eagles from a year ago. Run-heavy teams win Super Bowls and the Titans now have two bruising backs at their disposal.
The Green-Beckham hype train has been chugging this offseason which, if you've followed our exhaustive coverage of Cordarrelle Patterson, might not be excellent news. The Titans knew this would be a boom-or-bust pick and it was made before new general manager Jon Robinson took the reins. That means either Green-Beckham starts to soar -- his 32 catches and four touchdowns were a nice start, and the addition of Rishard Matthews should help free him from double coverage -- and is the focal point of Tennessee's passing game, or he's going to be handed a sled and taught how to block.
Sharpe, a fifth-round pick out of UMass, has a ton of potential but some scouts believe his frame lacked the proper bulk to handle the rigors of the NFL. Speed kills during organized team activities and minicamp, which might have been why Sharpe earned so many rave reviews thus far and took first-team snaps. In training camp, we should see if Sharpe can hold down the third wide receiver position, potentially edging out the likes of Matthews, Harry Douglas or Kendall Wright. That would be a stunner, but it would be another positive for Robinson, who needs to build depth across the board.
Way-too-early season prediction: We thought this team would do well to double their 2015 win total. This offseason they seem to have gotten three wins better but positive mojo and continued improvement from Marcus Mariota could bring this team into the conversation for seven or eight wins depending on how their division shakes out.