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Questions for first day of Titans' OTAs

5/27/2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The themes are common by now. The chance to discuss those theme with central figures involved is more rare.

On Tuesday, the Tennessee Titans hold the first of 10 OTA sessions.

Here are three questions we’ll be asking after it’s over:

How much did Jake Locker do and how did he feel doing it?

Ken Whisenhunt recently said the team’s No. 1 quarterback, coming off foot surgery, will “do most everything.”

This will be Locker’s most substantial work since the foot injury ended his 2013 season and his first real chance to run Whisenhunt’s offense. He’s got a lot of time, repetitions and opportunity ahead of him, but this will be the best chance we’ve had to do any assessing of his progress.

How are the position changers feeling?

Derrick Morgan is getting a look as an outside linebacker in the new 3-4 in the team’s biggest change. He’s been an end since he came to Nashville as a first-round pick but as the Titans move away from a 4-3 and to a base 3-4, he’ll be in a two-point stance more often and rush out of more space. The edge rush is a big question mark, and his ability to make the transition could have a lot to do with how good it is in the first year of Ray Horton’s defense.

Most notable among others making shifts; Zach Brown, who was drafted as an outside linebacker, will be working inside. General Manager Ruston Webster has said that Brown projects as a weakside inside linebacker.

How do the tackles sort out?

It’ll be a major surprise if Michael Roos isn’t the left tackle and Michael Oher the right tackle on the version of the front-line offensive line. The question is whether No. 11 overall pick Taylor Lewan will be able to alter that by opening day. We’ve not heard first-hand from either of the veterans about what they think of the Titans' use of the first-round pick.