Rookies the Titans are about to see

May, 14, 2014
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Let’s take a run through the Titans' schedule to see the best and most intriguing rookies the Titans will cross paths with.

Sept. 7, at Kansas City -- Rookie rusher Dee Ford will be in the mix with the already solid duo of Tamba Hali and Justin Houston. Running back De'Anthony Thomas will give the Chiefs a guy like the one who jumped to the Titans in free agency, Dexter McCluster.

Sept. 14, vs. Cowboys -- The Titans will try to get to Tony Romo through a line that will include Zack Martin. And they’ll try to protect Jake Locker from a rush that includes new end Demarcus Lawrence.

Sept. 21, at Cincinnati -- Darqueze Dennard bolsters a solid secondary and Jeremy Hill should create a big backfield change up from Giovanni Bernard.

Sept. 28, at Indianapolis -- The Titans made three picks in the draft before the Colts got their first, offensive lineman Jack Mewhort. Donte Moncrief could be a factor in the receiving corps for Andrew Luck.

Oct. 5, vs. Cleveland -- Will Johnny Manziel be the starting quarterback? It’ll be an exciting day in Nashville if he is. Justin Gilbert with Joe Haden could make it a tough day on Tennessee receivers.

Oct. 12, vs. Jacksonville -- Blake Bortles won’t be the starting quarterback if the Jaguars are able to stick to their plan. But they will be defending a couple of young receivers with great potential -- Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson.

Oct. 19, at Washington -- Will Bishop Sankey and company get past LB Trent Murphy? Will Alfred Morris be running behind Morgan Moses?

Oct. 26, vs. Texans -- Jadeveon Clowney and Louis Nix combine with J.J. Watt to create an imposing front for anyone to run on and for a quarterback to try to stand in against.

Nov. 9, at Baltimore -- C.J. Mosley was a guy the Titans may have liked later in the first round. They’ll get a taste of playing against him. Timmy Jernigan could be a factor in the run front, too.

Nov. 11, vs. Pittsburgh -- Ryan Shazier and Stephon Tuitt could have roles in the front seven, which is always a key to the Steelers’ identity. If they are manufacturing touches for Dri Archer, the Titans' speed on defense can be tested.

Nov. 23, at Philadelphia -- OLB Marcus Smith rates as a great scheme fit that should mean the Eagles have three quality edge guys. The Titans are very familiar with Jordan Matthews, the receiver from Vanderbilt who figures to get targets right away.

Nov. 30, at Houston -- See Oct. 26.

Dec. 7, vs. NY Giants -- Odell Beckham has the potential to be a very dangerous weapon for Eli Manning, and if the rookie is panning out, Jason McCourty, Blidi Wreh-Wilson or Coty Sensabaugh will have their full hands.

Dec. 14, vs. N.Y. Jets -- Safety Calvin Pryor could be sneaking to the line to fill the box against the Titans' running backs. Tight end Jace Amaro is mammoth at 6-foot-5, 265 pounds, and could be helping open holes for Chris Johnson.

Dec. 18 – at Jacksonville -- See Oct. 12.

Dec. 28, vs. Indianapolis -- See Sept. 28.

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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