PFF breaks down Titans' roster

June, 30, 2014
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The Tennessee Titans don’t have an elite starter on their projected depth chart, according to Gordon McGuiness in Pro Football Focus' depth-chart breakdown series.

PFF rates three Titans as high-quality players -- defensive lineman Jurrell Casey, receiver Kendall Wright and left tackle Michael Roos.

Nine more are “good starters.”

I think Casey might rate as elite, but only those three in the top two categories are on target from my vantage point.

And I think they are a bit generous in good starters.

Fullback Collin Mooney may have blocked well last season, but the Titans didn’t use a fullback much, we don’t know how much the Titans will use one under Ken Whisenhunt. Plus, Jackie Battle is being given the chance to double as a running back/fullback so Mooney may not even be on the roster.

Outside linebacker Akeem Ayers may benefit from the Titans shift to a 3-4, but he’s done little to distinguish himself in his first three seasons.

What may be best illustrated in this color-coded depth chart is the team’s unproven depth on offense. Five players on the second- and third- string defense rate as good (as compared to four on the starting defense). Certainly situational jobs are more plentiful on defense. Still, the offense has no one beyond the first 14 players who earn a rating as good.

I have injury concerns about Dexter McCluster, and PFF puts the second-team running back in the “not enough information category.”

After that I don't see a guy who they underrate.

Quarterback Jake Locker gets an “average starter” rating, which is either an indication about the poor state of the average quarterback in the NFL or an overreach.

As for highly-rated guys who anchor good rosters around the league, it’s not a secret the Titans don’t have enough of them. Some players have the potential to blossom into that this season -- receiver Justin Hunter would head that list for me.

Offensive lineman Chance Warmack and Brian Schwenke, and rookie defensive lineman DaQuan Jones are candidates to make big jumps as well.

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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