The Titans' most competitive spots

July, 21, 2014
Jul 21
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So I botched the initial version of last week's Tennessee Titans roster forecast, listing DaQuan Jones twice. What can I say, I really like the rookie defensive lineman.

Let's go back and look at the spots that look to be the toughest calls.

Receiver

Only three are locks -- Kendall Wright, Justin Hunter and Nate Washington. Michael Preston is fourth to me now, with Marc Mariani fifth and providing an option for a second good returner. But the Titans could seek to upgrade at No. 4, or at least No. 5, with a guy cut elsewhere at the end of the preseason.

Defensive line

I kept eight. That's too many for a 3-4. Mike Martin, Karl Klug and Lavar Edwards could be competing for one spot. Martin's going to make it. And Klug will be a tough guy to cut. Maybe the Titans feel like they have enough nose tackle options with Sammie Hill and Al Woods then maybe Antonio Johnson is in trouble.

Linebacker

Tough calls here, too. The outside four are clear. It's the inside where things are complicated. Colin McCarthy, Zaviar Gooden and Moise Fokou are not locks at this point, and the interior should make for a good battle.

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ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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