- Paul Kuharsky, ESPN Staff Writer
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Examining the Tennessee Titans' roster.
If all are healthy, Locker starts and Whitehurst is the game-day backup with Mettenberger not dressed, at least at the beginning.
RUNNING BACKS (5)
Battle beats Collin Mooney because he can carry the ball and is a good special teams player. Mooney has a handful of first-team snaps, at most. Washington could get some touches, but is on the team to return.
WIDE RECEIVERS (5)
The first three are locks, and after that it's open. Mariani has been very good and Preston has been solid. Veteran late-summer addition Derek Hagan is also challenging. And an outsider cut elsewhere at the end of camps could be appealing.
TIGHT ENDS (3)
Walker has said he expects to play on the line more and Stevens is a blocker. Thompson is at a make-or-break point and looks to be in line to back up both.
OFFENSIVE LINE (8)
A starting caliber tackle is on the bench (Oher or Lewan) and that means Byron Stingily is less needed than backups for the interior such as Spencer and Olsen.
DEFENSIVE LINE (8)
A big fight here is pending with Lavar Edwards having value and Klug not having great size for a 3-4 end. But the Titans are going to have to make tough cuts on the line. Eight defensive linemen on a 3-4 team seems like too much, but GM Ruston Webster has said it could happen.
McCarthy, Gooden and Moise Fokou could be battling for one spot between them. McCarthy is the best football player if he can stay healthy. Year 2 would be early to give up on a third-rounder in Gooden who's consistently worked with the second team. Fokou is mostly invisible.
The fifth spot could be up for debate. It should be. As of now, I'm cutting Tommie Campbell. He can be a great special teamer who forces fair catches. But he's been absolutely torched in this camp by multiple receivers, the worst player getting significant snaps in a visible role on the second team or higher.
I was tempted to give fourth safety to a player not on the roster.
A solid guy who had a bit of an off year in 2013.
He has a huge leg but is completely unproven and comes with a risk. One of his two misses at LP Field Friday night was horrific. Still the favorite in a competition with undrafted rookie Travis Coons.
LONG SNAPPER (1)
There has not been much chatter about a position player snapping, but it still surprises me a team would dedicate 1/53rd of the roster to the position.