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Titans mail: Searching for a dark horse

8/8/2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Thanks for hitting me with quality questions for this edition of the Tennessee Titans Twitter mailbag.

Our weekly chats are now extinct, so we may do these a bit more often. Send a questions with "#PKMail" any time.

Paul Kuharsky: There is no indication Tommie Campbell can, and he's not gotten a look as Jason McCourty's counterpart so far this camp. He had a good day Thursday, but prior to that he was consistently getting roasted. Games will give him a chance to change his standing, but right now I'd be scared of him being fourth on the cornerback depth chart.

Paul Kuharsky: Both Mike Martin and Karl Klug could make it. I think it would mean Lavar Edwards is gone and it may also mean Mookie Johnson is in trouble. I don't see a dark horse in terms of a young up-and-comer, but veteran receiver Derek Hagan so far has certainly been strong.

Paul Kuharsky: I don't think there is a chance there will be a reunion with Rob Bironas. They are done with him. I don't know that I'd say Travis Coons isn't emerging. He doesn't have a big leg but he's been pretty accurate. Other camps with two kickers will wind up with one and they'll have a chance to bring in one of those if they like.

Paul Kuharsky: Not sure what you are basing that on. Ropati Pitoitua, Jurrell Casey, Al Woods, DaQuan Jones, Shaun Phillips, Kamerion Wimbley and Akeem Ayers all shape up to have a better chance to be better in a 3-4 set than they have been or would be in a 4-3. I'm not suggesting that they are loaded with 3-4 guys, but they aren't lacking. The linebackers are a bigger issue to me -- Derrick Morgan is unproven as an outside backer, Ayers is an overall underachiever, and they lack a thumper inside.

Paul Kuharsky: Why would you like that exactly?

Paul Kuharsky: I think Akeem Ayers is behind Kamerion Wimbley because Wimbley's better. The thing Ayers has done best in his time with Tennessee so far is get talked about by coaches.

Paul Kuharsky: Quite good. I fear the monster expectations for Justin Hunter. But he's catching the ball more comfortably and his red zone work has been great. He can go up over people to get the ball.

Paul Kuharsky: I don't think it's a max. It's possible. And that would be the minimum. Next guy would be Eric Olsen inside or Byron Stingily would be a tackle that might be able to also play guard. If they went with seven, they'd have someone they liked a lot on their practice squad.