- Paul Kuharsky, ESPN Staff Writer
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Examining the Tennessee Titans' roster.
If all are healthy, Locker starts and Whitehurst is the backup on game days 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.
WIDE RECEIVERS (5)
The first three are locks, and after that it's wide open. I don't think they feel real good about Preston, Hagan, Brian Robiskie or Marc Mariani right now and think they will scour the waiver wire to see if they can do better.
TIGHT ENDS (3)
Walker has said he expects to play on the line more and Stevens is a blocker. Thompson now ranks as a lock. Chase Coffman would be fourth, but I'm not ready to give them four.
OFFENSIVE LINE (9)
A starting caliber tackle is on the bench (at this point, Lewan). That means Stingily is less needed than backups for the interior such as Spencer (who's hurt) and Olsen. But Stingily gets my last spot right now as he's a better player than Robiskie, Mariani or Moise Fokou.
DEFENSIVE LINE (7)
Lavar Edwards doesn't make it, and Antonio Johnson's time lost to a knee injury has allowed the Titans to see they are fine at nose with Hill as the starter and Jones and Woods able to play there as well. Klug isn't a great fit for the system, but he's one of the Titans' best 53 players. Martin has missed a good deal of time with a bad hamstring, which is allowing others more time to show what they can do.
Colin McCarthy recently had shoulder surgery and will land on IR. Fokou doesn't seem a system fit. Neither does Bailey, but he's getting the final spot now because of his special-teams capabilities.
Campbell has settled down some. Depth here is insufficient after the top three, and I think the Titans should be looking for outside help at cut time. For now Campbell stays because he can force fair catches, and he outranks the inconsistent rookie Huff, who also looks to be a good special teamer and is a roster lock as a fourth-round rookie.
Stafford now appears to be a lock as Pollard's backup. I've actually liked Khalid Wooten's practice work at corner and he could be a swing defensive back.
A solid guy who had a bit of an off year in 2013.
Maikon Bonani's big leg makes him intriguing. He was good in Atlanta. Overall, Coons has less leg but is more accurate. And his trajectory issue appears to be getting better. They could well turn to an outsider before the season starts.
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.