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Friday, February 14, 2014
On PFF's assessment of Titans' starters

By Paul Kuharsky

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- How many elite starters do the Tennessee Titans currently have? How many high quality starters?

Pro Football Focus has been going team-by-team though projected lineups.

Their answers: Zero elite starters and 4.5 high quality ones. (How a half? Kendall Wright carries a combined rating, part high quality starter, part solid starter/valuable role player). The four ahead of him are defensive tackle Jurrell Casey, defensive end Derrick Morgan, left tackle Michael Roos, and left guard Andy Levitre.

Here is their chart of the team.

PFF doesn’t include cornerback Alterraun Verner or strong safety Bernard Pollard as they are not under contract.

I always offer a reminder that while PFF diligently grades players, their staff creates one collective, largely subjective opinion. I appreciate that we have access to their grades and ratings, but they don’t rank as gospel.

I differ with them some here. Morgan is a good player, but to rate him the same as Casey is a stretch.

They say Levitre “quietly played well” in his first season in Tennessee. But Levitre said in early December, “I know I haven’t been playing well this season.”

They’ve got center Brian Schwenke as the most concerning starter, the lone one rated as a “poor starter/gamble.”

Schwenke showed great upside when healthy, and I think he’s going to be a solid starter in short order. It’s not by any means a position where they need to be looking for help.