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State of the Titans - Training Camp Preview
David Dorey
July 31, 2009
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This series of analysis on the 32 NFL teams takes a look at where teams have been over the last three years for each position - where they have ranked in the most notable categories and the hard statistics produced. This is to give a view of each team heading into training camp and what they most likely need to improve on this season and where their strengths lie that likely won't need any changes. Ending each team review is a brief summation of what to watch in training camp in August to uncover those developing situations that you can take advantage. Combining where teams have come from and what they have done in free agency and the NFL draft gives you the very same thing that NFL coaches are looking at as they attempt to improve their team for 2009.
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Training Camp Opens: July 30
Head Coach: Jeff Fisher (16th year)
Stadium: LP Field  Surface: Grass
2009 Schedule   2009 Roster   2008 Statistics   2008 Record: 13-3

QB Carries Rush YD Rush TD Pass Comp Comp % Pass YD YPP Pass TD Int Rank YD Rank TD
2006 82 553 7 446 226 51% 2748 12.2 13 19 31 30
2007 96 392 3 464 288 62% 3077 10.7 9 17 27 32
2008 33 76 0 453 265 58% 2902 11 13 9 28 28

Quarterback - Bit of a pall cast on the Titans with the death of Steve McNair. This has long been a run-heavy offense and there is no reason to expect any difference for 2009. Kerry Collins should hang on for one more year at least but at the age of 37 he's clearly not the future of the team. Vince Young remains on the roster but it's no given that he'll be back on top anytime soon either. Not much development happening here for this year and maybe not even 2010. Young has given no indication that he's gained value on the bench.

RB Carries Rush YD YPC Rush TD Target Rcv Catch % Catch YD Rcv TD Rank YD Rank TY Rank TD
2006 379 1632 4.3 7 74 49 66% 280 0 20 26 27
2007 437 1699 3.9 14 73 54 74% 355 0 10 23 14
2008 469 2086 4.4 24 96 67 70% 457 3 5 8 3

Running Backs - Probably the best example of Thunder and Lightning in the NFL is on the Titans. Chris Johnson had a tremendous rookie season with 251 carries for 1228 yards and nine touchdowns and he added 43 catches for 260 yards and one score. He's little more than a blur when he's running full speed in an open lane and the intention this season is to get the ball into his hands more often. Lendale White turned in 200 rushing attempts to gain 773 yards and 15 touchdowns. With well over 450 rushing attempts this year, there's still plenty to spread around between the two runners and even a greater workload by Johnson likely won't affect goal line work by White. The addition of Johnson last year ignited this rushing attack and took it from below average to one of the best in the league.

WR Target Rcv Catch % Catch YD YPR Rcv TD Ranks YD Rank TD
2006 265 123 46% 1835 14.9 9 23 25
2007 322 183 57% 2283 12.5 8 18 25
2008 226 115 51% 1618 14.1 7 30 30

Wide Receivers - Okay, so the better the rushing game, the worse the passing. The addition of Johnson took a below average group of receivers and made them one of the least productive in the NFL for 2008. Justin Gage led all wideouts here with only 34 catches for 651 yards and six scores - there was only one other touchdown caught by a wide receiver on the entire team. The addition of Nate Washington adds some promise to this group and the drafting of Kenny Britt could further boost the talent level here but the reality will be that the Titans are going to run as much as they can and throw only when they have to. And even then, the tight ends and running backs take a big share of the passing attack away from the wideouts so there are lower expectations on how much this group could possibly improve in a year.

TE Target Rcv Catch % Catch YD YPR Rcv TD Ranks YD Rank TD
2006 103 51 50% 602 11.8 4 15 18
2007 106 63 59% 606 9.6 1 16 30
2008 127 83 65% 827 10 3 12 17

Tight Ends
- The Titans like to use their tight ends as receivers but the lack of passing means that even Bo Scaife has marginal fantasy value despite leading his team in receptions (58). He only scored twice and has to share with Alge Crumpler (24-257, 1 TD). Scaife rates as nothing more than a fantasy backup and the additions of Washington and Britt could mean even less stats for the tight ends this year.

Training Camp Fantasy Angle - The only new players to the team are the wideouts Washington and Britt who are worth watching in camp but even in the best case likely won't become more than a bye week filler for your real fantasy starters. But they are the only area still left to gain clarity. Johnson and White already know the offense and won't need to be exposed to injury unnecessarily though it would be nice to see Johnson working more on his receiving skills in camp.

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