The Other 31: Tennessee Titans pour offseason resources into improving offensive line

July 19, 2013

Tennessee’s goal this season: Stop letting this happen to quarterback Jake Locker. (Getty Images)

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Last season’s record: 6-10

Key players released: QB Matt Hasselbeck, RB Darren Evans, WR Lavelle Hawkins, S Jordan Babineaux, G Mitch Petrus

Retired: G Steve Hutchinson

Key free agents lost: TE Jared Cook, DT Jason Jones, DT Sen’Derrick Marks, DE Jarius Wynn, LB Zac Diles

Key free agents re-signed: RB-KR Darius Reynaud, FB Quinn Johnson, K Rob Bironas, DT Keyunta Dawson

Key free agents added: S George Wilson, G Andy Levitre, TE Delanie Walker, RB Shonn Greene, DT Sammie Lee Hill, LB Moise Fokou, QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, G/C Rob Turner, S Bernard Pollard, DE Ropati Pitoitua, WR Kevin Walter, G Chris Spencer, DT Antonio Johnson, RB Jalen Parmele, T Barry Richardson

Draft:

Round 1 (No. 10 overall): Chance Warmack, G, Alabama

2 (34): Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee

3 (70): Blidi Wreh-Wilson, CB, Connecticut

3 (97): Zaviar Gooden, LB, Missouri

4 (107): Brian Schwenke, C, Cal

5 (142): Lavar Edwards, DE, LSU

6 (202): Khalid Wooten, CB, Nevada

7 (248): Daimion Stafford, S, Nebraska

Analysis: The Titans put significant resources into upgrading their offensive line. They signed former Buffalo Bills guard Andy Levitre in free agency, and they used the 10th overall selection in the NFL draft on Alabama guard Chance Warmack.

But those weren’t the only improvements made. The Titans had four of the top 97 choices in the draft, landing Tennessee wide receiver Justin Hunter in the second round and Connecticut cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson and Missouri linebacker Zaviar Gooden in the third round. They lost tight end Jared Cook in free agency but signed San Francisco 49ers tight end Delanie Walker to replace him. The Titans also added safeties Bernard Pollard and George Wilson, tailback Shonn Greene and wide receiver Kevin Walter. They switched veteran quarterbacks by releasing Matt Hasselbeck and signing former Buffalo starter Ryan Fitzpatrick after he’d been released by the Bills.

The takeaway from all of that is that much still depends on the development of young quarterback Jake Locker. The team that the Titans can put around Locker probably has been improved. Still, it would be a significant jump for this team to be a playoff contender this season, and taking the step of reaching .500 perhaps is a more realistic goal.

Why Redskins fans should care: The teams play in the preseason opener Aug. 8 in Nashville.

Conversation starter: Is a guard worth the 10th overall pick in the NFL draft?

Mark Maske covers the NFL for The Washington Post.
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