The Tennessee Titans find themselves in salary cap purgatory for the second straight season. Almost 20 veterans on last year's team are elsewhere in 2005. Even if the Titans avoid the injuries that decimated last year's team, they may be destined for last place because they have one of the NFL's youngest rosters. Only 13 players have more than three years of NFL experience.
"We still have an awful lot to accomplish, but I feel like at this point we've done that," Coach Jeff Fisher said at the conclusion of camp. "We've stayed healthy, gotten a lot out of the young players."
The Titans need to improve in many areas and pass defense is a good starting point. Tennessee ranked 26th in the NFL against the pass last season and allowed opposing quarterbacks a 63.5 completion percentage (third-highest in the NFL). Cornerback Adam Jones was drafted sixth overall, but he held out until the end of camp and isn't expected to start. Veteran safety Tank Williams returns from a torn anterior cruciate ligament he suffered last season.
Tennessee's biggest offseason addition may be offensive coordinator Norm Chow, formerly of defending NCAA champion Southern California. Chow is considered an offensive mastermind but is unproven at the pro level. His scheme will try to protect quarterback Steve McNair, who had chest surgery during the offseason.
Former Buffalo Bills running back Travis Henry joins incumbent Chris Brown (1,067 yards in 11 games) in the backfield, and both should play often this season.