A wish list of some things the Titans’ offense wants to do against the Redskins:
1) Control the offensive line — A significant part of the Titans’ offseason plan centered on rebuilding the interior of the offensive line. Guard Andy Levitre was a top early target in free agency, and Tennessee was able to draft guard Chance Warmack from the 10th overall spot in the 2013 NFL Draft. With those additions and the stability of tackles Michael Roos and David Stewart (who is advancing through the recovery process of a broken leg he suffered in December). The one spot that’s really up for grabs on the offense is center.
The Titans have Fernando Velasco, who started all 16 games (13 at guard) in 2012, along with free agents Rob Turner and Chris Spencer and fourth-round pick Brian Schwenke. Turner and Velasco have done most of the work with the first-team, and coach Mike Munchak said he’s likely to start one against Washington and one against Cincinnati but would like to decide before Atlanta. The Titans want the offensive line to get a push off the offensive line on run plays and protect the pocket on pass plays.
2) Establish the run — The Titans have been impressed with the offseason that Chris Johnson has had and like the different aspect that power back free agent signee Shonn Greene adds to the run game. Johnson and Greene may not play too much against the Redskins, but that will give Titans coaches an opportunity to evaluate depth at the position. The Titans have Darius Reynaud returning from last season and added bigger backs Jackie Battle and Jalen Parmele as free agents. Battle handled a considerable amount of carries in the team’s mock game last Saturday.
3) Continue the growth of Jake Locker—With a sturdier pocket, the experience gained from 11 starts in 2012 and the benefit of a full offseason, Locker has talked about how much more comfortable he is this season. Part of that also stems from changes offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains has made to the system to take advantage of Locker’s attributes.
4) Keep boosting competition at receiver—A healthy Kenny Britt, the return of veteran Nate Washington and second-year pro Kendall Wright, the continuation of Damian Williams and the drafting of Justin Hunter in the second round have given the franchise what many people consider the most depth at the position since it relocated to Tennessee. Loggains joked this week that he wanted to keep nine receivers, but the Titans will likely keep six or seven, leaving competition among several players, including Marc Mariani and Michael Preston, while Kevin Walter is out with a back injury.
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