The rebuild is going well in Nashville. Quarterback Marcus Mariota played up to his second overall pick pedigree in his second pro season. The question this year is whether he can do it again.
Last season: 9-7
Subtractions: CB Jason McCourty
Additions: CB Logan Ryan, WR Eric Decker, S Jonathan Cyprien, DT Sylvester Williams
Notable Rookies: WR Corey Davis, CB Adoree Jackson, TE Jonnu Smith
Analysis: A leg injury ended Mariota’s 2016 season on Christmas Eve, but for much of the season he’d been playing as well as any signal caller in the league, an impressive feat when you consider the team’s limited weapons in the passing game. The club addressed this need in the offseason, picking up Eric Decker after he was cut by the Jets and spending a first round pick on Eastern Michigan wide receiver Corey Davis. This influx of talent should take pressure off of returning WRs Rishard Matthews and Tajae Sharpe. Tennessee had an extremely productive running game with a resurgent DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry sharing the workload. Both running backs look for continued success this year. The offensive line was among the league’s best and like Mariota they’re hoping to prove last year’s performance was their true talent level and not a fluke. On the defensive side of the ball veterans Ryan, Cyprien and Williams shore up a solid if unspectacular unit. Limited roster turnover, a mix of old and young talent and a rising star at quarterback have the Tennessee Titans trending upward and after eight years of missing the playoffs, this could be the year that streak ends.