The Tennessee Titans have 32 players whom I'd consider as locks to make the 53-man roster for the 2012-13 NFL season. That leaves 21 players whom I'd consider in one of the following five groups: probable (Damian Williams, Tommie Campbell), questionable (Rusty Smith, Eugene Amano), very questionable (Marc Mariani, Daniel Graham), doubtful (undrafted free agents) and long-snapper.
These are my 32 locks for the Titans' 2012 regular-season roster. Here's an up-to-date roster from ESPN.
Jake Locker, Matt Hasselbeck
Jake Locker and Matt Hasselbeck will battle for the starting quarterback job during training camp. The Titans need a quality backup quarterback because both quarterbacks are injury prone. Hasselbeck isn't going anywhere if he doesn't win the starting gig.
The Titans have two more quarterbacks with Rusty Smith and Nick Stephens. Smith has been groomed as the eventual backup quarterback to Locker for whenever Hasselbeck departs. Smith still needs to have a solid training camp because the Titans could always put a project quarterback on their practice squad.
Chris Johnson, Jamie Harper
Javon Ringer should be safe unless he has a horrible training camp. I don't see Herb Donaldson or Collin Mooney taking his roster spot.
Kenny Britt, Nate Washington, Kendall Wright, Lavelle Hawkins
The wide receivers appear to be set with Kenny Britt, Nate Washington, Kendall Wright, Lavelle Hawkins and Damian Williams. The Titans aren't releasing Hawkins when they just gave him a $2-million signing bonus this offseason.
Williams is almost a lock. There are two ways he could miss the cut. The Titans would need to decide that Marc Mariani is their return specialist in 2012. They also must be unwilling to keep six wide receivers on the active roster.
Jared Cook, Craig Stevens
Daniel Graham is 33-years-old. The Titans have younger options such as Brandon Barden and Taylor Thompson. Why not stay young with that No. 3 tight end?
David Stewart, Michael Roos, Steve Hutchinson, Leroy Harris, Michael Otto
The Titans have solidified four positions on their offensive line. Eugene Amano must earn this spot in training camp. Michael Otto is the super-utility offensive lineman who received a new contract this offseason. Kevin Matthews and Fernando Velasco are probably safe.
Kamerion Wimbley, Jurrell Casey, Karl Klug, Mike Martin, Derrick Morgan
The Titans need at least three more defensive linemen. Leger Douzable, Dave Ball, Zach Clayton, Lamar Divens, Shaun Smith, Scott Solomon and Sen'Derrick Marks are amongst the players who will complete the depth chart.
Ball should be safe. Douzable could have an advantage because of his versatility to play defensive end or defensive tackle. Mike Martin could make Smith expendable.
Colin McCarthy, Akeem Ayers, Zach Brown, Will Witherspoon
Will Witherspoon should be safe. Witherspoon was guaranteed $5 million when he signed a three-year contract in 2010. Even if Zach Brown is the starter, the Titans don't have much linebacker depth.
Jason McCourty, Alterraun Verner, Coty Sensabaugh
The Titans have four cornerbacks who could start the season as the nickelback (or the No. 2 cornerback whenever Verner is playing nickelback). Those cornerbacks include Tommie Campbell, Chris Hawkins, Ryan Mouton and Coty Sensabaugh.
Sensabaugh is safe because he was a fourth-round selection in the 2012 NFL Draft. Campbell should be safe because he's versatile and plays on special teams. Don't be surprised if all six cornerbacks make the roster.
Michael Griffin, Jordan Babineaux, Markelle Martin
Al Afalava. That name alone should get him a spot on the 53-man roster. Alas, it doesn't work that way.
Rob Bironas, Brett Kern
The Titans also need a long-snapper. Jake Ingram, perhaps?
Joshua Huffman graduated from Middle Tennessee State University as a marketing major in 2009. He's been a Middle Tennessee resident from 1986-88 and 2001-present. He lived in the Upper Peninsula and Northern Wisconsin from 1988-01 and for approximately eight months in 2009-10 as he completed a 20-game volunteer position with the USHL's Green Bay Gamblers. His favorite sports organizations include the Green Bay Packers, Chicago Cubs, Nashville Predators and Tennessee Titans. He can be found on Twitter HERE.
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