NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Titans finished last season winning four out of five games, but at 9-7 they finished third in the division. The season-ending 33-17 loss to the Colts set the tone for an offseason that required roster upgrades to catch up.
"I think we are just trying to add good football players to both sides of the football. I think that is our charge in free agency, that’s our charge in the draft," GM Jon Robinson said. "That’s what we are constantly doing. The guys in charge of the roster, I am constantly talking with Vrabes [Mike Vrabel] about how can we upgrade the roster, how we can continue to create competition among the 90-man."
Did Tennessee do enough to make a push for the playoffs? Here's a look at the roster at each position group as Tennessee enters the next phase of offseason workouts. (Newly acquired players are in italics.)
Last season's offensive coordinator, Matt LaFleur, became Green Bay's head coach -- but promoting former TE coach Arthur Smith to take over as the OC was a move made to give Mariota continuity from an offensive scheme standpoint.
Acquiring Tannehill in a trade with the Dolphins gives the Titans a viable insurance plan should Mariota not be able to play all 16 games this season. Tannehill is an upgrade from last year's backup, Blaine Gabbert, who threw two interceptions in the season finale loss to the Colts.
Henry enters the season as the expected focal point of the offense. Smith appears committed to giving Henry the touches necessary to become a big factor. Lewis will offer a change of pace and catch passes out of the backfield. Keep an eye on Barnes, who could challenge Fluellen for the third spot on the depth chart.
Humphries and Brown make up the most significant position upgrade to the roster. The steady, veteran presence that Humphries brings will help make the offense more efficient. Brown (6-foot-1, 230 pounds) could be an intriguing option in four-receiver packages.
"I like his size," Robinson said of Brown, the Titans' 2019 second-round pick. "I like his play strength. He’s strong with the ball in his hands. He’ll create competition in that position group."
Ratliff-Williams could make the roster as an undrafted free agent who can also contribute in the return game.
A healthy Walker gives Mariota his most trusted pass-catcher back; Walker missed all but one game last season with an ankle injury. Since 2015, Walker has averaged 77 receptions, 898 yards and five touchdowns per season. Smith is a solid complementary tight end who gives the Titans a dangerous 12 personnel package (1 RB, 2 TEs). Luke Stocker filled the H-back role last season, but he's now in Atlanta, so Tennessee needs to find someone else.
Conklin will be the starter at right tackle if he is healthy. The Titans didn't pick up his fifth-year option, so his situation will be one to monitor. Kelly is a backup who is capable of starting and played well last season when Conklin missed multiple games with a knee injury.
Saffold was the biggest free-agent signing (four years, $44 million) and instantly becomes their best interior offensive lineman. His bruising style of play fits perfectly with the physical presence Vrabel wants his team's trademark to be. Davis is expected to compete with Pamphile for the starting right guard spot. The Titans like his athleticism but made it clear they aren't anointing starters. It will be a competition.
Ben Jones, Corey Levin, Hroniss Grasu (FA)
Jones is in the final season of the four-year, $17.5 million deal he signed in 2016. Levin showed some promise when he filled in for Jones, who moved to guard for one game last season.
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DaQuan Jones, Jurrell Casey, Austin Johnson, Cameron Wake (FA), Jeffery Simmons (first round), Matt Dickerson, Brent Urban (FA), Dee Liner (FA), Isaiah Mack (UDFA), Amani Bledsoe (UDFA), Braxton Hoyett (UDFA)
First-rounder Simmons could play by October or November, but the Titans are going to take it slow in his recovery from a torn ACL in February. Wake could line up for the Titans as a defensive end in sub-packages on passing downs. Urban has experience with defensive coordinator Dean Pees dating back to their Ravens days. He will push for a spot as a five-technique.
Wake can play some snaps as a stand-up edge defender and get after the quarterback. At 37 years old, Wake will likely be a part of a rotation at outside linebacker. Walker will see snaps in that rotation and is a legitimate three-down defender. Roberson is a talented pass-rusher who comes as an undrafted free agent -- but don't be surprised if he earns a spot on the roster.
Brown is an ascending player coming off a career year, posting 97 tackles, six sacks and an interception. A full offseason should help Evans take a step forward as a second-year player; he missed much of training camp during his rookie year due to a hamstring injury. Long should push for a contributing role on special teams but could be an option in sub-packages as well.
Ryan will bump inside in nickel packages, with Butler and Jackson starting on the outside. Jordan should push for a roster spot as a combo DB playing both cornerback and safety. Smith is back after spending 2018 on injured reserve.
Re-signing Vaccaro was a pivotal move to keep the solid tandem with Byard intact. They complement each other perfectly -- Vaccaro is the thumper, while Byard is the rangy centerfielder. Cruikshank and 2019 fourth-rounder Amani Hooker serve as matchup options against move tight ends and big slot receivers.
Kern was a Pro Bowler last season. He continues to be one of the mainstays on the Titans, having been with the team since 2009.
Ryan Succop, Austin Barnard
Succop was good on 26 of his 30 field goal attempts in 2019, including 3-for-4 on attempts from 50 yards or more.
Brinkley played his 100th career game (Week 4 vs. Eagles) last season and is entering his eighth season with the Titans since joining the team as an undrafted free agent in 2012.