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NFL Preseason Preview Capsules: AFC

AFC South: Tennessee Titans

OPEN CAMP: July 25, Nashville, Tennessee.

LAST YEAR: QB Jake Locker missed nine games, including final seven, and Titans missed playoffs for fifth straight season. Owner/founder Bud Adams died in October, and son-in-law Tommy Smith became president/CEO. Smith fired Mike Munchak in January when coach wouldn't make some staff changes, ending Hall of Fame lineman's 31-year tenure with this franchise as player and coach.

IMPORTANT ADDITIONS: Coach Ken Whisenhunt; defensive coordinator Ray Horton; RB-WR Dexter McCluster; LBs Shaun Phillips and Wesley Woodyard; OTs Michael Oher and Taylor Lewan; RB Bishop Sankey.

IMPORTANT LOSSES: RB Chris Johnson; Pro Bowl CB Alterraun Verner; QB Ryan Fitzpatrick; RT David Stewart.

CAMP NEEDS: RB Shonn Greene needs to be healthy after two knee surgeries. Lewan can push both veteran LT Michael Roos or Oher for playing time. WR Justin Hunter must keep developing while keeping some of weight he added. Defensively, pick either Blidi Wreh-Wilson or Coty Sensabaugh as Verner's replacement, settle linebacker starters and rotation transitioning to 3-4 scheme.

EXPECTATIONS: How good Tennessee can be depends on Locker's health. He appears recovered from season-ending Lisfranc injury in right foot, must avoid further injury so Whisenhunt can squeeze most out of new offense - Locker's third in his fourth season. Playoffs among goals, but the Titans must fine-tune new offense and defense in August with three of first four regular-season games on road. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)



The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

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