Tennessee Titans Preview
Another year and another season that Vince Young does not have the weapons he needs to make a progression as a QB. I don’t understand the logic. The free agent market was pretty thin for WRs, but there were some decent options such as D.J. Hackett or Bryant Johnson. They would have been an upgrade for VY compared to the junk pile he gets to throw to. It’s clear that Vince Young will have to do more damage with his feet to be successful in ’08. At least he does have a potential go-to-go in Tight End Alge Crumpler, who fared well with another athletic QB in Atlanta. So just who does VY have to throw to other than Crumpler? Justin McCareins, Justin Gage, and Brandon Jones. Excuse me while I clean the puke out of my mouth. There were plenty of young WRs in the draft and they come away with Lavelle Hawkins in the 4th round. Seriously? Get VY some weapons already.
On the ground LenDale White was a pleasant surprise with 1100 yards and 7 TDs. Let’s just hope he stays motivated and doesn’t allow his conditioning to go into the tank. He has a pair of speedy RBs behind him on the depth chart in Rookie Chris Johnson and second-year back Chris Henry. I don’t understand why the take Johnson in the first round when he essentially does what Henry does. I guess they are admitting they blew that pick. Instead of getting VY a receivng threat they pick up a backup RB. Brilliant.
Defensively the Titans rid themselves of the Pacman fiasco. The straw that stirs the drink on D is Albert Haynesworth. He was easily their best defensive player last year. He takes so much pressure off the rest of the D-Line. Kyle Vanden Bosch took advantage of that by racking up 12 Sacks. Linebacker is also a strength led by David Thornton (122 Tackles) and Keith Bulluck (88 Tackles, 5 INTs). Corland Finnegan (95) and Nick Harper (77) racked up the Tackles for Cornerbacks. Second-year Free Safety Michael Griffin and Chris Hope look to improve their Safety play.
So where do I project Tennessee? Dead last in the AFC South. Indy and Jacksonville are superior teams and Houston is more balanced. Of course, VY could take matters into his own hands and destroy my way of thinking. That said, I’m expecting 6-8 Wins from Tennessee.
Fantasy-wise you can gamble on LenDale White to do it again. Vince Young is worth taking as a backup, especially if you have a solid starter. Chris Johnson is worth taking in case LenDale gets hurt. Alge Crumpler makes a solid backup Tight End. Tennessee Defense and Rob Bironas should both be solid as well.