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What they're saying in Tennessee

Some links from the Titans' perspective on Sunday's season-opener:

1. Defenders notice protection breakdowns. The Titans hope to pressure quarterback Tom Brady and have seen a few breakdowns from New England up front. "Just by watching a little film of what’s been happening in the preseason, they have a couple of weaknesses and we’re going to try and exploit it," defensive lineman Sen'Derrick Marks said in a piece written by John Glennon of the Tennesssean.

2. Youngest roster since 2006. The Titans have a youthful look on their current 53-man roster, as the average age is 26 years, four months and 27 days, writes Gary Glenn of the team's website. That's their youngest opening-day roster since 2006.

3. They're all in with Locker. This is a new era in Titans football, with second-year quarterback Jake Locker winning the starting job. As Tennessean columnist David Climer writes, "That decision has been made. There’s no turning back."

4. Checking in on a few health questions. Starting defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks didn't practice Wednesday as he recovers from a sprained MCL, but the plan is for him to play in the opener, Terry McCormick of Titans Insider writes.

5. Johnson feels like his old self. Running back Chris Johnson had a down 2011, but he feels like things are looking up in 2012. Part of the struggle last year was because he wasn't in tip-top shape until later in the season, but he feels like he's there now. “Things are going to be better this year. I came in in better shape, and I feel like being here really helped me a lot," Johnson said in a Tennessean piece by Jim Wyatt.

6. Summitt to be part of pre-game festivities. Legendary University of Tennesssee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt will be honored as the "12th Titan" in a special ceremony prior to Sunday's kickoff In addition, Titans owner bud Adams, Jr. will donate $25,000 to the Pat Summitt Foundation in an effort to raise awareness and help find a cure to Alzheimer’s disease, the team's website notes.