Titans take game-to-game risk with only four receivers on 53-man roster

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Here’s a player-by-player look at the Tennessee Titans 53-man roster:


Marcus Mariota: Came in as the No. 2 overall pick and has looked the part from the beginning, showing poise, confidence, accuracy and good decision-making.

Zach Mettenberger: The big-armed incumbent got bumped down a notch but showed off his great potential through the preseason.

Charlie Whitehurst: The veteran presence in the quarterback room gives the Titans experience behind a top two that has played six games between them.


Bishop Sankey: He still ranks at the front of the line and has been better but not yet good enough to be the established lead guy.

Terrance West: Just acquired from the Browns on Sunday, he’ll have a chance to take carries originally scheduled for David Cobb, the rookie who’s now on IR/recall.

Dexter McCluster: A change-up type who’s at his best out into space. Could be the primary pass-catcher among the backs.

Antonio Andrews: May have the toughest time getting carries when everyone is healthy.

Jalston Fowler (FB): A lead blocker who may get some carries and catches but doesn’t project to more than super-situational.


Kendall Wright: The team’s No. 1 guy is at his best in the slot or tighter to the formation, but he will get chances all over after building nice rapport with Mariota.

Harry Douglas: Similar to Wright in that his best work is often from inside, but he is going to get a lot of chances all over.

Justin Hunter: In his last chance to prove he’s an NFL receiver, Hunter needs to be aggressive to take advantage of his size and speed to do so.

Dorial Green-Beckham: A giant who’s going to get early work based on being one of only four guys at the position.


Delanie Walker: One of the team’s best players, he will benefit from healthy depth a year after injuries meant he was overworked.

Anthony Fasano: A reliable, versatile veteran who can ease the burden on Walker and provide serious insurance if he’s hurt.

Craig Stevens: A quality blocker who does dirty work and can be the guy next to rookie right tackle Jeremiah Poutasi when he needs help.

Phillip Supernaw: A versatile backup who forced the Titans to keep him with solid play through the preseason -- with the exception of a TD celebration spike that slipped out of his hand.

Chase Coffman: Was cut to make room for West, the re-added once the Cobb move to IR was official. A great pass-catcher who's not well-rounded, which is the reason he's in his sixth NFL season and hasn't made much of a mark.


Taylor Lewan: The foundational piece of the line, he looks primed to be a force at left tackle.

Byron Bell: Started off at right tackle. Moved inside in a line shuffle and seems to have settled in well.

Brian Schwenke: Due to show consistent play, which will start with staying healthy.

Chance Warmack: Ended 2014 well, but his preseason wasn’t up to the same standard.

Jeremiah Poutasi: Rookie brings a nice combination of size and movement, but teams will target his inexperience in their rush plans.

Jamon Meredith: Can play tackle or guard, and that versatility helped him make the team.

Andy Gallik: Low draft pick is the backup center but enhanced his value by playing well at guard too.

Quinton Spain: The Titans felt the undrafted free agent out of West Virginia played well enough to get signed somewhere else if they let him go.


Jurrell Casey: A disruptive pass-rusher who doesn’t necessarily look the part but produces. Should benefit from Brian Orakpo’s presence.

DaQuan Jones: Now the starting end opposite Casey, Jones also can bump inside to play nose or be a tackle in nickel looks.

Sammie Hill: The starting nose tackle is on the shelf for a bit after recent right knee surgery cleaned up a meniscus problem.

Al Woods: One of the brightest spots of the preseason. He will start at nose at least as long as Hill is out.

Karl Klug: Will often come in to be one of two tackles in the nickel group, where the OLBs come forward and line up as ends.

Angelo Blackson: Solid rookie looks like he can help stop the run. An end, but he can play nose if needed.

Ropati Pitoitua: Can still help but lost his starting job. Needs to keep hands and fingers operational as breaks have slowed him.

Mike Martin: Quality depth, but he may have a hard time getting snaps or even being active for games based on the line’s depth.


Brian Orakpo: The Titans brought him in expecting big-time pass-rush production that will have an effect on everyone.

Derrick Morgan: Should benefit from having Orakpo opposite him. A good player who gets close a lot but has not always finished.

David Bass: A bit of an unknown as he arrives off the waiver wire from Chicago. He will have a chance to be the primary backup on the outside in a hurry.

Deiontrez Mount: The sixth-round rookie still has a great deal to learn, but he can become a special teams force if his approach is good.


Avery Williamson: The bigger guy in the inside, he needs to help slow the run and show up as a sure tackler every week.

Zach Brown: Missed last season after just four snaps. A fast guy who can be an impact player or miss on big plays.

Wesley Woodyard: Veteran backup now needs to be a special teams leader.

Steven Johnson: A waiver claim Sunday from Denver, where he played on a Super Bowl team with Woodyard.


Michael Griffin: Has always played his best when surrounded by good players. But how good is the secondary overall?

Da’Norris Searcy: A sure tackler who can step forward and be an impact player in the run. The question is how he covers and how often he winds up in coverage.

Daimion Stafford: Seems like he has shown steady improvement and certainly lays big hits when given the chance. Needs to be a core special teamer.

Marqueston Huff: Also can play corner in a pinch. Has a much more complete understanding of the defense in his second year in the league and the Titans' second year with the scheme.


Jason McCourty: Expected to miss up to three games at the start as he completes recovery from groin surgery.

Perrish Cox: Has been a playmaker since the Titans signed him as a free agent from San Francisco. The team’s top guy until McCourty returns.

Blidi Wreh-Wilson: His low moments in his first season as a rookie were memorable. The Titans believe he can be steadier and contribute.

Coty Sensabaugh: Did well regaining favor in the team’s eyes after some questions about his toughness. Doesn’t have a pick in three seasons.

Cody Riggs: Made the team as an undrafted rookie and has not seemed the least bit overwhelmed.


Ryan Succop: Should be pretty steady on field goals, the new PATs and on kickoffs.

Brett Kern: Longtime fixture at punter still has a big leg.

Beau Brinkley: Not noticed often, which is usually good news for a long snapper.