The Tennessee Titans are coming off a run to the AFC Championship, but will they be able to continue the dominance and be a top-five team in 2020?
The Tennessee Titans will be looking to improve on its performance in 2019 and build on their late-season successes.
The Titans are bringing back key players as they hope to do just that. Ryan Tannehill, Derrick Henry, and A.J. Brown are returning as the Titans’ “Big 3” on offense.
With that offensive core, the Titans could continue to be a top-five team in the AFC and potentially in the NFL. USA Today’s Touchdown Wire has faith in the Titans ahead of the 2020 season as the Titans continue to stay in the top-five of its rankings.
After the draft, Touchdown Wire released a post-draft power ranking, and the Titans landed at No. 5 in that ranking. Touchdown Wire also just released a pre-training camp power ranking and the Titans were able to hold down their spot at No. 5.
“The buzz around Georgia right tackle Isaiah Wilson was real as the NFL Draft approached, and at the end of the first round the Tennessee Titans made him their selection to protect Ryan Tannehill, pave the way for Derrick Henry and step into a slot vacated by departing RT Jack Conklin. Then the organization addressed a need at cornerback, drafting Kristian Fulton from LSU when the DB fell into the back of the second round, Touchdown Wire’s Mark Schofield said.
“A very intriguing selection for them came in the fifth round, when they added defensive tackle Larrell Murchison. The N.C. State defender has a solid array of pass rushing moves and could be a presence on the inside of the Titans’ defensive line. Plus? They added the uber-aggressive Cole McDonald to their quarterback room. McDonald has an NFL arm and the willingness to challenge windows downfield that other passers shy away from. Darrynton Evans, the running back from Appalachian State, seems to be more of a Dion Lewis replacement than a Derrick Henry backstop, but he will give the offense a nice change of pace.
“But what makes the Titans a threat for 2020 is the combination of their defense, and a ball-control offense that can use the fear of Henry to set up their play-action passing game. They have an emerging threat in A.J. Brown at wide receiver, and Ryan Tannehill played at an elite level in this offense a season ago. The pieces are in place for Tannehill to have similar success in 2020, just now over a full 16-game slate.”
The Titans have some pretty good competition directly ahead of them. There’s no surprise that the Kansas City Chiefs topped the list at No. 1. The Baltimore Ravens sit at No. 2 with the San Francisco 49ers at No.3 and the New Orleans Saints at No. 4.
If the Titans can live up to the expectations that Touchdown Wire is setting for them, then it’ll be interesting to see where the Titans end up at the end of the season.
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