Football fans across the United States are buzzing as Week 1 of the 2022 NFL preseason is finally here. The Tennessee Titans are one of the first teams to kick things off on Thursday with a road showdown against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium.
The Titans underwent some changes this offseason, with the most significant being the loss of star wideout A.J. Brown. The pressure is on for them to prove that they can remain AFC contenders, meaning players must fight for their jobs to ensure that head coach Mike Vrabel has the best roster possible.
Here are three Titans who are fighting for their jobs in Thursday's preseason game.
Titans Roster Rumors
1. Jordan Wilkins, RB
Running back Jordan Wilkins was added to the Titans' practice squad in December before being re-signed this offseason. Now, he hopes to compete to become one of Derrick Henry's backups. Although Wilkins has averaged a solid 4.9 yards on 195 career carries, he must compete with returning RB Dontrell Hilliard, as well as promising rookie rusher Hassan Haskins. It also doesn't help that Wilkins spent the majority of the 2021 season playing on special teams. Unless he makes the most of his opportunities on Thursday, it could be back to the practice squad for the former Mississippi product.
2. Haskell Garrett, DT
After going undrafted in April, the Titans decided to bring in former Ohio State defensive tackle Haskell Garrett. While the 24-year-old won't be competing for a starting job, there's an opening to land one of the backup DT roles. Garrett appears to have some decent pass-rushing potential after pacing the Buckeyes with 5.5 sacks last fall. Someone like Jayden Peevy could give him a run for his money, but it's clear that the Titans' coaching staff likes what Garrett brings to the table. Thursday's game provides an opportunity for the rookie to meet those expectations and solidify his worth.
3. Mason Kinsey, WR
After Robert Woods and Treylon Burks, the Titans' wide receiver depth chart is up in the air. One player who could step up in Brown's absence and challenge for a bigger role is Mason Kinsey. Titans WR coach Rob Moore told Sports Illustrated last week that Kinsey is "in for the battle of his life" when it comes to cracking the 53-man roster, proving that the pressure is on. Though the 23-year-old has only played five total snaps since going undrafted in 2020, he was Tennessee's receiving leader last preseason. With several wideouts vying for a roster spot, Kinsey needs to replicate last year's exhibition success if he wants job security heading into the 2022 campaign.
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