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3 Titans Players in Danger of Losing Their Starting Jobs in the 2020 NFL Season

Tristan Jung
Three Tennessee Titans players that could lose their starting jobs in the 2020 NFL season.
Three Tennessee Titans players that could lose their starting jobs in the 2020 NFL season. / Grant Halverson/Getty Images
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Fresh off an unexpected appearance in the AFC Championship Game and a contract extension for Ryan Tannehill, the Tennessee Titans are looking to go one step further in 2020.

However, head coach Mike Vrabel will have some decisions to make on the starting lineup after adding talent in free agency and the draft as well as seeing some key players depart. Here are three Titans players who could face serious competition for their starting spots in 2020.

1. Malcolm Butler, CB

Malcolm Butler started nine games for the Titans last year.
Malcolm Butler started nine games for the Titans last year. / Grant Halverson/Getty Images

Malcolm Butler has been a mainstay for Tennessee since leaving the New England Patriots. Unfortunately, his last season was cut short due to a broken wrist. With Adoree Jackson locked in for one cornerback spot, Butler will compete with talented draft pick Kristian Fulton, who was a steal in the second round. Fulton could win the job by Week 1, leaving Butler with a sizable hurdle to making the starting lineup.

2. Dennis Kelly, RT

Dennis Kelly started four games at right tackle last season.
Dennis Kelly started four games at right tackle last season. / Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Last year, the Titans were able to rely on veteran lineman Jack Conklin to man the right tackle spot. However, Conklin left for the Cleveland Browns in free agency, leaving Dennis Kelly as the presumptive starter. Although he's shown some promise, Kelly is a career backup with just 31 starts in his seven-year career. The Titans also took standout Georgia product Isaiah Wilson in the first round and with a strong training camp he could certainly take over the starting job, as the team will be hoping he is a strong long-term Conklin replacement.

3. Jack Crawford, DT

Jack Crawford was signed to Tennessee after three years in Atlanta.
Jack Crawford was signed to Tennessee after three years in Atlanta. / Grant Halverson/Getty Images

With Jurrell Casey traded to the Denver Broncos, the Titans signed veteran tackle Jack Crawford to fill the open starting spot next to DaQuan Jones. Crawford started four games for the Atlanta Falcons last year and is a solid stopgap options, but the Titans will be hoping fifth-rounder Larrell Murchison or backup Jordan Williams can push Crawford in 2020. Crawford only had 0.5 sacks last year, so there's some room for improvement there, and with a modest 1-year, $1.2 million contract, the Titans will likely have no qualms moving him to the bench if he doesn't produce.


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Tristan Jung is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Tristan Jung also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username tristan1117. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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