The long offseason is finally over for Tennessee Titans as the team is set to face the Atlanta Falcons in Week 1 preseason action on Friday night. Head coach Mike Vrabel and company will be looking to get the season started off right and have hopes of making their third straight playoff appearance in 2021.
This game has it all as proven players are set to battle for roster spots and Tennessee's rookie class will get their first taste of NFL competition. With that in mind, here are three Titans players to keep an eye on.
1. Rashad Weaver, Defensive End
Many NFL draft analysts thought the Titans got a steal when they took defensive end Rashad Weaver out of Pittsburgh in the fourth round. Vrabel has already stated his excitement to see the rookie play and he is set to see a majority of the snaps on defense in this one. This will be a great opportunity for Weaver to showcase his ability to get into the backfield and wreak some havoc. The 23-year-old has reportedly been impressing the coaching staff during practice. He could take over the No. 3 role behind starters Bud Dupree and Harold Landry with a good showing on Friday night.
2. Darrynton Evans, Running Back
Darrynton Evans came into the 2020 season with a lot of hype, but most of his year was derailed by different injuries. The second-year running back will start this preseason matchup and should see playing time for most of the first half. That gives him a great opportunity to prove he deserves to have a role on this offense. Starter Derrick Henry isn't much of a threat in the receiving game, which opens up a spot for Evans to take over. Simply put, the Titans could add another level to their offense if Evans figures it all out.
3. Sam Sloman & Tucker McCann, Kickers
The Titans have had a competition going on throughout training camp for their starting kicker role. Sam Sloman seems to be leading the way after he knocked down his lone field goal attempt for the team late last season, but nothing is set in stone quite yet. Tucker McCann is a former undrafted free agent still looking to make an impact at the NFL level. Expect these two to split kicking duties on Friday night in order to see if one can outperform the other. This is a position Tennessee needs to ace since it has caused them some mishaps over the last few seasons.
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