Do the Tennessee Titans have the pieces to make the playoffs?
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The Tennessee Titans were close to making the playoffs last season. Had they not lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars, the team was in a close race in the AFC South. Heading into the 2017-2018 season, the Titans have bolstered an already talented roster.

Tennessee really helped its defense with the addition of cornerback Logan Ryan. The Titans also have a lot of the same players from last season returning to the roster. Marcus Mariota and DeMarco Murray will be back this season as the leaders on that Titans offensive unit. Mariota injured his leg in the week 16 loss to Jacksonville. Head coach Mike Mularkey expects him to be ready for training camp.

On the other hand, Murray had a solid first season with the Titans. Last offseason, he left the Philadelphia Eagles after one season after he didn’t have much success. The Titans brought him in because they needed help with their running game. He had 1,287 rushing yards last season on 293 carries. Last season was the second time in his career that he eclipsed over a thousand yards rushing in a season. The last time Murray did so was when he was a member of the Dallas Cowboys in 2013.

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Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Tennessee also made some smart choices during last year’s draft. They got Jack Conklin from Michigan State who helped solidify that offensive line. Conklin played physical on the line of scrimmage which helped give Mariota more time in the pocket and more of a pocket presence.

The Titans also drafted former Alabama Crimson Tide running back Derrick Henry. He has proved to be a good third down back and another threat on that Tennessee offense next to Murray. Henry had 490 yards in 110 attempted carries, five touchdowns and 13 receptions in his rookie campaign. He was a good pass-catching back and would be effective in coming out of the backfield, making the reception and gaining yards.

One of the bright spots of the Titans offense last season was Tajae Sharpe. Tennessee drafted Sharpe in the fifth round of last year’s draft. The former University of Massachusetts wideout had 41 receptions for 522 yards. Sharpe was targeted 83 times during the season by Mariota. He had two touchdowns, but he too was key on third downs.

With much of the roster remaining intact and the Titans free agency moves this offseason, Tennessee looks poised to try and make the playoffs this season. With the departure of Brock Osweiler from Houston, we may see the Titans playing in late January next season.

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