The Tennessee Titans head into the 2021 season with high hopes and big goals. After a busy offseason, the front office managed to acquire Julio Jones via trade while improving the defense simultaneously. It should be a solid year for the Titans, as they're the only team in the AFC South that hasn't had any major setbacks so far.
Tennessee's offense is set to be one of the best in the league once again. The Titans will likely be a run-first team, as Derrick Henry is one the best running backs in the NFL. However, with AJ Brown and Julio Jones available in the passing game, opposing defenses will have headaches trying to slow down this offensive unit. The wide receiver room has had a few pleasant surprises throughout training camp, which puts one starter at risk of losing his job.
Meanwhile, the Titans' offensive line is one of the more efficient groups in the league. Taylor Lewan is due back and looks healthy, which will give Tennessee a huge boost this season. Rodger Saffold, Ben Jones, and Nate Davis lockdown starting roles on the line as well, leaving the Titans right tackle position in an open competition. For that reason, we could see a surprise cut come to fruition. With that said, here are two Titans' first-stringers in danger of losing their jobs.
Josh Reynolds is a big-bodied receiver that played well when his number was called upon last year. After playing for the Los Angeles Rams the last four years, Reynolds finally has a chance to play a key role as Tennessee's third receiver. However, he's been dealing with injuries throughout camp and hasn't really separated himself from the guys behind him on the depth chart.
Some pleasant surprises in the wide receiver room have created a cause for concern on Reynolds' job safety. Marcus Johnson has been lights out while rookie Racey McMath has been solid as well. Additionally, Mason Kinsey looked impressive in the Titans' preseason opener against the Atlanta Falcons. The Titans' front office gave Reynolds a relatively cheap contract, so it's not like they're dedicated to him. Josh Reynolds must step up if he hopes to retain his spot on the roster, otherwise, it could go to someone else.
Ty Sambrailo makes the list due to the fact he's in an open battle for the right tackle position. Tennessee named him and Kendall Lamm as co-starters on the first unofficial depth chart. Additionally, rookie Dillon Radunz is also receiving some work in that position, but he needs time to develop before taking over as the starter. Sambrailo finds himself in a position of either making the final roster, serving a backup role, or being cut from the team altogether.
Luckily for him, Sambrailo has looked decent throughout training camp so far. Right tackle was an obvious weakness in the Titans preseason game against the Falcons, so it'll be interesting to see how that position plays out. Sambrailo seems to be in a tight race with Kendall Lamm as neither guy has done anything to seperate himself yet. The remaining preseason games will determine the starter moving forward, leaving the loser of the position battle likely serving as an immediate backup.