Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 8/16/12
Take one look at the roster of the Tennessee Titans and a few things jump out at you.

The first eye opener is the lack of big name players across the board.  Of course there are names that are recognizable like Matt Hasselbeck, Chris Johnson, and Kenny Britt.  Looking at the rest of the roster, however, seems to be a who's who of journeymen and untested young players.

Despite the fact that Tennessee is not full of big names, they just missed out on the playoffs last year, being eliminated in a tie breaker on the last day of the regular season 

This could truly be a rebuilding year for the team, which is why second year quarterback Jake Locker is in a great position to become the golden boy of the franchise.  Locker is currently in a battle with veteran Matt Hasselbeck, but the much older Hasselbeck is on his last legs in the NFL.  With a lack of experience on the offensive line and very few weapons at the specialty positions the Titans should begin grooming Locker now. 

It is a common saying in sports that the backup quarterback is always the fan favorite.  This will help Locker right up until he gets the starting job.

Last year, Locker played well in a reserve role, appearing in five games, racking up 542 yards, 5 touchdowns, and even bringing the team back after a few poor starts by Hasselbeck. With another offseason under his belt, Locker should be given a chance to prove he's the man in Nashville.

If Locker is a favorite player, the other side of the coin is running back Chris Johnson.

Often abrasive and overly arrogant, the 5th-year back out of East Carolina needs to stand out with his play on the field rather than in the media.  After a lengthy holdout prior to the 2011 season, Johnson had his worst year as a professional. 

Johnson ran for 1,047 yards, 4 touchdowns, and averaged 65.4 yards per game.  While those stats are not horrible, they are a far cry from the years prior, especially 2009.  That year, he gained a league-high 2,006 yards rushing while scoring 14 touchdown and averaging a staggering 125.4 yards per game. 

If Johnson can keep his head low and focus on his performance on the field, the Titans could have a productive season in 2012.

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