Oct 20, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kendall Wright (13) runs with the ball against the San Francisco 49ers during the second half at LP Field. The 49ers beat the Titans 31-17. Mandatory Credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Power Rankings countdown: 24. Tennessee Titans

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2014 NFL Power Rankings Countdown

24.  Tennessee Titans (AFC South)

2013 Record:  7-9

Head coach:  Ken Whisenhunt – Whisenhunt had early success as the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals and even made a Super Bowl appearance.  But then he had two losing seasons in his last three after hall of fame quarterback Kurt Warner retired.  But Whisenhunt’s experience may be the key to getting the Titans back to the playoffs.

Best offensive player:  Kendall Wright, wide receiver – After a solid rookie season in 2012, Kendall Wright had an outstanding second season for the Titans.  He led the team in receptions with 94 for 1,079 yards and 2 touchdowns.  With more consistent quarterback play, Wright should put up even better numbers in 2014.

Best defensive player:  Jurrell Casey, defensive end – Casey led the Titans in sacks with 10.5 and had a breakout season in 2013.  With the Titans switching to a 3-4 defense in 2014, Casey may be put into a position where he can do even more damage as he will switch from defensive tackle to defensive end.

Rising Star:  Chance Warmack, right guard – Warmack had a very good rookie season at right guard for the Titans.  And the future looks bright for the second year player as he has helped add stability to the Titans offensive line.

Best new addition:  Bishop Sankey, running back – With Chris Johnson no longer a Titan, the offense will need someone to step in an make plays on the ground.  And Sankey has the ability to not only be a good change of pace back early in his career, but he is also a good enough receiver to help in the passing game as well.

Biggest offseason loss: Chris Johnson, running back – Johnson didn’t have a huge season for the Titans in 2013, but he was solid carrying the ball, and with his speed he was still a threat to break off long runs.  The Titans will now more than likely use a running back by committee approach until someone steps up to seize the job.

Biggest strength:  The Titans biggest strength is their receiving unit.  Led by Kendall Wright, he’s complimented at receiver by veteran Nate Washington.   But what could make this group special is the development of second year receiver Justin Hunter who came on strong down the stretch last season, and more is expected from him in 2014.          NFL Power Rankings

Biggest weakness:  The Titans biggest weakness is at quarterback, where Jake Locker is still trying to develop into a franchise quarterback.  He showed some potential last season, but he’s still having trouble staying healthy, and this has limited his development so far in his career.    2014 NFL Power Rankings Countdown

32.  Houston Texans

31.  Cleveland Browns

30.  Minnesota Vikings

29.  Jacksonville Jaguars

28.  Oakland Raiders

27.  Washington Redskins

26.  Atlanta Falcons

25.  Buffalo Bills

 

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