Titans pregame notes

Tennessee may keep four tight ends

--TE Gregg Guenther is making a case for the Titans to keep four tight ends. Though much of his opportunity has come because Ben Troupe is rehabbing fro foot surgery, Guenther is the team's top receiver through three preseason games. The former USC Trojan didn't play football last season, just hoops, but Norm Chow suggested he be brought in.

--RB Damien Nash may have set a team record for excused absences through minicamps and training camps. The Titans are mum about whatever he's got going on. But he's been out of action with a low back/groin problem. He's also had fumble problems when he has played and practiced. Still the fifth-round draft pick will likely stick.

--RB Jarrett Payton is a sentimental favorite and he did get a lot better during a summer in NFL Europe. But to be a legitimate contributor to the Titans he'd have to play good special teams and he simply hasn't. If he makes the roster it'll be for the wrong reasons.

--WR Brandon Jones still ranks as the team's No. 3 receiver, but fellow rookies Roydell Williams and Courtney Roby have certainly closed the gap. All three should get their chances.

--T Michael Roos is probably the team's starting right tackle, but he'll have to flip to left for the opener in Pittsburgh to fill in for suspended Brad Hopkins. Against San Francisco's 3-4 defense Roos looked shaky on the left side.

-- RB Travis Henry has missed a lot of time with a toe problem. But Jeff Fisher still isn't saying Henry will play in the preseason finale against Green Bay.

-- WR Tyrone Calico played his first preseason game in San Francisco and all indications are his surgically repaired knee has him on course to start the opener.

-- SS Tank Williams played his first preseason game in San Francisco and all indications are his surgically repaired knee has him on course to start the opener.


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