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Titans-Vikings preview

The Tennessee Titans take the field against an opposing team for the first time in the 2011 season tonight against the Vikings at LP Field (televised locally and in a few other markets, radio broadcast on your local Titans Radio affiliate, re-air tomorrow at 10AM on NFL Network).  Here are a few things I’ll be keeping an eye on.

  • The debut of Jake Locker.  I care less about what he does than how he plays.  Use this column by Matt Bowen to set your expectations.
  • The interior offensive line.  Harris, Amano, and Scott struggled last year.  Can they be better in their second year together?
  • Depth at wide receiver.  There’s a top four, and one to three jobs open behind them.  Can a guy like James Kirkendoll steal a spot away from Gage and Hawkins?
  • The new-look defensive line.  Especially the new young guys, like Jurrell Casey, Karl Klug, and Zach Clayton.
  • Akeem Ayers.  Does he rush the passer?  Can he cover?  What role exactly does he play?
  • The safety depth chart.  Michael Griffin is the only lock.  Can Myron Rolle steal a roster spot or Vinny Fuller keep his?  There’s extra opportunity tonight with neither Nick Schommer nor Robert Johnson playing.

Stay tuned to Total Titans after the game for a recap and more coverage.

UPDATE (1741 CT): Official scratches tonight are: WR Kenny Britt, RB Chris Johnson, S Robert Johnson, DT Sen’Derrick Marks, S Nick Schommer, and LB/LS John Stokes.  Reports are Justin Gage starts for Britt, Javon Ringer for CJ, and Karl Klug for Marks.