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Tennessee Titans 2014 Training Camp Preview

By John McMullen, NFL Editor

(SportsNetwork.com) -

REPORT DATE: July 25

SITE: Saint Thomas Sports Park, Nashville, TN

CAMP CONFIDENTIAL: Quarterback whisperer Ken Whisenhunt, who did wonders for Kurt Warner in Arizona and Philip Rivers in San Diego, was brought in as the new head coach in an effort to help young quarterback Jake Locker, the No. 8 overall pick from the 2011 draft, reach is potential.

Locker has showed signs at times, especially early last season, but he has also struggled with injuries and consistency. If Whisenhunt is unable to put Locker on the right path, it might be the end of the road for him in Nashville.

The Titans also must replace former 2,000-yard rusher Chris Johnson, as well significantly improve the defense, specifically the back seven.

KEY OFFENSIVE ACQUISITION: Running back was a big need for the Titans because the team moved on from Johnson and Washington's Bishop Sankey will have every opportunity to become the bell cow.

The second-round pick has a lot of Emmitt Smith qualities in that he is an all-around volume back who does everything pretty well.

KEY DEFENSIVE ACQUISITION: Whisenhunt's defensive coordinator, Ray Horton, will be shifting toward a 3-4 attacking defense and veteran Shaun Phillips, who has amassed 19 1/2 sacks over his previous two seasons, should be a consistent presence off the edge.

PRESEASON SCHEDULE (All Times Eastern):

Aug 9 - vs. Green Bay, 8:00 PM Aug 15 - at New Orleans, 8:00 PM Aug 23 - at Atlanta, 7:00 PM Aug 28 - vs. Minnesota, 8:00 PM

07/17 15:23:38 ET