Between now and the beginning of the NFL Draft (April 25), Colts.com will take an offseason look at each of the Colts 2013 opponents. The second installment comes today with the Tennessee Titans:
Tennessee Titans 2013 Offseason:
2012 Season: 6-10 regular season. Finished 3rd in the AFC South.
Key Offseason Additions: QB-Ryan Fitzpatrick, RB-Shonn Greene, OG-Andy Levitre, S-Bernard Pollard, TE-Delanie Walker, WR-Kevin Walter.
Key Offseason Losses: S-Jordan Babineaux (Free Agent), TE-Jared Cook (Rams), QB-Matt Hasselbeck (Colts), T-Steve Hutchinson (Retirement).
2013 Draft Picks: 1-10, 2-40, 3-70, 3-97, 4-107, 5-142, 6-202, 7-216, 7-248
Analysis: During the Colts/Titans Oct. 29 meeting, one overtime flip from Vick Ballard catapulted Indianapolis into a run to the playoffs but sent Tennessee into a downward spiral. The Titans lost six of their final nine games. Quarterback Jake Locker is now entering his third season in the NFL and after a strong free agency, the Titans seem primed to challenge the top of the AFC South.
The Titans made a few splashes in the free agency period, many coming on the offensive side of the ball. Levitre was thought to be one of the top offensive linemen in this year’s free agent class and he will upgrade the interior of the Titans offensive line. Walter comes over from division rival Houston and provides some veteran leadership in a young receiving corps. Walker is a versatile piece that showcased his ability to do a number of things during his time with the 49ers. While Titans fans hope new backup quarterback Fitzpatrick doesn’t see the field often, former Jets running back Shonn Greene will spell Pro Bowl back Chris Johnson.
Pollard gives the Titans a physical presence at the safety position and he will step in for a 12-game starter in Babineaux. The Titans added some depth along the defensive front but it’s Pollard, the former Baltimore Raven, that headlines the free agent class on the defensive side of the football.
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