Titans 2022 Training Camp Preview: A Look at the Inside Linebackers – Tennessee Titans

Senior Writer/Editor
TRAINING CAMP PREVIEW: INSIDE LINEBACKERS
In camp (7): Zach Cunningham, David Long Jr., Monty Rice, Dylan Cole, Joe Jones, Chance Campbell, Jack Gibbens.
Offseason developments: The Titans reworked Cunningham’s contract during the offseason, and he remains under contract through the 2024 season. The team re-signed Cole, who played primarily on special teams a year ago, to a one-year deal. The Titans drafted Campbell in the sixth round of the NFL Draft out of Ole Miss, and then signed Gibbens as an undrafted free agent out of Minnesota. The Titans made a change on the coaching staff here, as former Texans assistant Bobby King replaced Jim Haslett. In Tennessee, King has been reunited with Cunningham. There were some departures here, as Jayon Brown and Rashaan Evans signed with the Raiders and Falcons, respectively, after not being re-signed. B.J. Bello and Nick Dzubnar have not re-signed with the team, and they remain free agents.
In the spotlight: Zach Cunningham. After joining the Titans during the second half of last season, Cunningham brought the speed and play-making ability to the defense that he displayed during his college career at Vanderbilt, and at his first NFL home in Houston. Now, he’ll look to be even better with a greater comfort level in the system, and with those around him. Cunningham’s relationship with King should help him as well. Cunningham is a sideline-to-sideline player, and he’ll look to sharpen his skills during his first training camp in Tennessee.
Battle to watch: The back-ups. Rice, selected in the third round of the 2021 NFL Draft out of Georgia, was sidelined during most of the offseason work with an Achilles. He should be back and ready to compete leading up to the season. The Titans liked Cole’s work during the offseason, and he currently ranks ahead of Jones. The battle here, assuming the team ends up keeping five (Cunningham, Long, Rice, Cole) is likely between Campbell and Gibbens, and whether one of them can carve out a special teams role. Gibbens is a smart guy who figures to stick around on the practice squad if he doesn’t earn a spot on the 53-man roster.
Keep an eye on: David Long Jr.. A sixth-round pick out of West Virginia in the 2019 NFL Draft, Long is one of the team’s most motivated players, or at least it seems like it. Long has gotten better each year in the NFL, and he’s coming off a season when he finished third in tackles (75) while also making an impact rushing the QB (six pressures) in pass defense (two interceptions). Long has vowed to be even more of a vocal leader this fall, and he’ll get a chance to establish himself further in the defense alongside Cunningham.
Next up: Edge rushers.
Earlier this month, Johnson was named one of 25 semifinalists for one of the three senior candidate spots, something that thrilled the dynamic player who also made a name for himself with his entertaining end zone celebrations.
Senior Writer and Editor Jim Wyatt is taking a position-by-position look at the Titans as training camp approaches. Today it’s time to look at the team’s defensive linemen.
Senior Writer and Editor Jim Wyatt is taking a position-by-position look at the Titans as training camp approaches. Today it’s time to look at the team’s receivers.
Senior Writer and Editor Jim Wyatt tackles more questions from fans, just one week before reporting date for training camp.
Bud Adams last week was named one of 29 semifinalists in the coach/contributor category for the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2023. Adams, long-time owner of the Oilers/Titans, is now in a pool of candidates who will be considered for a vote by the selection committee that will send 12 Seniors and 12 Coach/Contributors through to the finalists stage. The results of those reduction votes will be announced July 27.
Senior Writer and Editor Jim Wyatt is taking a position-by-position look at the Titans as training camp approaches. Today it’s time to look at the team’s tight ends.
Get an up-close view of your favorite Titans players as they prepare for the upcoming season.
Senior Writer and Editor Jim Wyatt tackles another batch of questions from Titans fans.
Senior Writer and Editor Jim Wyatt is taking a position-by-position look at the Titans as training camp approaches. Today it’s time to look at the team’s offensive line.
Senior Writer and Editor Jim Wyatt is taking a position-by-position look at the Titans as training camp approaches. Today it’s time to look at the running backs.
Senior Writer and Editor Jim Wyatt is taking a position-by-position look at the Titans as training camp approaches. Today, it’s time to look at the quarterbacks.
Titans + Nissan Stadium App
Stay up to date with team and stadium news, concert and event announcements, stream live Titans games and more!
Tennessee Titans Marketplace
A one-stop shop for Titans memorabilia, autographed items and more!
Tennessee Titans Email Newsletter
Get Titans news sent straight to your inbox.
© 2021 THE TENNESSEE TITANS. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

source

Christopher Jones
Christopher Jones
Articles: 5075

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *