Who's on Tennessee Titans' roster bubble ahead of 2022 training camp? 7 names to watch – Tennessean

When Tennessee Titans training camp begins next week, several players will take the field with guaranteed roles and starting jobs. But many more will compete for the few spots up for grabs. 
By Aug. 30, NFL rosters must be reduced to 53 players from the offseason limit of 90. 
Which Titans appear to be on the roster bubble? 
Here are seven names to watch:    
With Malik Willis in the fold, the Titans could keep up to three quarterbacks. But if they keep two, Woodside will be the odd man out, with Ryan Tannehill entrenched as the starter and Willis being a third-round rookie. 
Tannehill’s backup since 2020, Woodside has warded off every competitor for the QB2 role the last two seasons, but he may need an especially strong training camp and preseason this year – and/or struggles from Willis – to convince Tennessee of committing three roster spots to quarterbacks. 
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Signed as a free agent, Malone – a former Tennessee Vol and Gallatin native – enters an A.J. Brown-less receiving core ripe with opportunity. His four seasons of NFL experience in a young room is an advantage. He was one of the stars of the offseason program, too. 
But his limited special teams experience as a back-end receiver may hurt his chances of making the team. He’s played just 87 special teams snaps in four seasons (26 games), though 37 of them came in 2020 with the New York Jets. 
Sixth-round picks are never guaranteed roster spots, but Jackson had a strong offseason program – particularly at rookie minicamp, where he made several plays around the ball and flashed physicality – and he seems like a natural replacement for Dane Cruikshank in sub-package defense as a tight end stopper with his size and length. 
An ex-John Overton High School star and Tennessee Vol, Jackson could need a strong preseason to secure a spot in a secondary deep with young talent. 
Jackson has been a key rotational piece for the Titans since 2020, but he faces an uphill battle beating out second-year pro Elijah Molden and second-round rookie Roger McCreary for nickelback responsibilities.
In Jackson’s favor, though, is his versatility and his value on special teams – he played 37% of snaps there last season – bolstering his case to remain on the 53-man roster.
Cole, re-signed this offseason after excelling on special teams last season, could have stiff competition on the back end of the inside linebacker room in sixth-round rookie Chance Campbell, who is six years younger. 
The Titans may prefer to keep Cole’s special teams expertise on the initial 53 and try to stash Campbell on the practice squad.
Garrett, an undrafted rookie out of Ohio State, could play his way onto the initial 53 with a strong training camp and preseason. The Titans may have a spot or two behind starters Jeffery Simmons, Denico Autry and Teair Tart. 
Garrett led the Buckeyes last season with 5.5 sacks and ranked second on the team with seven tackles for loss.
Ben Arthur covers the Tennessee Titans for The USA TODAY Network. Contact him at barthur@gannett.com and follow him on Twitter at @benyarthur.

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