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"TENNESSEE WILL undergo a change in offensive philosophy now that Chris Palmer is taking over as coordinator for Mike Heimerdinger. But the offense will still be powered by running back Chris Johnson.
Expect him to have another good year. Last season his numbers fell off because the team wasn't as good and because the offense was not able to be balanced between the run and the pass due to inconsistent quarterback play. But Johnson is too dynamic a player to take another step backward. He's still a good young player.
Even though the Titans drafted Jamie Harper in the fourth round, Javon Ringer will have every opportunity to hold on to the job as Johnson's backup. It's a minor role, though.
The Titans brought in Matt Hasselbeck to bridge the gap until rookie Jake Locker is ready to run the show, and I bet Hasselbeck has decent numbers this year. Palmer has a great feel for pass protection, which will be important to keep the fragile Hasselbeck upright, and Hasselbeck should have no problem picking up the system.
Kenny Britt is not exactly a Number 1 receiver by other teams' standards, but he's the Number 1 receiver on this team. He's a big, strong wideout who can jump out of the stadium.
Justin Gage is toward the end of a good career. Wear and tear is finally catching up with him. So look for Nate Washington to be the Number 2 receiver.
Tight end Jared Cook could have a really good year. Not only is Bo Scaife gone, but the tight end will also be near the top of the progression in Palmer's controlled passing system."
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