From safety to lineman: Here are 4 proposals for 4 Tennessee Titans summer questions

The Tennessee Titans won't be able to transform into Super Bowl favorites in the month and a half between the end of OTAs and the start of training camp. But there are plenty of ways this team can take advantage of the summer.

Last year, the Titans' big pre-training camp splash came in the form of signing receiver DeAndre Hopkins. With more than $25 million in salary cap space available and several big-name free agents still on the market, the Titans have room to make another splash acquisition. But the franchise also can find ways to get better by leveraging the existing roster in creative ways.

Here are four unanswered questions the Titans have heading into the summer, and four proposed solutions.

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Are Tennessee Titans good enough at safety?

Amani Hooker, Elijah Molden and Mike Brown return as the defense's back end protectors. General manager Ran Carthon and the Titans' front office haven't addressed depth or front-end talent at safety in any meaningful way the past two years beyond trading away Kevin Byard. Hooker is a solid starter and there's reason to have confidence in Molden's ability to develop further into his role in his second year as a safety.

But there's too much safety talent available for the Titans to stand pat.

Solution: Sign Justin Simmons. Or Eddie Jackson. Or Quandre Diggs, Jamal Adams, Micah Hyde, etc.

Simmons is the big prize, the Hopkins-esque immediate game changer. Signing him gives the Titans one of the best secondaries in the NFL. But there are six or seven other starting-caliber safeties available. Patience makes sense with so little movement in the safety market this offseason. But after Marcus Maye signed with the Miami Dolphins, the time to get ahead of the league's other safety-needy teams may come soon.

Are T'Vondre Sweat's spring absences a legitimate concern?

The Titans' second-round pick didn't exactly assuage concerns about his reliability by missing OTAs and minicamp with what coach Brian Callahan has described as a minor, short-term injury. His 362-pound frame is under constant scrutiny, but the on-field reps missed seem more valuable in his young career.

Solution: Have internal, external backup plans prepared

Keeping 360-pound veteran Quinton Bohanna on the roster makes sense as insurance if Sweat's injuries persist. Keeping a big-bodied free agent such as Linval Joseph or Al Woods on speed dial makes sense, too. But nothing should change the fact that expecting Sweat to play and play well is still Plan A.

Can Caleb Farley, Treylon Burks contribute?

Injuries and unfulfilled expectations have derailed the careers of the Titans' 2021 and 2022 first-round picks. Neither is expected to start, but both made plays in lower-leverage capacities during OTAs and each has the talent to be difference makers if used properly.

Solution: Start with a few specialized packages and work from there

Farley and Burks will need to start by contributing on special teams. Figure out a few small ways to incorporate Burks' run-after-catch ability into the offense and ways to take advantage of Farley's athleticism on the perimeter. Build the confidence slowly and see if they can capitalize on their dormant skills.

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Is another interior O-lineman coming?

Daniel Brunskill started at guard last season but says he has spent OTAs repping as a backup center because the team hasn't signed a proper second center yet. This has kept Brunskill mostly out of the right guard competition.

Solution: Find a training camp body at your convenience

This isn't a super pressing issue. The Titans could go sign a true backup center like Scott Quessenberry or Nick Gates or they can cross-train a practice squad player. But not having a third center available is only a real issue if Saahdiq Charles and Dillon Radunz both prove to be incapable at right guard and Brunskill has to replace Lloyd Cushenberry III if Cushenberry is injured.

Nick Suss is the Titans beat writer for The Tennessean. Contact Nick at nsuss@gannett.com. Follow Nick on X, the platform formerly called Twitter, @nicksuss.

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