Five storylines to follow in Titans’ preseason opener

By John Glennon

    There’s nothing like that first NFL preseason game to … to do what, exactly?

    It certainly may whet the appetite of Titans fans for the start of the regular season, which begins Sept. 12 in Nissan Stadium against Arizona.

    But as for giving us a great read on what to expect down the line, Friday night’s contest in Atlanta probably won’t offer a great glimpse.

    It’s not out of the question that some significant Titans players get more snaps than we’re used to in the preseason opener since the NFL has switched to just three preseason contests – as opposed to four.

    But the threat of risking injury – along with the opportunity to determine spots on the bottom end of the roster – will still likely mean little or no work for starters. Titans coach Mike Vrabel said Wednesday that Ryan Tannehill, for example, is not expected to play.

    Nevertheless, the game against the Falcons will be our first opportunity to form opinions on some key issues concerning the Titans moving forward.

    So here are five Titans storylines to follow during the preseason opener:

    Wide receiver battle -- It’s not often over the years that the Titans have had a large sampling . . .

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