Starting jobs wide open at linebacker for Titans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Titans have stocked up on linebackers this offseason, and they're letting them compete to see who wins starting jobs in new defensive coordinator Ray Horton's defense.

They signed veterans Shaun Phillips and Wesley Woodyard in free agency, added the linebacker designation to defensive ends Derrick Morgan and Kamerion Wimbley.

They also turned up the pressure on recent draft picks Akeem Ayers, Zach Brown and Colin McCarthy to show what they can do in a group that will be using four linebackers a lot.

Coach Ken Whisenhunt said Wednesday there will be a depth chart when training camp opens, but every position will be up for grabs depending on how the linebackers play.

Phillips says the competition is healthy and friendly making everybody better, even those who don't stick around.


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