By BLAKE BEDDINGFIELD, special correspondent

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Sunday morning after the last preseason game, the coaching staff and personnel department was already meeting to review the game tape, but more importantly, begin to cut down the roster.

The head coach and coordinators will make arguments on how many players they need per position. The special team’s coordinator will also have a say who he feels can be core special teams’ players.

Taylor Lewan, Offensive Lineman for the Tennessee Titans

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Each coach will rank the players at their position. The pro scouting department will also rank the position groups.

The pro department will also be charged with calling other NFL teams about who is available for trades and also shopping current Titan players that won’t make the 53-man roster but have enough good preseason film to create interest from other teams.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Mike Vrabel’s right-hand man oversaw most of the head coach’s job in the Titans’ preseason finale and did just fine, winning when he threw the challenge flag but shepherding a losing effort, 27-24.

John Streicher, known as "Stretch" to everyone on and around the team, was a fun side story to the preseason’s conclusion and the franchise’s one home game that featured no monster developments.

John Streicher, Coordinator of Football Development, Tennessee Titans

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Marcus Johnson limped to the locker room with a right leg issue, the two quarterbacks battling to back up Ryan Tannehill each threw a pick, an undrafted running back found the end zone as did one signed on Thursday.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Welcome to the weekend. We’ve got more Covid craziness for the Titans but it’s nothing like last year and the current developments will not come close to touching the regular season.

They’ll wrap the preseason Saturday night at Nissan Stadium against Justin Fields and the Bears and then have two weeks to get ready for the Cardinals.

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Here are the best questions of the week.

Will Craig Last year with a weak secondary, the defense played soft a lot and tried not to get beat deep. Will the new personnel let them get back to aggressive defense this year?

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Ryan Tannehill and Julio Jones timing. Pass rush synchronization. Offensive line cohesion.

These are among the areas where the Titans have not been getting the work they need because of missed time from injuries.

They are now within two practice weeks of their Sept. 12 season opener against Arizona and those matters are still on hold.

Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans

Tannehill is on the Covid-19 reserve list. So is one of those pass rushers, Harold Landry, who needs to get things organized with his edge partner, Bud Dupree, a player not all the way back from his ACL repair. And the full offensive line of Taylor Lewan, Rodger Saffold, Ben Jones, Nate Davis and the to-be-named right tackle – Kendall Lamm, Ty Sambrailo or, possibly, Dillion Radunz – has barely been together, if at all, because of injuries, rehab and rest.

“No,” Mike Vrabel said when I asked if time’s running out on some of these needed developments.

But without timetables for return on key pieces, yes, yes, it’s running out. They will make the most of it, plugging guys in when they are ready. It's not going to be the same as having had a lot of time to synch people up.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Time and time again, as Derrick Henry stands behind the podium, someone takes a crack at a legacy question.

It’s not that reporters think Henry will step out of the moment and suddenly look at his career up to now and consider what’s to come and make a pronouncement about where he thinks he will stand in NFL history.

Derrick Henry runs at Tennessee Titans practice in Nashville.

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It’s more an attempt to chip away, see if he might offer a bit more than he has about what his place in the game means to him and will mean to him. He talks once a week, but before Monday he had hardly practiced, so there has not been much in terms of current events to discuss.

“I’m sure those guys whose names I’ve been mentioned with probably did the same when they played, focus on right now, focus on how I can be better and focus on this team,” he said. “And that’s my focus every day. It’s having tunnel vision… not worrying about anything outside of anything we have going on here.”

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NASHVILLE, Tenn., -- The fate of two Titans wide receiver draft picks will be determined between now and Aug. 31 at 3 p.m. CT.

The team’s surprising show of depth behind A.J. Brown and Julio Jones is going to make things tough on fourth-rounder Dez Fitzpatrick, for whom the Titans traded up, and sixth-rounder Racey McMath.

Dez Fitzpatrick, Tennessee Titans

Fitzpatrick (pictured) endured major struggles early, took even public criticism from Mike Vrabel and revived himself some with a couple of catches in Tampa, including a 23-yard touchdown.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Ryan Jansen and Ali Marpet dug in at the snap, two high-quality interior offensive linemen who are part of the defending Super Bowl champions.

With Tom Brady fielding a shotgun snap behind them and starting to survey the field, the duo worked together to slow one man.

Jefferey Simmons, Tennessee Titans

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No, Jeffery Simmons didn’t get to the NFL’s three-time MVP and five-time Super Bowl MVP. But he did start low, churn his legs, show great upper-body strength and push Jansen and Marpet back, helping move the line of scrimmage and influence the play during one of the joint Titans-Bucs practices last week.

As Simmons looks to be a more disruptive pass-rusher in his third year, rounding out his very solid run defense, he’s going to have to do so despite frequent double-teams.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- In case you missed it, we chatted about all that's going on with the Titans with two preseason games in the books.

Paul Kuharsky Live BroadcastAmong the topics we hit: Elijah Molden's breakout game, how the receivers stack up and Logan Woodside vs. Matt Barkley.

Additionally, we discussed what awaits the Titans with Mike Vrabel out, for at least a couple days, with Covid-19 and we remembered former GM Floyd Reese, who passed away on Saturday.

Bring a beer, bring a cocktail, bring an orange juice, bring a coffee and join me as you rewatch or listen in.

You can view it on our private Facebook page, or head below for YouTube.

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