The Paul Kuharsky PodcastNASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Many of you have requested a return of the podcast, so with the Titans closed today, traveling tomorrow and playing in Baltimore Thursday night it seemed like the right time for the restart.

We will fire it up weekly and can find the pod at iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher and Vokal.

We open with the annual joke of an unofficial depth chart -- which actually isn't as bad as usual.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – When the Titans landed third-round target Nicholas Petit-Frere on schedule, 69th overall, the reviews said he came into the league with great feet but in need of work on his hands.

Petit FrereThe well-spoken, 6-foot-5, 319-pound offensive tackle has made great gains in that department. He's now three practices into his turn as the starting right tackle after watching 2021 second-rounder Dillon Radunz start off at the front of the line.

NPF got off to a rousing start Friday in a 2-minute drill, handling Harold Landry a few times and DeMarcus Walker in another chance in very physical fashion.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Chance Campbell stepped up into a hole and thumped a running back in a red-zone drill Sunday and a media colleague took notice, pointing it out to me.

We said what a nice first- and second-down player he might grow to be but how we wouldn’t want him on the field in passing situations. Then Campbell promptly chased Chig Okonkwo to the back left corner of the end zone and broke up a pass.

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Two reporters raised eyebrows and shrugged shoulders at each other.

It’s been that kind of camp for the Titans 2022 draft class.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. --  Happy Saturday and happy Titans' day off.

I know you may not be as excited about it as I am, but trust me, it's big!

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Questions about the rookie class were very popular, so I will do a stand-alone post on that very soon. Here is the best of the rest to give you your Titans fix before they resume work.

Thanks as always for your contributions and interest.

DeWayne Gee Traditionally, the Titans keep 5 to 7 WRs on the 53. How many do you think will make it this year and who ? (Bobby Trees, Burks, Philips, NWI, McMath for spec teams, Roberson??…)

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans’ physicality extends everywhere on their team.

We aren’t going to find a lot of finesse at receiver.

I’ve gotten questions about Treylon Burks testing the limits with push-offs in some of the camp highlights that have hit social media.Treylon Burks vs. Roger McCreary

Mike Vrabel is giving the rookie and everyone in the group a great deal of latitude when it comes to their interactions with defensive backs.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Among the new players on the field for the Titans in camp, defensive lineman DeMarcus Walker doesn’t rate highly in the profile department.

But he’s working at a position where there are really only two roster locks in Jeffery Simmons and Denico Autry, and the Titans regard Autry as an outside linebacker in many ways.

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DeMarcus Walker knifes through teammates during a defensive line drill.

At 6-foot-4, 280-pounds, Walker isn’t going to be the nose tackle, but he could easily be the next guy at tackle or end after Simmons and Autry while the Titans sort through the rest of their young options at a position where they finished last season carrying six players on the active roster.

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Mike Herndon: How metrics view Titans' pass rush, what that could mean for 2022

By MIKE HERNDON, columnist

The Titans' defense made an enormous leap in performance last season and largely carried the team to the 12-5 record it earned while a hobbled offense took multiple steps back.

The defense jumped from 24th in points allowed in 2020 to sixth in 2021 and from 29th in defensive DVOA to 12th.


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If you asked most followers of the team for the catalyst behind that improvement, an improved pass rush that jumped from an anemic 19 sacks in 2020 to 43 sacks in 2021 as the primary driver.

A few weeks ago, ruffled some two-tone feathers by ranking the Titans' defensive line and linebackers as the 20th best front-7 in the NFL coming into the 2022 season.

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