July 30, 2010; Westminster, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Lamar Divens (96) during drills at McDaniel College. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE

Tennessee Titans Get Bigger on Defensive Line: Sign DT Lamar Divens


The Tennessee Titans have gotten even bigger on the defensive line with the signing of 340 pound DT Lamar Divens yesterday. Titans defensive coordinator likes bigger defensive lineman and this obviously goes along with that.

The 26 year old Divens entered the league in 2008 as an undrafted free agent and was signed by the San Diego Chargers, only to be let go during training camp.  He was picked up by the Ravens after that and spent his time there at the bottom of the depth chart, recording playing time in only five games with the Ravens. After 2010, the Ravens released Divens and he found his way to the Buccaneers practice squad.

Divens has yet to record a stat, besides recording his limited playing time. No sacks, tackles, passes defended, or anything of the likes. That’s not always the most promising of signs.

So lets do this. Lets give an optimistic look at the signing and a pessimistic one.

Optimistic: Divens just hasn’t been put in a system he can flourish in and has been behind some talented players. The Chargers signed him to play in a 3-4 defense and that just didn’t suit his skill set. Maybe he can blossom playing next to Jurrell Casey and Karl Klug. He’s got good size and might at least be a decent depth signing for the Titans.

Pessimistic: No stats recorded while going into his fifth year in the NFL? Devins will just be a camp body, nothing more. With Jason Jones being in the middle of contract talks with the Titans and Jurrell Casey, Karl Klug, Shaun Smith, Zach Clayton, and Sen’Derrick Marks all there, there isn’t even room on the  53-man roster for another DT.

Personally, I’d say it’s the latter of those two options, but it’s always nice to be a little optimistic.

 

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  • Drake

    I think Lamar Divens will replace Sen’Derrick Marks at some point next season because Sen’Derrick Marks just hasn’t been productive and he is injury prone.

  • http://www.justinlstewart.com/ jstitansized

    @Drake I think Mark improved a lot over the last season. It’ll be interesting to see what happens with Divens.

  • dtm586

    Sen’Derrick Marks will get the nod because of his draft status alone. Divens will probably be nothing more than a practice squad body until there is an injury along the line. But i’ll be rooting for him especially since he’s a home town kid.

  • http://www.justinlstewart.com/ jstitansized

    @dtm586 Yeah. I think we’ll all be rooting for him. At least he’s been with some of the leagues best defensive linemen. Maybe some of that has rubbed off on him… Can’t wait to see what this defense is looking like after the draft.

  • dtm586

    @jstitansized Would love to see an O-Line selected 1st round and then heavy on defense. A top stud safety would be sweet, someone to anchor the backfield especially if Finny walks. So yeah the defense needs some major upgrades but we should know more soon.

  • http://www.justinlstewart.com/ jstitansized

    @dtm586 Yeah that was my original thought. Then I decided they should take a safety first. I just posted a seven round draft today http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1067392-2012-nfl-mock-draft-tennessee-titans-seven-rounds

  • dtm586

    @js yeah not a bad mock at all – I like the barron pick and then they still get an upgrade in the 2nd with jones. With Hope done and Griffin playing two hand touch, a stud safety would be ideal.

  • http://www.justinlstewart.com/ jstitansized

    @dtm586 @JS Yeah. I feel like it’d be a big step up for this team. Need to start getting those turnovers again.

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