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.