October 9, 2011; Pittsburgh,PA, USA: Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) looks to pass under pressure by Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Shaun Smith (93) as guard Doug Legursky (center) pass protects during the first quarter at Heinz Field. The Steelers won 38-17. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USPRESSWIRE

Tennessee Titans: Shaun Smith Wants to Play Better

The Tennessee Titans DT Shaun Smith was not pleased with his performance this last season and has been working on his fitness to up his game for this next season. It’s a good idea for Smith, who could be on the wrong side of the roster bubble this year as the Titans added another big guy up front in this years draft, as well as another in free agency.

Smith has been doing hot yoga this offseason and has lost 22 pounds thus far. That brings him down to 340 lbs from 362 lbs.

Nate Dunlevy of BleacherReport.com marked Shaun Smith as his AFC South crush of the week. Though it’s nothing personal against Dunlevy or Smith, the articleis a bit of fluff.

He puts a lot of happy, positive things in his article. The cold hard fact remains that despite how nice of a person Smith may be, he’s getting paid to play football and he hasn’t been playing up to his contract. The Titans look to have three solid DT’s there already with Casey, Klug, and Martin. Sen’Derrick Marks is coming into a contract year and the Titans also have DaJohn Harris who they got as an UDFA. Harris could have been a mid-round pick had teams not been scared away by some heart issues.

All of these players pose a threat to Smith’s chances of sticking on the roster. That’s not even all the guys that are in the running for that position.

Hot yoga is a good start but Smith has a lot more challenges in his way. We’ll just have to see if he can step up to the challenge.

 

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