In a flurry of roster moves on Wednesday, Tennessee Titans third-string quarterback Charlie Whitehurst became a victim of the numbers game. Former head coach Ken Whisenhunt liked Whitehurst, and he had to know when interim head coach Mike Mularkey took over last Tuesday that his days on the sidelines were numbered.
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He was activated this year only during the two games that Marcus Mariota was recovering from an MCL strain he obtained in the loss to the Miami Dolphins.
Whitehurst started five games for the Titans in 2014, and played in seven games. He completed 105-of-185 passes for 1,326 yards and seven touchdowns, with only two interceptions.
The remainder of the games this year, he was on the sidelines, but was inactive.
Whitehurst’s spot on the active roster was given to rookie running back, David Cobb who has been on the “Injured Reserve-Desiginated to Return” list with a calf injury he acquired during the preseason.
Cobb was taken during the fifth round of the 2015 draft, and his return is further proof that the Titans are committed to running the football in an effort to protect their franchise quarterback and give the team a better chance to move the chains.
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Cobb has gotten his weight down to 225 and is “lean and mean” and is ready to return to action.
"“I’m kind of like a new car on the road,” Cobb said with a smile. “I am excited. For me, I have waited my whole life to play a snap in the NFL so whatever it is, I’ll be happy.”"
Bishop Sankey had lost favor with Ken Whisenhunt after fumbling kickoff returns on more than one occasion, and Mularkey has said he may be inactive for this week against the Carolina Panthers.
It sounds like he may be on his way out of Music City as well.
In addition to the moves on the 53-man roster, the Titans also added linebacker J.R. Tavai and tight end Kevin Greene to the practice squad.
Tavai was signed as an undrafted free agent during the spring, and was injured in the teams first preseason game with the Atlanta Falcons.
The Titans agreed to an injury settlement with Tavai shortly after being placed on injured reserve and he is now eligible to re-sign with the team. He was a two-year starter at the University of Southern California.
Greene (6-3, 242) entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the San Francisco 49ers following the 2014 NFL Draft. He spent time on the practice squad with both the Cincinnati Bengals and Carolina Panthers last season and went through training camp this year with the Chicago Bears. Greene was a linebacker/defensive end for the majority of his college career at the University of Southern California, before moving to tight end as a senior.