The Titans have officially trimmed the roster down to 53, and with a few surprise cuts as well. Let’s look at a few of the candidates who could make for great practice squad depth.
Teams are only allowed to have 10 players on its practice squad. Before we start picking out names let’s look at what traits make for a good practice squad member.
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• Youth. You don’t want older guys who will never develop into much of anything. These are the guys you’re hoping improve and challenge for a roster spot one day.
• Versatility. Because you’re only allowed to have ten guys, you’re going to want guys who can do different things.
• Attitude. This may not seem like a big deal, but you need guys out there who aren’t going to hold a grudge for not making the team. You need guys out there who want to help make your team better.
Alex Ellis/ Jerome Cunningham (TE)
Both of these guys are young players, in fact Alex Ellis is an undrafted rookie out of Tennessee. Tight end is a great position to have on your practice squad. Not only can they get involved in your blocking scheme, but they can also help your team by running routes and catching passes.
J.R. Tavai (OLB)
I personally was really high on this guy making the 53 man roster. He has one year of NFL experience coming out of USC. He’s a bit undersized, but he is a highly athletic ball hawk at the outside linebacker position. I was very impressed with his awareness in preseason games.
Curtis Riley/Kalan Reed (DB)
Both of these guys are young players. Kalan Reed was a 7th round pick in this year’s draft and recorded two interceptions in this year’s preseason games. Curtis Riley was an undrafted rookie last year, and was receiving rave reviews until an injury sidelined him for the year.
Antwaun Woods (NT)
Woods went undrafted in this year’s draft. He came in and was a dominant run stopper in the preseason. Many had him pegged to make the final roster, but that didn’t happen. He’d be great to have stashed away for a few years while he develops.
David Fluellen (RB)
David Fluellen has been a member of the Titans practice squad for the last few years, so I’d say he has the right attitude. At the running back position, he can help in pass blocking, route running, and even carrying the rock in practice.
That’s my list. Remember these guys have to clear waivers first, and the Titans can also add guys that clear waivers from other teams to the practice squad.