The constant theme of the offseason was the lack of depth in the secondary for the Tennessee Titans. One of the solutions to this problem may already be on the roster. His name is Kalan Reed.
After being drafted in the seventh round in 2016 with the last pick of the draft, Kalan Reed may have an important role on the Tennessee Titans this season. Given the lack of depth on the roster, it is very possible that Reed will be the third- or fourth-string cornerback on the roster. It is likely that Logan Ryan and Adoree’ Jackson will be the starters in 2017. After that, the nickel back will likely be Brice McCain again. Although McCain is not the most inspiring option, he is a professional and is the next-best option on the roster. The other options are competing for the final spots on the roster. Kalan Reed may be leading the way to the fourth cornerback position.
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Throughout the preseason, he has looked pretty decent. Granted, most of the rest of the Titans secondary is underwhelming, but Reed looks decent. He has consistently made tackles in the games against the Jets and Panthers this preseason. The preseason is tough to gauge because the competition is lesser. The fact of the matter is that the Titans need to give Reed a shot at showing his skills. It is also possible Reed may get exposed against tougher competition.
No Other Options
At this point, there are no other exciting options on the roster. If the Titans do not go out and make a move to improve the roster, they will have to go with someone currently employed by Tennessee. Reed is fast and has a nose for tackling. He also fits into the Titans’ scheme and atmosphere. In college, Reed stood out for Southern Mississippi. According to Titans Online, Reed had 8 interceptions in college and 3 were returned for touchdowns. In his four college seasons, he also had 152 tackles in 39 career starts. All-in-all, an open competition is still happening for the final roster spots on the Titans. Reed may be the answer or he may not, but he deserves the first crack at the job.