Tennessee Titans Hot Take 53-man roster

KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 31: Offensive guard Corey Levin
KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 31: Offensive guard Corey Levin /

Get ready, here is how I would build my Tennessee Titans 53-man roster.

It is that time of year. The time of year where we have to watch the Tennessee Titans cut someone that we all really like.

This year will be harder than others because for the first time there is enough talent on this team to make almost every position hard.

Some players won’t make it due to a number crunch, others won’t do it because of scheme fits. Either way, here is how I would build the Titans 53- man roster.

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QB: Marcus Mariota, Matt Cassel (2)

Last man cut: Tyler Ferguson

I think this one is pretty easy. Mariota is a blue-chip, franchise QB that teams would give up multiple first round picks and then some to get.

Matt Cassel has been a steady backup. His win last year vs the Houston Texans and his preseason have shown that he deserves this role.

RB: DeMarco Murray, Derrick Henry, Jalston Fowler (3)

Last man cut: David Fluellen

Again this one was easy to me. I don’t think you need to keep three running backs if you have an athletic fullback that can do everything, but more on him later.

DeMarco Murray is the true RB1 on this team and Derrick Henry is going to be a very good RB2, though he has struggled some this preseason.

I think Fowler has a great skill set. He is a good lead blocker who can line up in the wing, on the line at tight end, in the backfield or wherever you want him. He is athletic enough to carry the ball in a pinch too.

His skills as a special teams player will seal his spot on the roster though, even if the rest of this fails to do so.

Wide Receiver: Corey Davis, Rishard Matthews, Eric Decker, Taywan Taylor, Tajae Sharpe, Harry Douglas, Eric Weems (7)

Last man cut: Tre McBride

The first five are a lock, so let’s talk about Harry Douglas and Eric Weems.

Harry Douglas is one of the most well like players I can ever remember. He does his job on the field at a good enough level and players and coaches mention him as a leader.

He has the versatility to play in the slot or on the boundary, so that is another feather in his cap. While he will be inactive most weeks, he is a good backup to have.

Weems is going to start out this season starting on every special teams unit. Whether he is a return man, upback, blocker, or whatever else, he is going to be a great utility player for this team.

Tre McBride was a tough cut, but I just don’t think the Titans will keep him as much as I want them to. He is likely going to catch on for another team and end up as their version of Harry Douglas.

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  • Tight End: Delanie Walker, Jonnu Smith, Philip Supernaw (3)

    Last man cut: Jace Amaro

    I don’t think this is surprising, the only thing of note is that I think Smith will see the bulk of the TE2 snaps after a stellar preseason.

    Offensive line: Taylor Lewan, Quinton Spain, Ben Jones, Josh Kline, Jack Conklin, Dennis Kelly, Corey Levin (7)

    Last man cut: Tim Lelito

    All of the players above I think are locks for this roster, but I think the 8th spot on the OL will come in free agency.

    Tim Lelito is a fine guard, but I don’t think he can play center as well as Levin and he doesn’t have his upside or his long, cheap contract. He could actually make the 53-man roster, but I could see them adding an outside player instead.

    Defensive line: DaQuan Jones, Antwaun Woods, Jurrell Casey, Karl Klug, Austin Johnson, Angelo Blackson, DAVID KING


    Last man cut: Sylvester Williams

    This one was tough. Williams is good enough to be a sixth man on most teams, but if I am being honest I just haven’t seen enough to put him in over any of these other guys.

    He ended up in a battle with Angelo Blackson, but last night they both played and Blackson just made more plays. That plus my previous opinions of the players made me give the nod to Blackson.

    David King was a trade the Titans made today. I have no idea who he is, but I know that he is a lock to make the roster and he is listed as a DL.

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    EDGE: Derrick Morgan, Brian Orakpo, Erik Walden, Aaron Wallace, Josh Carraway (5)

    Last man cut: Kevin Dodd

    I just don’t see Kevin Dodd as a fit in this scheme. He is a base-end in a 4-3 and he just has to think/drop into coverage too much for this team.

    He needs a defense where he can play outside on the weakside of the OL or slide in to 3-tech in certain situations. The Titans should really try to move him to get a pick and to set him up for success.

    Josh Carraway and Aaron Wallace are the speed rushers that the Titans haven’t had since Jason Babin and they could fill a void in this defense.

    Linebacker: Avery Williamson, Wesley Woodyard, Jayon Brown, Darren Bates, Nate Palmer (5)

    Last man cut: Justin Staples

    I kept an extra linebacker here just because those generally make the best special teams players. Also, Palmer has the versatility to play inside and out which really helps his case.

    Cornerback: Logan Ryan, Adoree Jackson, LeShaun Sims, Brice McCain, Kalan Reed (5)

    Last man cut: Demontre Hurst

    No surprise here really. I guess before the preseason it would have been strange to see Reed above Hurst but now it looks easy.

    Safety: Kevin Byard, Johnathan Cyprien, Da’Norris Searcy, Brynden Trawick, Curtis Riley (5)

    Last man cut: Denzel Johnson

    Curtis Riley is versatile and can play CB in a pinch. Again, versatility and special teams are the qualities and abilities that keep those bottom-5 guys on the roster.

    Specialists: Brett Kern, Ryan Succop, Beau Brinkley

    One last note:

    You may notice that those positions only add up to 52 men. That is because I believe that the Tennessee Titans will add another player through the waiver process. I think that will probably come on the interior OL, but I could see other positions swapping players and Tim Lelito staying on.