Tennessee Titans have a new nickel CB

NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 24:Corner Back Tye Smith
NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 24:Corner Back Tye Smith /

Tennessee Titans have moved on from Brice McCain.

I don’t know if it is due to injury, quality of practice, film, etc. but the Tennessee Titans have a new starting CB: Tye Smith.

This isn’t some article on quality or anything, it is pretty clear. With no real injury to speak of, Brice McCain played 0 snaps last week in the biggest game of the year while Smith played 53 (more than Logan Ryan).

In case you don’t know about Tye Smith, we don’t blame you. With names like Adoree Jackson, Logan Ryan, LeShaun Sims, and Kalan Reed, there were plenty of young CBs on the roster that looked like promising starters.

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Smith was actually with the Seattle Seahawks for two years, then he spent a year on the Washington Redskins PS before finding his way to Nashville.

The play I remember him for is his interception of Jay Cutler this year. It wasn’t a crazy play or anything, but it was the only snap he had on defense all day. That is a really weird statline to end the day with.

The Titans seem to be trending towards Smith being the starter outside on downs where they want to bring Logan Ryan inside, which is an idea that I like.

If (and it is a big if) Smith pans out as a decent starter, it would be big for Tennessee. They will probably target a CB in the draft this year or in FA, so they would have that player combined with Logan Ryan and Adoree Jackson to make up the starting 3.

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Beyond that they would have two capable corners in Sims and Smith who could step in if there was an injury or anything. That is depth that the Titans haven’t had at DB in a long time, maybe ever.

So, if you are wanting an under the radar player to watch on Saturday, Smith may be the name to find.