Tennessee Titans fill out 10-man practice squad
After cutting the roster down to 53 players, the Tennessee Titans filled out their practice squad before the end of the long weekend.
The Tennessee Titans made a couple of surprise moves when they trimmed their roster down to 53 players on Saturday. Those moves gave credence to the thought that more moves, by way of waiver claims, were coming, but that isn’t the case. While no changes to the active roster are in the works, the Titans have rounded out their practice squad by adding 10 players to the fold.
Dalyn Dawkins, RB
One of the players who really took advantage of his opportunities in preseason, Dawkins leapfrogged notable UDFA Akrum Wadley throughout the preseason and got a lot more run than the Iowa product. The diminutive Dawkins showed some power in his runs and displayed smooth pass-catching ability. He finished the preseason with 89 yards on 30 carries, while adding 26 yards on three receptions.
Robert Spillane, LB
Spillane captured the hearts of many during preseason games, showcasing the classical toughness you look for in a linebacker, as well as some underrated coverage skills. The UDFA recorded 25 tackles, 1.0 sack, two PBUs and an interception in four preseason games. The Titans will be ecstatic to be able to stash him on the practice squad after his August performance.
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Logan Woodside, QB
While sixth-round pick Luke Falk didn’t work out, the Titans will be giving a chance to a fellow classmate of Falk’s. Woodside was drafted in the seventh round this past year by the Cincinnati Bengals, but couldn’t beat out Jeff Driskel for the backup job. Woodside was a standout at Toledo, setting school records for passing yards and touchdowns. Woodside is mobile and has a good feel within muddied pockets, but his arm is lacking a bit of juice.
Damon Webb, S
Webb played under Titans secondary coach Kerry Coombs at Ohio State and was brought in as a UDFA. Webb made plays when given the chance during the preseason and did more than enough to warrant a practice squad nod. Coombs will be happy to be able to keep working with Webb and turn him into a potential contributor down the road.
Joshua Kalu, CB
The versatile defensive back from Nebraska made seven tackles in the final preseason game and showed adept coverage skills. If an injury to a cornerback were to happen, Kalu would be the first man up, as he’s the only other cornerback on the practice squad.
Tyler Marz, OL
A UDFA out of Offensive Line U in Wisconsin, Marz will spend his second season on the Titans’ practice squad in 2018. He has never really flashed in the preseason, but he hasn’t made grave mistakes, something that coaches admire. Marz blocked for one of the best running games in college football with Melvin Gordon at RB.
Jerome Cunningham, TE
This will be Cunningham’s third year on the Titans’ practice squad. Cunningham blocked a punt in the final preseason game, but didn’t play much on offense and didn’t record a catch. At 27 years old, he’s simply a practice body at this point.
Coleman Shelton, OL
Shelton played all along the offensive line for the Washington Huskies, but he is a bit undersized for even the guard spots at 6-3, 292 with 31 1/2″ arms. He’ll be a developmental project for offensive line coach Keith Carter.
Austin Proehl, WR
The son of former Super Bowl Champion WR Ricky Proehl, Austin was drafted in the seventh round by the Buffalo Bills in 2018 but couldn’t crack the roster. Proehl was an efficient receiver at North Carolina who could play both inside and outside.
Deon Simon, DL
Simon is the most experienced of the group, having spent time on the New York Jets’ active roster from 2015-2017. A 6-4, 332 run plugger, Simon made 23 tackles and recorded 1.5 sacks over three years in New York. Given the Titans are only keeping five defensive linemen on the roster, Simon has a chance to get playing time as the season goes on.