The Tennessee Titans might still be in the market for a blocking tight end for the 2019 season.
Even after the signing of tight end Ryan Hewitt, the Tennessee Titans might still be looking for another tight end.
The subject of blocking tight ends is never sexy, but they are an important part of any NFL team. Despite having some options on the roster, the Titans could be on the lookout for more after the departure of Luke Stocker to the Atlanta Falcons earlier in the offseason.
In a move made a few weeks ago, the Titans added the former Indianapolis Colts tight end—and in a corresponding move, waived Keith Trowbridge—to add to their stable.
Well, that might not be enough for Tennessee to stand pat. Paul Kuharsky believes the team will still be looking out for more options.
"Prediction 3: The Titans will continue to look to upgrade tight end depth."
The Titans have been active on the backup tight end market this offseason, but have lost out on other tight ends such as Lee Smith (Buffalo Bills) and Jordan Leggett (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), per Kuharsky.
Aside from Hewitt and the usual suspects in Delanie Walker and Jonnu Smith, the Titans also have Anthony Firkser and MyCole Pruitt on the roster at the position.
It seems Pruitt could be the top option for the blocking role and No. 3 tight end at the moment after he posted a better pass-blocking grade than any of the aforementioned players. However, Pruitt only played 14 pass-blocking snaps last season for the Titans.
Because of the need for at least some ability as a pass-catcher, Kuharsky believes that Pruitt isn’t the answer and wasn’t sufficient in that area last season. Also, his chemistry with quarterback Marcus Mariota seemed off.
As Kuharsky points out, Hewitt had a better run-blocking grade in 2018 than any of the tight ends mentioned, so he is a possibility as well.
We’ll see if the Titans decide to stick with Pruitt or if they continue to look elsewhere for an answer.