Some interesting and positive news for the Tennessee Titans today.
And just like that, the Tennessee Titans have everyone off of the PUP list aside from Jeffery Simmons.
The Titans announced that kicker Ryan Succop and tight end Jonnu Smith are coming off of the PUP list today after missing the training camp portion of the preseason.
"Succop and Smith spent the offseason recovering from injuries, working on a side field and inside Saint Thomas Sports Park under the supervision of trainers and coaches."
Obviously this is great news. Both were medically cleared and now are ready to practice fully and participate in team activities (or whatever it is that kickers do during those periods. I want to say…golf?).
The big question for me is, does this change the Titans plans at tight end?
We knew that Succop was going to be the kicker this year, but Jonnu Smith is coming off of an ACL injury and we saw last year how those things can impact a player. Jack Conklin went from an All Pro tackle to basically needing to be benched at the end of the year because he came back too quickly.
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Jonnu Smith is certainly a welcome addition to the roster, but it isn’t like the cupboard was completely bare at the position. I believe that the Titans could have made it the extra few weeks he might need to recover even more, with guys like Delanie Walker, Anthony Firkser and MyCole Pruitt.
All this does is make the roster even harder to project because now someone like Firkser who doesn’t do a ton of special teams is at risk of being cut when the Titans could have just kept Smith on PUP to save that roster spot until the season got here.
Smith really developed into a quality tight end last year, and I think he can definitely shine in his TE2 role but fans should be concerned about how this will change the role that Anthony Firkser plays on this team if he even makes the team.
It would be a real waste to not capitalize on Firkser after his great preseason last year and his standout season off the bench in 2018.