The Tennessee Titans will cut their roster down to 53 players on Saturday.
While the cuts have already begun, the Tennessee Titans will officially trim their roster down to 53 on Saturday, with the deadline to do so being at 3 p.m. CDT.
Here are some of the biggest names to look for as that process comes to a close.
The former third-round pick did not do much to impress during the preseason, but he did sit out the finale. That either means Taylor is safe, or he could be on his way out the door via trade. If Taylor doesn’t make the 53-man roster because of either of the aforementioned scenarios, Kalif Raymond should be the one to take his spot.
Mack was another player who didn’t take part in the fourth preseason game. After having a standout training camp and preseason, the UDFA out of Chattanooga looks to be a lock at this point. With the Titans expected to carry five defensive lineman, Mack could be pushing someone out.
Head coach Mike Vrabel wouldn’t rule out Simmons being on the initial 53-man roster, and he made it clear the Mississippi State product is far ahead of schedule. If the Titans do put him on the 53, it means Simmons will play this year and could be back sooner rather than later.
Another training camp and preseason standout, McNichols has done everything necessary to survive the Titans’ final roster cuts, although he did play in every preseason game. David Fluellen is healthy, so McNichols will need Tennessee to carry four backs if he wants to stick.
The Titans signed Urban during the offseason, and it was thought he was pretty certain to make the roster. The former Baltimore Raven was on the field on Thursday night, which could signify he isn’t as safe as we thought, or he was just filling a position of need for the last game.
A starter along last year’s defensive line, Johnson was one third of the Titans starting defensive line in the preseason finale. From what we’ve seen, there have been at least some improvements in Johnson’s game during the preseason, and we fully expect him to make the roster.
Like Urban and Johnson, Dickerson started in Preseason Week 4. If not for Mack, Dickerson likely would have been locked in as a backup. Now, things aren’t so certain for him, and he’s certainly the least safe out of the defensive lineman we’ve discussed here.
Raymond’s spot on this roster is totally dependent on what happens to Taylor. The Titans will likely carry six receivers, and Raymond would be No. 6 if Taylor departs. Raymond also holds value as a solid returner, which he showed on top of his receiving chops during the preseason.