Tennessee Titans protect 4 players before Denver Broncos game
By Ravi Konjeti
Kicker Tucker McCann
Keeping a kicker on the practice squad says a lot about Tennessee’s special teams. After posting arguably the worst field goal kicking season last year, the Titans revamped their starting place kicker this past week by signing long-time Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski.
The Titans signed Greg Joseph late last season. Joseph only attempted one field goal attempt in his time with the Titans, but made all his extra point attempts. While Joseph is a decent kicker, Gostkowski is an all-time kicker if he is healthy.
However, given Gostkowski’s recent injury streak, Tennessee kept Tucker McCann on the practice squad and used one of their protected slots on him. McCann is a rookie and gives the Titans a little bit of a cushion in case the Gostkowski experiment goes sideways.
The young McCann can spend time with Tennessee and continue practicing and getting good reps while learning from Gostkowski. This will be a good opportunity to groom McCann into a future placekicker for the Titans. There have been discussions of even activating McCann and using him for kickoffs.
Given how thin the kicker market is, if Tennessee really feels optimistic on McCann, then this is a necessary move.