Tennessee Titans release three players: Thoughts on each one

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The second Monday of May was relatively quiet on the Tennessee Titans front, but if you’re a fan of the two-tone blue, you probably were under the impression that it wouldn’t stay that way. Well, it probably goes without being said, but you were right.

Tennessee has gone the route of juggling their roster again after they announce the release of a trio of prospects from the 2021 player’s roster. You know how these things work. They could be reacquired at some point, but for now, they’re on the hunt for some new surroundings.

Here’s what’s happened and a few random thoughts if you’re a Tennessee Titans fan.

None of these names would qualify as earth-shattering releases, but they’re definitely worth mentioning. As the write-up on the Titans’ official website states, all of these guys spent time on Tennessee’s practice squad or active roster or both in 2020.

Matthew Orzech, long snapper: It always feels like a long snapper is indispensable until you need one. Then, their importance gets discussed much more often.

Matthew Orzech didn’t see any on-field action for the Miami Dolphins or Tennessee Titans that was worth mentioning in 2020, but he was on the field for 136 snaps for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2019, roughly 31 percent of the team’s total.

Nate Orchard, outside linebacker/defensive end hybrid:

A Tennessee Titans team that desperately needed to generate a pass rush in 2020 and was never able to do so with any consistency made a lot of moves to make sure that wouldn’t be an issue heading into the 2021 season.

That includes the addition of Bud Dupree and Denico Autry during the free agency period and the selection of Rashad Weaver in the most recent NFL Draft. Unfortunately for Nate Orchard, it doesn’t appear that he’ll be a part of Tennessee’s long-term plans moving forward.

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Parker Hesse, tight end:

This one’s a little surprising. Some saw Parker Hesse as someone who could battle for the third tight end spot behind Geoff Swaim and Anthony Firkser even though he hasn’t registered a single catch in his NFL career. Now, with his release, the Titans have Swaim, Firkser, Tommy Hudson, and Jared Pinkney remaining on the roster. We’ll have to wait and see if anything changes in the coming days.