Sub-radar Tennessee Titans that may start or play key roles by Week 1

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Tennessee Titans TE Tommy Hudson

Coming into training camp the roles for the Titans were clear, even though they might have been a little too obvious.

Anthony Firkser was going to be a receiving tight end who could line up in multiple spots and who could maybe give you a little bit of blocking. Geoff Swaim was going to be the blocking tight end that you paired with a tackle to get the job done and maybe along the way he would catch a pass or two per game.

Unfortunately, like Josh Reynolds, Geoff Swaim has missed a lot of time in training camp.

While everyone should support keeping players on the shelf as long as they need during training camp, the danger for the player is that someone younger comes along and takes your spot on the roster.

It appears that right now Tommy Hudson is doing all the right things and improving enough to earn a real shot at the roster.

There is a major loophole that I need to talk about here. If the Titans want to risk it, they could release a player like Tommy Hudson and then after the 53-man roster is announced, they could place Geoff Swaim on short-term I.R.

By doing that, they could make sure Swaim was at 100% and it would push this decision off three weeks. After they make that move, they could immediately sign Hudson back to the roster and he would be in line to start as the blocking tight end.