It’s really going to get interesting now. The Tennessee Titans‘ 2021 preseason rolls on, and as you might expect, guys are being shuffled on and off of the roster. Two games remain on the preseason slate, and the calendar is turned to August 17th which means every NFL team had to trim itself from the allowable limit of 90 men down to 85.
The Titans, since August 11th have continued to fine-tune both the offensive and defensive unit. Let’s take a look at every addition that has been reported since that time and add a few thoughts on each guy.
Tennessee Titans player tracker: Every addition/subtraction since August 11th
Gabe Holmes, tight end, August 11th
Gabe Holmes is a former undrafted free agent that has spent time with the then-Oakland Raiders, the Seattle Seahawks, the Baltimore Ravens, the Arizona Cardinals, the Indianapolis Colts, and the Miami Dolphins. He’s appeared in ten career games with the Cards and has been a starter in four of them. He was released when Tennessee added another tight end, Deon Yelder, on August 15th. Grade: D
Tedric Thompson, safety, August 12th
Tedric Thompson has 38 games with 17 starts on his NFL resume with all of his on-field time coming as a member of the Seattle Seahawks and Kansas City Chiefs. That includes one playoff game. The result has been 98 total tackles, a forced fumble, five pass breakups, and three interceptions. Five days after his signing, Tennessee added him to the IR. Grade: C
Reggie Floyd, safety, August 12th
Reggie Floyd signed with the Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted free agent following the 2020 NFL Draft, but he was later released. He has yet to register his first tackle in the NFL in a game that counts. He was also released by the Titans four days after they signed him. Grade: D
Deon Yelder, tight end, August 15th
As mentioned earlier, Yelder replaced Holmes on the tight end depth chart. He was released a day later on August 16th. Grade: F
Clayton Geathers, safety, August 16th
Clayton Geathers has played 58 games, including what he’s done in the postseason and has been a starter in 36 of them. He has 264 total tackles, 11 pass breakups, two forced fumbles, and an interception on his NFL resume. He’s approaching 30 years of age, but he’s one of the more talented prospects in this recent crop of Tennessee Titans signings. Grade: B-
Bradley McDougald, safety, August 16th
The most experienced of this crop of signings, Bradley McDougald has 108 games of NFL experience, and he’s been a starter in 85 of them. This is someone that may actually surprise you and wind up on the roster. Grade: B
Nick Dzunbar, linebacker, August 16th
Here’s a familiar face. The Tennessee Titans added linebacker Nick Dzubnar who led the team in special teams tackles a year ago. He had 13 of them.
Also, as stated earlier, the Tennessee Titans said goodbye to Yelder and defensive back Reggie Floyd on August 16th. They also waived punter James Smith, and they announced that they were waiving defensive back Maurice Smith and placing defensive back Kevin Peterson on Injured Reserve.
On Tuesday, August 17th, Tennessee also announced that they were placing defensive lineman Trevon Coley and defensive back Tedric Thompson on the team’s injured reserve. The roster currently stands at 85 men. Grade: B
Jamal Carter, safety, August 18th
Since 2017, Jamal Carter has spent time on the Denver Broncos, Atlanta Falcons, and Arizona Cardinals rosters. He’s appeared in 28 games and has 26 total tackles on his professional resume.
On August 19th, Tennessee announced that they were adding Paul Adams back to the roster while moving Brent Qvalw to the injured reserve. Grade: C
The Titans waive three injured players: kicker Tucker McCann, offensive lineman Paul Adams, and offensive lineman Ross Reynolds. Defensive lineman DL Anthony Rush is placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list.
Also, according to multiple sources including Paul Kuharsky and Turron Davenport, the Titans have claimed defensive Freedom Akinmoladun from the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Titans announced that they’re waiving cornerback Kevin Peterson while placing linebacker Nick Dzubnar and running back Jeremy McNichols on the Reserve/COVID-19 list.
The Titans claim offensive lineman Derwin Gray off waivers and place OLB Harold Landry on their Reserve/COVID-19 List.
The Titans announced that they have released John Simon and Clayton Geathers. They also waived defensive lineman Freedom Akinmoladun, defensive back Nate Brooks, and linebacker Cassh Maluia. Running back Brian Hill was placed on the team’s IR. Ben Jones on the Reserve/COVID-19 list.
Tennessee adds guard Nate Davis to their Reserve/COVID-19 List while waiving offensive lineman Chandon Herring.
OL Cole Banwart, WR Fred Brown, and TE Jared Pinkney weren’t at practice on Tuesday, which could mean they’ve been waived. They’ve also waived RB Javian Hawkins and WR Mason Kinsey. In another move that’s surprising (well not really), the Titans waive 2021 fourth-round draft choice Dez Fitzpatrick. If he clears waivers, he could return as a member of the practice squad.
Jamal Carter is also gone.
September 4th: Ryan Tannehill and Jeremy McNichols are activated from Reserve/COVID-19 list. That one’s huge.
Check back here for updates.