The hits just keep on coming for this Tennessee Titans team. For the second time in as many seasons, COVID-19 has bitten into this proud franchise’s roster. Coaches and players have been placed on the sideline as a result. Here we go again with a story that’s become all too familiar, one that fans and members of this team’s leadership structure have gotten sick of hearing about or reading.
On the day of Tennessee’s final preseason game versus the Chicago Bears, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero announced the Titans are adding two more names to their COVID-19 list. This time, we’re talking about rookie wide receiver Racey McMath and wide receivers coach Rob Moore. Take a look:
This is extremely bad news for the Tennessee Titans’ rookie receiver.
As most of you know, the Reserve/COVID-19 list houses the names of players and coaches that have either tested positive for Coronavirus or have been in close contact with someone that has. Their names can only be removed once they’ve provided two negative tests in a 48-hour period or they’ve spent more than ten days on the list.
McMath and Moore join head coach Mike Vrabel, QB Ryan Tannehill, DT Anthony Rush, RB Jeremy McNichols, LB Harold Landry, and TE Geoff Swaim. This is a huge blow to McMath’s hopes of making the Tennessee Titans 53-man roster as he needed a strong finish in the preseason finale to have a chance.
Look at things this way. Julio Jones, A.J. Brown, and Josh Reynolds are all assured of a roster spot. If Tennessee keeps six on the active roster for the regular season on gamedays, one might imagine that Mason Kinsey, Chester Rodgers, Marcus Johnson, and Dez Fitzpatrick are all ahead of McMath on the depth chart.
If that theory is accurate, and there’s reason to assume that it is, all roads in McMath’s football future seemingly lead him to the practice squad. We’ll have to wait and see what happens, but at this point, it’s difficult to come up with any alternate theories.