Tennessee Titans make wise decision by sticking with Logan Woodside over Barkley

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Don’t think that just because the Tennessee Titans rolled out a 53-man roster projection like each of the other 32 NFL franchises that they’re done tinkering with their roster. As a matter of fact, you had to know that they weren’t right? After all, they have ten players on the Reserve/COVID-19 list, and at least five of them (Ryan Tannehill, Geoff Swaim, Harold Landry III, Ben Jones, and Nate Davis) are almost assured of roster spots once they’re eligible to return.

That means everyone’s assured of a few changes. Tenessee isn’t waiting for that though as, on the first day of September, they announced via the team’s official website that they’d be adding offensive lineman Corey Levin off of waivers. They released quarterback Matt Barkley in a subsequent move.

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There’s no reason to overthink this or spend a ton of time on this as releasing Matt Barkley was absolutely the right decision. His battle with Logan Woodside was intense. Both made a case for themselves and battled to a draw in the first two contests, but after they entered the third and final tilt knowing that one last showdown was for all of the marbles, it was Woodside that proved he wanted the job just a little bit more.

Woodside is the guy that’s been here. He’s the guy that’s most familiar with what the Tennessee Titans want to do. He still has upside where, in the case of Barkley, we’ve seen his ceiling. Matt Barkley isn’t ascending. He isn’t improving. Matt Barkley is never going to be any better than he is right now or show us anything from him that we haven’t already seen, and he’s been in the NFL for six seasons.

Over that time, he’s appeared in 19 games for three different teams. That’s resulted in seven starts, a 2-5 win-loss record, and a completion percentage of 58.4 while he’s thrown for 2,699 yards while tossing 22 interceptions versus only 11 touchdowns.

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In terms of Levin, he’s a six-foot-four, 307-pound interior lineman that can play both the center and guard positions. He’s a versatile option that will serve the Titans well if anything happens to Ryan Tannehill when he returns.