Tennessee Titans have a chance to bring back rookie EDGE

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The Tennessee Titans entered the season loaded on the defensive line and in just a month they have seen how quickly that can evaporate.

Before the final cuts were made, it looked like the Tennessee Titans would keep 6 EDGEs. Harold Landry, Bud Dupree, Denico Autry, Rashad Weaver, Ola Adeniyi, and David Anenih seemed like an outstanding group to have.

Unfortunately, the team’s over-emphasis on special teams players meant that Anenih was cut and placed on the Titans’ practice squad. Just a week into the season Anenih was picked up by the Pittsburgh Steelers and never got his chance at a call-up.

Realistically, the Titans could have had him on the field at any point over the last two weeks since Adeniyi disappeared with an injury and with Dupree in and out of the lineup.

It was a chance where the timing and luck worked out so poorly that it felt like there was an opportunity missed. Luckily, opportunity may be knocking again.

Could Anenih head back to the Tennessee Titans?

This weekend the Pittsburgh Steelers placed Anenih on their practice squad which means that any team can sign him.

Last week the Tennessee Titans used Sam Okuayinonu on 20 snaps, including 14 pass rush snaps. He was fine, but he didn’t have anything close to the fastball that Anenih had when the Titans showcased him in the preseason.

The rookie EDGE had 3 sacks and 2 FFs in limited action, and he and Rashad Weaver were the best players on the field for the Tennessee Titans.

Weaver has translated that to the field with a team-leading 4 sacks, so maybe it is a chance to see what Anenih can do with a team that knows how to use him.

Right now the Titans have guys like Sammy O, Tre Avery, Joshua Kalu, and Andrew Adams on the roster. I’m not saying that those guys are huge liabilities, but I don’t think any of them have nearly the upside that Anenih has.

He plays a premium position and he has the athleticism to help as a pass rusher and special teams. For a team that loves bringing their own guys back, Anenih is a player with clear potential and the fan base has been clamoring for his return since the team allowed him to walk out the doors.