Every year Tennessee Titans fans fall in love with a training camp star who comes out of nowhere, but generally, those players just barely miss the cut for the final 53-man roster.
This year there were two players that fit the role of training camp star in EDGE Caleb Murphy and CB Eric Garror. Shockingly, Murphy made the roster at a loaded position while Garror missed the cut, though he was ultimately signed to the practice squad.
It turns out, that Garror might actually see the field before Murphy due to new practice squad rules and an injury to a backup cornerback.
Mike Vrabel announced on Friday that CB Tre Avery was the only player who was definitely out for Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints. Avery was the Tennessee Titans CB4 or CB5 depending on how you view new pickup Kindle Vildor.
Vildor could fill a variety of roles for the Tennessee Titans since he was a core special teamer with the Chicago Bears, and he could be enough of a utility player where the Titans don't feel like they need to elevate Garror from the practice squad.
Eric Garror could fill unique roles for Tennessee Titans
However, there are two things that Garror does that could make him a smart elevation. First, he spent some time as a slot cornerback in training camp and during the preseason, which is something that Vildor (and Avery for that matter) don't really do.
With Elijah Molden seemingly transitioning into a sort of hybrid S/LB, dime-package player it seems like the Titans don't have an obvious backup inside.
Garror also looked good as a punt returner in the preseason and having him available to backup fellow rookie Kearis Jackson, might be a smart strategy.
Right now I would say that Garror has a 50/50 shot of playing, but if he is brought up then he will almost see snaps as a special teams player at the very least. After watching him make aggressive, but secure tackles in the preseason having him on the field should be fun if nothing else.
The elevation report should come out on Saturday morning, so keep an eye on that, but other than that it seems like the Tennessee Titans will have their healthiest team in years on Sunday. Not only is Dillon Radunz back to practicing, but key players like Treylon Burks, Arden Key, and Chig Okonkwo have practiced all week.