When Kevin Byard speaks Tennessee Titans fans listen, and on Monday he had a lot to say about one rookie defensive back that 99% of fans didn't even know was on the roster.
If you are a Tennessee Titans fan, you probably are heading into training camp with your eyes on a few of the sleepers on this roster. UDFAs like John Ojukwu, Tre'Shaun Harrison, Otis Reese Jr., and Kearis Jackson are perfect prospects to track over the next month.
If those guys are sleepers, then UDFA DB Armani Marsh is a super sleeper.
Marsh is listed as a cornerback on the roster, but I'm not sure if that is the perfect distinction for him. Based on what Kevin Byard said in the clip below, it sounds like he spends most of his time in the slot but he has the versatility to be moved around from slot to safety.
Armani Marsh is why you watch Tennessee Titans preseason games
Kevin Byard isn't going to pull strings to get the Washington State product onto the 53-man roster or anything, but Byard is a well-respected voice in that locker room. Not only does he have the ear of players, but he and Mike Vrabel have a great relationship and that means a great deal when you consider that Mike Vrabel essentially has unilateral control over the roster at this point.
Marsh has the attention of the fan base and this weekend he is poised to get his opportunity to prove that he can take that physicality to another level.
How much he can do on defense will be important, but the most important thing he can do is prove that he can make plays on special teams. That is the way that guys like Chris Jackson, Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, Darius Jennings, Racey McMath, Tre Avery, etc. have all earned their way onto the opening-day roster.
The Tennessee Titans were very thin at safety heading into training camp, but now that Elijah Molden will be playing some safety and after the signing of A.J. Moore, that room looks much deeper. However, if Molden is going to be spending more time at safety, then it would be smart to add some depth in the slot which is exactly the role that Marsh could fill for the Tennessee Titans.
Marsh has made an impression and he has eyes on him, now let's see what he can do.