Tennessee Titans: 6 Long Shots Who Have a Good Chance at Making the Roster
Tonight is the last chance for long shots and underdogs alike to prove their cases and make the Tennessee Titans roster. After tonight, the coaching staff will start to discuss who will end up making the 53-man roster, and who will be cut by the 9 p.m. deadline on Friday.
Here are six guys who may not make the final roster, but have a good shot, at the very least, of making the practice squad.
HB Darius Reynaud
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With the type of preseason he's had (16 carries, 117 yards, one TD, one punt return TD), and with the gruesome season-ending injury to return man Marc Mariani, I would be more shocked if Reynaud didn't make the team than if he did.
The Titans are very deep at running back. Including Reynaud, they should end up with five running backs on the team, with Jamie Harper most likely taking over fullback duties, so it may be tough for Reynaud to get touches on offense unless the Titans run with an LSU-esque offense that features all of their backs.
Still, with Mariani done for the season, Reynaud likely will be the one to take over the return duties.
FB Collin Mooney
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I'm not sure if he'll end up making the final roster, since the Titans will probably give Jamie Harper and Craig Stevens the reps at fullback, but Mooney proved that he can be a solid special teams player, forcing a fumble against Arizona last Thursday.
I think that's where he'll make his mark on the squad, but if not, he'll undoubtedly be a practice squad player. It's very hard to turn away an Army veteran, especially considering the fact that at one point, he practiced with a broken hand.
Still, the Titans' numbers just may not comply with Mooney being on the main roster.
WR Michael Preston
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Another practice squad product, I don't expect Preston to be on the team the whole season, but with Mariani on IR and Kenny Britt likely to miss some time due to suspension, Preston should get a chance.
He's caught just one pass so far in preseason, but his mix of size and speed should definitely not go unnoticed. I believe that Preston can work into a starting lineup somewhere, but probably not in Tennessee.
At the very least, the Titans should give him a chance to prove he belongs on the main roster.
TE Cameron Graham
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Graham spent all of last season on the Titans' practice squad. This year, he looks to make the 53-man roster.
With Craig Stevens more than likely splitting fullback duties with Harper, Graham now has a chance to slip onto the roster as the third tight end despite having only one catch so far this preseason (a 15-yard touchdown grab against Tampa Bay).
Graham's main chance on the roster may have to be as a special teamer, with Jared Cook and Taylor Thompson most likely getting the bulk of the reps at tight end.
DT DaJohn Harris
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The undrafted rookie out of Southern Cal has had a pretty good preseason. Teaming him up with former college teammate Jurrell Casey could bring some extra chemistry to the Tennessee defensive line
The problem is that the Titans have so many defensive tackles who are poised to make the roster that Harris may end up being lost in the mix. Still, I think Harris has had a solid enough preseason to, at the very least, make the Titans' practice squad.
DE Pannel Egboh
Egboh is yet another player on the list who spent all of last season on Tennessee's practice squad. With the lack of depth at the defensive end position, especially with Dave Ball now dealing with concussion issues, Egboh, who has been disruptive this preseason, will have a chance to make the final 53, especially if the Titans decide to cut bait with Ball.
Egboh brings agility to the Titans defensive line, and at 6'6" and 287 pounds, he has a big enough frame to cause problems for offensive tackles.