Kevin Dodd to Be Released by Titans After Not Reporting to Training Camp

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJuly 24, 2018

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 12:  Kevin Dodd #92 of the Tennessee Titans warming up before a game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Nissan Stadium on November 12, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee.  The Titans defeated the Bengals 24-20.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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The Tennessee Titans plan on releasing linebacker Kevin Dodd, the team announced Tuesday.

The Titans also revealed Dodd failed to report to the team Sunday ahead of its training camp, which starts Wednesday.

Dodd appeared in 18 games over two years in Tennessee, making 12 combined tackles and one sack.

The Titans selected Dodd with the 33rd overall pick of the 2016 draft. Bleacher Report's Mike Tanier was lukewarm on the pick, giving Tennessee a C-minus grade on the day of the draft.

Despite a pair of underwhelming seasons in which he battled injuries, Titans head coach Mike Vrabel envisioned Dodd playing a role for the team in 2018, telling reporters he viewed the former Clemson star as "sort of outside rush player" in March, per the Tennesseean's Jason Wolf.

Vrabel also expressed a need for patience with Dodd's development.

"Sometimes it happens quicker for some guys," Vrabel said. "It took me a couple of years. I'm excited to work with Kevin. I've talked to him. If he's willing to work and put the work and the time and the effort in, I think we're going to be more than happy to develop and help him develop."

Dodd may struggle to find a new home before the start of the regular season. Most teams have their depth charts set heading into training camp, and it doesn't speak highly to his overall value that the Titans were willing to cut him after only two years.

But as the season goes on and teams battle with attrition, a franchise may be more willing to take a flier on Dodd.