One of the rookies the Tennessee Titans were counting on most from their 2016 draft class is finally getting close to making his debut.
Kevin Dodd, who has been on the physically unable to perform list for all of training camp, was activated by the Titans on Wednesday. Dodd was put through a workout regimen on Tuesday, and all went well with his surgically repaired foot. During Titans practice on Tuesday, Dodd, who underwent surgery in May, was working with strength and conditioning coach Steve Watterson and under the watchful eye of general manager Jon Robinson.
Titans coach Mike Mularkey indicated that if Dodd has no setbacks, the rookie from Clemson see some game action in Tennessee’s third preseason game next week at Oakland.
“He did a workout, a really strenuous workout and we were very pleased with it. I want to see how he wakes up in the morning with it. But I was very, very encouraged with his workout. We put him through his most strenuous test to date,” Mularkey said. “I’m hoping he can play next week against Oakland.”
While Dodd has been on the shelf, backup players like David Bass, J.R. Tavai and Deiontrez Mount have been getting more reps. Bass has been made a number of plays in camp, and both Tavai and Mount recorded sacks in the preseason opener against San Diego.
Still, the Titans are eager to see what the second-round pick who ha 12.5 sacks last year at Clemson, can do. The first step is to get him some reps in practice now that he has been activated from PUP to get him in football shape.
“He’s got to get in football shape. You can do what you want, but it’s different than doing what we do. Our guys play to the whistle, they’re covering and they’re doing it every play. He’s got to get in the groove of doing that. I’d like to see him get some snaps,” Mularkey said.
The Titans also added two free agent wide receivers in Jarrod West and Donte Foster and waived/injured lineman Josue Matias, who had knee surgery.