Several surprises beat odds to make Titans’ 53-man roster

Several surprises beat odds to make Titans’ 53-man roster

The Tennessee Titans trimmed their roster to 53 players a couple of hours in advance of Saturday’s 3 p.m. deadline.

There were a few surprises, as some undrafted players beat the odds to earn spots on the squad, and some players thought to have a chance at the roster were let go.

Undrafted wide receiver Cameron Batson of Texas Tech was perhaps one of the biggest surprises. He was one of six receivers kept on the team along with Darius Jennings, who has spent the bulk of the past two seasons on the Titans practice squad. Both earned their keep for their special teams work, Batson as a kickoff returner and Jennings as a punt team gunner. They bumped receiver Nick Williams, who had a strong preseason before injuring his hamstring, off the 53-man roster.

Another surprise who claimed a spot on the 53-man roster that were long shots at the start included tight end Anthony Firkser, who had a strong camp catching the football and likely could be used some in a fullback/H-back role as well in the offense.

The Titans kept nine offensive linemen, going heavy at the position with Jack Conklin being injured and still recovering from a torn ACL. Conklin was restored to the 53-man roster, but won’t be ready for the season opener. The Titans chose Aaron Stinnie as one of their backup lineman along with second-year man Corey Levin and veteran Kevin Pamphile. Veteran Xavier Su’a-Filo was released and the Titans waived tackle Tyler Marz, who could be brought back to the practice squad.

Tennessee also cut sixth-round pick Luke Falk, electing to go with just two quarterbacks in Marcus Mariota and Blaine Gabbert. Falk is a practice squad possibility.

The Titans also cut outside linebacker Josh Carraway, a seventh-round choice last year, electing instead to keep undrafted rookie Sharif Finch and recent acquisition Kamolei Correa for depth as pass rushers.

Kenneth Durden, who wasn’t even with the Titans at the start of training camp, made a good impression after he arrived and claimed a backup cornerback spot, making veteran Demontre Hurst expendable.

Veteran defensive lineman David King whom Tennessee traded for last year with Kansas City, was among the cuts, as the Titans chose to go with undrafted rookie Matt Dickerson as a backup on the defensive front.

Two other players thought to be in the mix to claim roster spots were let go. Wide receiver Deontay Burnett and inside linebacker Robert Spillane were placed on waivers, but could be among the Titans’ 10-man practice squad if they clear waivers by Sunday morning’s deadline.

The Tennessee Titans trimmed their roster to 53 players a couple of hours in advance of Saturday’s 3 p.m. deadline.

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