Taywan Taylor traded to Browns as Titans cut to 53

Taywan Taylor traded to Browns as Titans cut to 53

The Tennessee Titans traded former third-round pick Taywan Taylor to their week one opponent, the Cleveland Browns, as the team made its cut from 90 players to 53 on Saturday.
Taylor, who had been listed as a starter all throughout training camp and preseason, lost his spot when the Titans elected to keep Kalif Raymond, a former practice squad player, who had a strong training camp and preseason.
Taylor, a third-round pick from Western Kentucky in 2017, caught 37 passes last year and had 53 receptions with the Titans, but was plagued by inconsistency, including dropping two catchable passes I the preseason opener against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Another surprise cut was center Corey Levin, who had been mentioned as a possible starter at center, with the Titans looking to find an answer at right guard. There had been talk and even some practice reps with Ben Jones at right guard and Levin at center. Levin was a sixth-round choice in 2017.
The Titans chose to keep tackle David Quessenberry and guard/center Jamil Douglas as their backup offensive linemen, along with rookie guard Nate Davis, who has been out with an undisclosed injury. That means that barring a late move to sign another player, the Titans will likely start Kevin Pamphile at right guard.
The Titans also released Aaron Stinnie, who was on the 53-man roster last year, and let go of third quarterback Logan Woodside.
Also, Taylor Lewan was placed on the suspended list for four games, and first-round pick Jeffery Simmons will remain on the NFI list as he recovers from a knee injury.
Raymond’s ascent to the 53-man roster coincides with the surprise work of running back Dalyn Dawkins, whose 117-yard, two touchdown performance against Chicago last Thursday night earned him a spot on the initial 53. It also means the Titans are keeping four running backs.
Defensively, Isaiah Mack, who had a strong preseason as an undrafted rookie from Chattanooga, is a part of the 53-man roster, along with other surprises like defensive back Josh Kalu, who retained his spot with his special teams work and his ability to back up at both cornerback and safety.
Here is a list of the Titans’ cuts: P Austin Barnard, RB Alex Barnes, DL Amani Bledsoe, OLB Eric Cotton, CB Kenneth Durden, LB Ukeme Eligwe, C Hronis Grasu, OL A.T. Hall, DL Frank Herron, TE Parker Hesse, TE Ryan Hewitt, WR Cody Hollister, DL Braxton Hoyett, RB Akeem Hunt, DB Mike Jordan, C Corey Levin, OLB LaTroy Lewis, T Tyler Marz, WR Tanner McEvoy, RB Jeremy McNichols, DL Chris Nelson, CB Kareem Orr, OL Austin Pasztor, CB D’Andre Payne, WR Anthony Ratliff-Williams, OLB Derrick Roberson, LB Quart’e Sapp, OL Aaron Stinnie, S JoJo Tillery, WR Papi White, QB Logan Woodside, S Ladarius Wiley and WR DeAngelo Yancey.

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