Titans Who Won't make The Cut On Defense
By Mike Edler
In the second edition of who should make the Titans 53 man roster, lets look at who doesn’t make the cut on defense. The Titans had a historically bad defense last season and gave up a franchise record amount of points. Some improvements were made in the additions of Sammie Lee Hill, George Wilson and Bernard Pollard, but is that enough? Here are the players I believe will be on the cutting block in the coming weeks.
In the secondary, there are players that deserve to be cut, but are tied to the Titans due to bad contracts. Michael Griffin would have been my pick to be cut months ago if he didn’t have a monster contract. Tommie Campbell and Alterraun Verner are battling out for the second cornerback position, and it looks like Verner might take the spot back from Campbell. If Verner wins the spot outright it could spell the end for Coty Sensabaugh. That's a hard cut to make, but Tommie Campbell’s potential is too great to simply cut.
In a perfect scenario, Griffin’s contract would be terminated and Campbell would live up to the hype that has been coming out of camp and win the cornerback spot. In the end however, this isn’t a perfect world and I do not see a huge mix up in the secondary. Rookies such as Daimion Stafford, Blidi Wreh-Wilson and Khalid Wooten will force some moves. Players like undrafted free agent George Baker and four year veteran Al Afalava will be the players cut if and when the Titans slim down the secondary.
Prediction: Baker and Afalava- Cut
Campbell- Third CB/Nickel
Sensabaugh- Starting Nickel
With the defensive tackle position being one of the strengths of the Titans team, it looks more and more likely Zach Clayton, the 2011 seventh-round pick, will be the odd man out. The signing of Lee Hill and the emergence of Mike Martin and Jurrell Casey have all but guaranteed a tackle will be cut. Clayton is the cut here simply because the other players show more promise. Karl Klug can play defensive tackle or defensive end and undrafted free agent DaJohn Harris is slightly bigger than Clayton and has showed more progress throughout camp. Someone has to go in a crowded group and Clayton will be the guy, unless he is sent to the practice squad for a second straight year.
Prediction: Zach Clayton- Cut
DaJohn Harris- Safe or Practice Squad
The Titans have announced that Verner will start at cornerback for the third preseason game against the Falcons. The third preseason game is seen as the dress reversal for the season, so if this is any indication of roster, it looks like Verner will be the starting cornerback against the Steelers week one.