Safety and key special teamer Anthony Smith is headed to the IR, and Robert Johnson is being pulled up from the practice squad. Johnson, who was inactive for all 16 games last year before the new staff bumped him down to the practice squad this season, should get a serious shot at winning a safety position over the next four weeks. He's a phenomenal athlete, and that group is going to look a lot different next April. Johnson might not have what it takes to win the job, but I think his combination of potential and familiarity is worth taking a chance on down the stretch.
Karl Klug is tied for fifth in sacks among all defensive rookies, and 4th among all DTs. He's already set the franchise mark for sacks from a rookie DT, which is just another reason this draft class has to be rated among the best in the league.
Kevin Malast may be a new name to fans, but he's already familiar with the Titans due to his time here over the preseason. It's been a wild three weeks for Malast: he has gone from unsigned and working out at Rutgers, to landing on Jacksonville's practice squad to being added to the Titans' 53-man roster with a great chance of being active and playing special teams on Sunday.
While injuries are forcing roster changes at LB and S, the Titans aren't going to add Herb Donelson or any other RB to the 53-man roster unless there's another injury. Munchak voiced his confidence that Jamie Harper is ready to make an impact, but I wouldn't be surprised to see Chris Johnson's snap count skyrocket instead of Harper taking over Ringer's snaps. Still, Harper will get his chance to do something that stands out.
Damian Williams weighs in on Gus Malzahn, who coached Williams in high school, leaving Auburn for Arkansas St. Rest assured, the only person happier about this than Malzahn is Jimmy, who's Crimson Tide no longer have to worry about that high-powered offense should Auburn land another legit QB.
Good news for the Titans and their occasionally shredded field: TSU is going to be playing more of their football games on campus starting next season. Over the years the grass at LP Field hasn't dealt well with the extra abuse it takes on Saturdays when TSU plays, so hopefully the reduced use will mean better surfaces for our guys.
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