State of the Titans Roster: Tight End

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 27: Roy Miller #90 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers watches as Jared Cook #89 of the Tennessee Titans makes a leaping catch during play at LP Field on November 27, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

We are currently working our way through the state of the Titans roster. Today we look at the tight ends. We previously looked at QB, RB and WR.

Just like the receivers, this is the deepest group of tight ends this team has ever had. Daniel Graham, who is a very good player in his role, probably ends up not making the roster, and they will still have trouble finding spots to get Taylor Thompson on the field. That is, of course, unless he blows everyone away in the preseason.

Click through the jump for a more in-depth look at the tight ends currently on the roster.

JARED COOK
Age:
25
Contract: Entering the last year of his rookie contract

This is a big year for Cook. He has shown flashes of being great, but he has yet to be great consistently. He could be in line for a big payday, here or elsewhere, if he can finally realize his potential this season. There is no doubt Chris Palmer is going to put him in the position to succeed.

CRAIG STEVENS
Age:
27 (turns 28 in September)
Contract: Signed a four-year $14.4 million contract this offseason

Stevens is one of the more underrated players on this roster. He is a very good blocker and a reliable receiver. It will be interesting to see how much he is on the field in the new look offense this year.

DANIEL GRAHAM
Age:
33 (turns 34 in November)
Contract: Entering the second year of a three-year $8.5 million contract

With a base salary of $2 million, I just cannot see a spot for Graham on this roster. He isn't as good of a blocker as Stevens, and all three of the other guys are bigger threats in the passing game.

TAYLOR THOMPSON
Age:
22 (turns 23 in October)
Contract: Signed a four-year $2.3 million contract

We are all very excited to see what Thompson can do. From all reports, he has been really good at the OTAs. I have said this repeatedly since the Titans drafted him, there is not doubt he has a lot of upside, but we really need to temper our expectations for him because he is going to be a project.

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