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Could Karl Klug see significantly more snaps than 2012?

With Jurrell Casey excused from practice, Karl Klug saw time at defensive tackle. What does this mean for the future of the former Iowa product?

Hannah Foslien

So maybe Karl Klug's roster spot isn't as in danger as I thought.

When the Titans announced the decision to work Klug at defensive end in the new, bigger Titans defensive line I was a little skeptical of the move. Though his size is almost identical to Derrick Morgan, position changes always seem reasonable on paper and then fall through on the field. Lucky for Klug, the Titans aren't afraid to have him play multiple positions.

A note from John Glennon on his OTA observations says that when Jurrell Casey missed practice with an excused absence Klug stepped in and played starting 3-tech next to Sammie Lee Hill. If this is what the Titans are planning to do with Klug then not only could he guarantee himself a roster spot, but he could see significantly more snaps than he did last year.

Last year the primary backup for Casey was Mike Martin who played 435 snaps. If Klug can manage to steal some snaps away from Martin (who probably fits better as a 1-tech) while also stealing some second team/rotational snaps at the backup defensive end position the we could see a heavy dose of Klug in 2013.

Anyone who has watched Klug plays knows exactly how exciting that should be. The third year sparkplug constantly hustles and tries to get to the quarterback. At times he frustrates offensive linemen with his quick step and his ability to keep them from latching on to his body. Other times Klug either muscles his way past weaker players or beats them with relentless effort. If Klug can keep up his previous production then this could be a year where he establishes himself as one of the best rotational/role players in the NFL.