The Titans announced this morning that they are adding practice squad wide receiver Cameron Batson to the 53-man roster and signing wide receiver Roger Lewis (more on him here), running back Dalyn Dawkins, and offensive lineman Jordan Morgan to the practice squad.
That brings them back to full capacity on both the 53-man roster and the 10-man practice squad, likely ending the roster shuffling for this week.
Batson was with the Titans in camp and made the initial 53-man roster, but was waived after two weeks as injuries started to pile up for the team. This bumps Darius Jennings up to the fourth spot in the wide receiver room and likely means that we see more of him on offense. His drop against the Eagles was a bad moment, but he’s caught the other three passes thrown his way so far and been a very positive contributor on special teams. Even though he’s been very good as a kick returner, the Titans may decide to pass those duties to Batson — who was their primary kick returner during the preseason — if they do want to use Jennings on offense more.
Batson is undersized at 5’-8” and 175 pounds, but he’s a tremendous athlete who ran a 4.35-second 40-yard dash at Texas Tech’s pro day this spring to go along with a 39-inch vertical and elite agility times. He showed a lot of toughness as both a kick returner and a pass catcher during the preseason.
It’s not the splash signing that many wanted, but it should be seen as a vote of confidence in the young trio of Corey Davis, Taywan Taylor, and Tajae Sharpe that the Titans didn’t feel the need to go out and grab an established receiver. I would expect that we see even more of Taylor and Sharpe on the field moving forward which is probably a good thing given how well they’ve played so far this season.
One other takeaway from this roster movement is that it didn’t involve adding an offensive tackle to the 53-man roster. The Titans are currently 9-deep along the OL with Taylor Lewan, Quinton Spain, Ben Jones, Josh Kline, Jack Conklin, Dennis Kelly, Tyler Marz, Corey Levin, and Aaron Stinnie, but I suspect we would have seen a move to add another tackle if the Titans didn’t feel pretty good about at least one of Lewan or Kelly being ready and available to play against the Ravens on Sunday.
Let’s also make a pact to stop talking about Dez Bryant as a viable option for the Titans. If Jon Robinson and Mike Vrabel though he would help this team, he would already be here. If you think they’re wrong and that Dez is the savior that this team needs, that’s fine, but just know that it’s not going to happen.