Kevin Dodd’s unspectacular career with the Tennessee Titans is officially over. The team made the decision today to release Dodd, who chose not to report to training camp earlier this week.
The 33rd pick of the 2016 NFL Draft registered just one sack during his time with the team. A foot injury slowed his progress as a rookie and Dodd never seemed to recover from it.
Dodd was healthy in camp last season, playing deep into the fourth quarter of preseason games, yet never really making an impact. He had a chance for a fresh start with a new coaching staff this year, but chose to skip voluntary OTAs during the summer.
The writing was on the wall from there. Dodd’s behavior this offseason can be categorized as nothing short of bizarre. Maybe the team had plans for Dodd that he didn’t like. Maybe he’s just done with football. Maybe his body has broken down more than we know.
Whatever the reason is, Dodd will easily go down as Jon Robinson’s biggest mistake so far as the Titans’ general manager. The good news is that he was able to grab Harold Landry this year in the second round, giving the Titans a legitimate third pass rushing option in the rotation.
I applaud the organization for making the move now, right before camp begins. Dodd simply wasn’t worth the distraction anymore.