The Titans finalized their initial 53-man roster today along with the 31 other NFL teams. That means approximately 1,184 players will be flooding the market.
Over the next 24 hours those players with less than four years of accrued NFL seasons who were released during roster cut downs will go through the waiver process. Teams can claim as many of these guys as they want, but priority is given in the same order as the draft so the Titans will have 18 teams ahead of them. Players who do have at least four years of accrued service will become free agents immediately and are free to sign with whichever team they choose.
There could still be some shake ups between now and tomorrow if the Titans decide to claim any of the guys who were released by other teams, but for now, these are the 53 players the team has chosen to start the 2019 season with.
QB: Marcus Mariota, Ryan Tannehill
RB: Derrick Henry, Dion Lewis, David Fluellen, Dalyn Dawkins
WR: Corey Davis, Adam Humphries, A.J. Brown, Tajae Sharpe, Darius Jennings, Kalif Raymond
TE: Delanie Walker, Jonnu Smith, Anthony Firkser, MyCole Pruitt
OL: Taylor Lewan*, Dennis Kelly, Rodger Saffold, Ben Jones, Kevin Pamphile, Jack Conklin, Nate Davis, Jamil Douglas, David Quessenberry
*Lewan will not count against the Titans 53-man roster during his four game suspension.
DL: Jurrell Casey, Jeffery Simmons**, DaQuan Jones, Isaiah Mack, Brent Urban, Austin Johnson, Matt Dickerson
**Simmons was moved to the PUP list and will be unavailable for the first six weeks of the season at a minimum.
OLB: Harold Landry, Cameron Wake, Sharif Finch, Reggie Gilbert, Kamalei Correa
ILB: Rashaan Evans, Jayon Brown, Wesley Woodyard, Daren Bates, David Long
CB: Logan Ryan, Malcolm Butler, Adoree’ Jackson, LeShaun Sims, Tye Smith
S: Kevin Byard, Kenny Vaccaro, Amani Hooker, Dane Cruikshank, Joshua Kalu
SPEC: Ryan Succop, Brett Kern, Beau Brinkley
We won’t start seeing players added to the 10-man practice squad until after waivers clear tomorrow, but you can be sure that at least a few of the guys who didn’t make the cut will end up back here as part of that group.
The two biggest surprises to me are Quessenberry over Levin and Dawkins over McNichols. Some seem surprised by Douglas, but he’s been working ahead of Levin all camp and in preseason. I may not understand their love for Douglas, but they’re also working with a much larger sample size of his work to evaluate than I am.
Quessenberry is a Vrabel favorite and after Marz and Pasztor spent the entire preseason falling over themselves, I thought he might have an outside shot. He’s a guy that should be very wary of the waiver wire though. A claim for a backup tackle would not surprise me at all.
Dawkins over McNichols was surprising. Both are fan favorites and both looked good in preseason action, but I figured McNichols was the better bet with his pass catching ability. Dawkins’ huge night in Chicago might have put him over the top. I love the way he runs.
What was the biggest surprise? Biggest snub?