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Titans make several roster moves ahead of Bengals game

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The Titans continue to tinker with their roster as they get ready for tomorrow’s game against the Bengals.

We’ll start this off with a mini-recap of the past few days. They first promoted Daren Bates and David Quessenberry to the 53 man roster. They also signed Will Compton and offensive lineman Paul Adams to the practice squad. Lastly, they designated running back Senorise Perry to return from IR.

They made a flurry of moves today. It began with the promotion of cornerback Kareem Orr from the practice squad to the active roster for Sunday’s game. This isn’t the first time Orr has been called up to the main squad on gameday. It may be a matter of time before Orr is a member of the 53 man roster.

They also elevated running back D’Onta Foreman and defensive back Breon Borders from the practice squad for Sunday’s game vs. the Bengals as the 54th and 55th players. This marks the first time that both Foreman and Borders have been called up for a game.

Kristian Fulton was placed on the short term Injured Reserve. This means that Fulton will be out for the next three games at minimum. It’s a tough blow for a cornerback group that’s struggling enough as is.

Everyone is waiting for Adoree’ Jackson to make his return, but the wait will last at least another week as the Titans announced that he’s unavailable for Sunday’s game.

Lastly, OLB Derrick Roberson has been added to the Titans injury report with an illness and he’s out for Sunday’s game.

There’s a lot to take in here.

The biggest news came from the cornerback position room. It’s unfortunate that Jackson isn’t ready to return, but hopefully this is the last game he misses. Fulton going on IR is also a tough break to catch at this point. This passing defense is really struggling, and the continued absence of Jackson and now Fulton means the Titans will be without two of their most talented corners against an underrated passing attack.

It’s nice to see Orr get a chance. I expect him to actually play some meaningful snaps on Sunday, and why not at this point? Tye Smith really struggled last weekend. I expect to see Malcom Butler and Johnathan Joseph line up as the outside corners with a rotation of Chris Jackson and Orr in the slot. The combination of Butler, Joseph and Jackson actually looked pretty good in the second half last week.

Roberson being OUT for the game also means that the Titans will continue to roll with just three outside linebackers tomorrow. Yay.