After seven games of dreadful defense, the Tennessee Titans are finally making some drastic moves. The Titans traded for slot corner Desmond King on Monday after getting torched by rookie quarterback Joe Burrow, but that was just the first shoe to drop.
Today, they’ve announced the release of veteran cornerback Johnathan Joseph, a move that follows the addition of King. They also announced plans to release pass rusher Vic Beasley, who signed a one-year, fully guaranteed 9.5 million dollar deal this offseason.
Beasley failed to report to camp on time, and then failed to make an impact on the field in just a handful of games for the Titans.
Veteran long snapper Beau Brinkley was also released. Brinkley had been the long snapper for the team since 2012. Matt Overton is expected to take over.
The biggest news here is obviously Beasley. His release is an admission of a mistake from Jon Robinson, who clearly just wanted to rid the team of some dead weight. As Dianna Russini points out, Beasley was able to generate just four pressures in 68 attempts this season.
This was never a fit. Titans always tried to get the most out of him but there was never improvement or potential shown— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) November 3, 2020
Only generated 4 pressures on 68 pass rushes this season
Not even sure why they signed him after what many heard out of Atlanta. https://t.co/9Fit6sgoYj
Now the Titans obviously still have to find a way to generate some sort of pass rush, but adding King to the slot role should help. Getting Adoree’ Jackson back soon will also be a boost.
The Titans and their suddenly new-ish looking defense will take the field on Sunday, facing the Bears in Nashville.