Titans general manager Jon Robinson has been a busy man this morning.
In a bit of a surprising move, the team has released 7th-round pick Cole McDonald.
NFL.Com’s Tom Pelissero broke the news.
A surprise cut: The #Titans are waiving QB Cole McDonald, the 7th-round pick from Hawaii, source said.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) August 19, 2020
Just how bad did McDonald look through four practices for the Titans to make this move so swiftly? McDonald was drafted as a developmental quarterback, so it’s a bit shocking to see the Titans cut ties with him so quickly. They clearly didn’t see even a glimmer of hope that McDonald could at least develop into a quality backup quarterback.
This is now the second late-round quarterback that has failed to make the Titans final roster as a rookie. McDonald joins 2018 6th-rounder Luke Falk as late round quarterback disappointments. That is absolutely not an indication of Robinson’s failure to draft a late round quarterback, as doing so rarely happens with success.
In a corresponding move, veteran quarterback Trevor Siemian was signed to a one-year contract, as per his agent.
Siemian gives the Titans something they lacked behind Ryan Tannehill, and that’s experience. He’s a four-year pro that was drafted in the 7th round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Broncos. He started 24 games for Denver in 2016 and 2017, going 13-11 while completing 59.3% of passes for 5,686 yards, 30 touchdowns, and 24 interceptions.
Siemian spent last season with the Jets.
The move isn’t exactly a sign of confidence in Logan Woodside either. We fully expect Siemian to make the final roster and backup Tannehill throughout the season. Projecting whether or not Woodside makes the final roster just became more difficult than it was a day ago.
In other news, the Houston Chronicle’s Aaron Wilson also reported that the Titans have agreed to terms with veteran tight end Geoff Swaim.
Geoff Swaim has agreed to terms with the Tennessee Titans, according to a league source— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) August 19, 2020
Swaim is a big boy and has been a quality inline blocker throughout his time in the league. He has some pass catching ability to his game as well, but will never be primarily known as a weapon in the passing game.
Swaim instantly becomes the biggest body in the tight end room. If the team decides to keep four tight ends, Swaim has an excellent chance of making the final roster.
Expect Swaim to push MyCole Pruitt for his role as the team’s primary blocking tight end.