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Titans free agent spotlight: EDGE Wyatt Ray

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Over the next few weeks, we’ll be taking a closer look at the Titans’ free agent class. One by one, we’ll provide some basic details on the player before making an argument for both sides — why the Titans should, or shouldn’t re-sign that player. We’ll also offer our final verdict and a prediction to go along with it.

Name: Wyatt Ray

Position: EDGE

Age: 24

Why the Titans should keep Ray: Ray signed with the Titans back in August of 2020, but was released during final roster cuts in early September. The team obviously saw something in Ray, because they quickly stashed him on their practice squad. After injuries and effort issues (ahem, Vic Beasley) forced the Titans to replace several EDGE rushers on the active roster, Ray was elevated from the practice squad to the active roster for the team’s weeks 9, 14, and 15 games before he was promoted to the active roster on a full-time basis in Week 16. Ray actually recorded a sack in that Week 16 game on a play that was one of the team’s few bright spots in a blowout loss to the Green Bay Packers.

Ray was a good prospect coming out of Boston College where he accounted for 17 career sacks in four seasons while playing alongside fellow Titan Harold Landry. Still just 24 years old, Ray may have some untapped potential as a pass rusher.

Why the Titans should let Ray walk: Ray had a nice career at Boston College, but if he was going to do something significant at the pro level, he probably would have shown it by now. At just 24 years old, the Titans are Ray’s fifth pro team after being released by the Jets, Browns, Texans and Bills. Plenty of teams have brought Ray in, but none of them have seen something worth holding onto.

Final verdict: We’re going to be honest. There’s little to no reason to think that Ray should make the active roster in 2021.

Prediction: The Titans move in a different direction as they attempt to retool nearly their entire group of pass rushers.

What are your thoughts? Should the Titans re-sign Ray? Leave your opinion in the comments.