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Titans release three players

The Titans parted ways with three players on Monday afternoon...

NFL: Tennessee Titans-Training Camp Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports

The Tennessee Titans parted ways with three players on Monday afternoon.

The players released were tight end Parker Hesse, long snapper Matt Orzech and EDGE Nate Orchard. All three players spent time with the Titans during the 2020 season, either on the team’s practice squad or on the active roster.

Orchard is probably the most well known name here. Orchard was a pretty popular prospect leading up to the 2015 NFL Draft. He was selected in the second round (51st overall) by the Cleveland Browns. Orchard was released before his rookie deal expired, and has since spent time with the Buffalo Bills, Kansas City Chiefs, Seattle Seahawks, Miami Dolphins, Washington Football Team and Houston Texans before signing with the Titans in December of 2020. It’s safe to say that Orchard hasn’t panned out at the NFL level.

Orzech was a long snapper that was brought in as insurance last season during the team’s COVID outbreak. He spent several weeks on the practice sqaud as a backup long snapper. He never made it onto the active roster. The writing was on the wall here after the team signed one of the best long snappers in free agency (Morgan Cox) just two months ago.

Hesse’s release could qualify as a minor surprise given how little the team has at the tight end position right now. Anthony Firkser and Geoff Swaim are currently the one-two punch. Behind them sits Tommy Hudson, Jared Pinkney and UDFA signing Briley Moore (watch out for Moore).