The Tennessee Titans have added a pair of free agent defensive tackles on the eve of training camp, agreeing to deals with DT Kyle Peko and DT Anthony Rush. The team confirmed and announced the news on Monday.
Titans add a pair of defensive linemen in Kyle Peko + Anthony Rush— Tennessee Titans (@Titans) July 26, 2021
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The Titans also waived defensive tackle Bruce Hector.
Peko has played with the Broncos, Bills and Colts in his NFL career. He now joins the Titans, who lost nose tackle DaQuan Jones in free agency. Yesterday’s abrupt retirement of DT Abry Jones, a run stopper with a similar style to Peko, likely had a lot to do with this signing. Peko has played in 13 career games and recorded 12 tackles.
Rush is another big body (6-4, 361!) that has been primarily utilized as a run stopper. He has spent time with the Seahawks, Eagles, Bears, Packers and Raiders since entering the NFL as an undrafted free agent from Alabama-Birmingham in 2019. Rush has played in 14 career games, and totaled 14 tackles.
Both Peko and Rush should get a chance to compete for the nose tackle job. It’s important to remember that the nose tackle in the Titans’ defense may play 25% of snaps or less. It’s a role that needs filling, but it’s not an every down role. While Peko and Rush will look to make an impression over the next few weeks, they’ll be competing with the likes of Naquan Jones, Teair Tart and Woodrow Hamilton.