The Titans announced Sunday that they were releasing six players just two days ahead of their official training camp report date of July 28th (rookies, quarterbacks, and players with injury designations already reported on Thursday, July 23rd).
The players released were RB Shaun Wilson, WR Trevion Thompson, TE Cole Herdman, OL Zac Kerin, DL Amani Bledsoe, and LB Nigel Harris, bringing the total current roster size down from 87 to 81. All teams must be at 80 players or fewer by August 16th by league mandate as part of the NFL’s push to limit the number of people in facilities in response to COVID-19.
None of these cuts qualify as a surprise. Out of the group, Kerin had the most NFL experience with just two starts under his belt. The most interesting thing about the move is that the Titans chose to keep all 14 of their undrafted rookies. Obviously, Jon Robinson and Mike Vrabel are interested enough that they wanted to get all these guys into camp and see what they’ve got.
Every player released besides Kerin had been with the Titans practice squad in 2019, so they already had a good idea of what those guys were bringing to the table and didn’t expect that they would have a good chance at making the roster. For that reason, it makes sense to at least get the young guys in and see if your scouting staff might have found a hidden gem.