Two UDFAs that should make the Titans 80 man roster.
Due to social distancing restrictions, NFL training camp rosters are going to be cut from the usual 90 to 80. Ten less players going to training camp doesn’t seem like that big of a deal. The majority of the time, coaches might already have 80 players picked out by the time we get here. Of course normally they would have already had OTA’s and mini-camps to base that off of. Thus far, they have nothing except for film from last season. That doesn’t help provide a fair assumption for rookies. Here are two UDFAs that should definitely make the Titans training camp roster.
Teams will reportedly be able to keep 10 players on standby in case an active player were to contract the virus or opt out.
There are many different ways that coaches could go about making the decision for the final few spots on the 80 man roster. The safe bet would be to include players that you know can safely play a back up role efficiently. Risk takers might want to include the high upside players in hopes that they can get a year one contributor out of an undrafted free agent.
A healthy mix of both would be the best bet. Making sure that you include players that you can be sure of in case of an injury is a smart thing to do. Players that are accountable will always find their way onto an NFL roster. High upside players, on the other hand, could potentially provide a huge boost to your team. Michael Pierce made a size-able impact with the Baltimore Ravens in year one, recording 2 sacks and 5 tackles for loss.
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Which two UDFA should the Titans make sure they bring into camp?
Cale Garrett LB
Cale Garrett has a chip on his shoulder after not being taken in the 2020 NFL Draft. He claims that it gives him a drive to work even harder.
The Titans brought in Nick Dzubnar through free agency this offseason. He and Nigel Harris have both been mostly special teams players throughout their careers.
Cale Garrett should easily survive the training camp cuts. He was a great player and leader at Missouri. During his senior season, he played only 5 games and finished with 3 interceptions. He will never be the fastest player on the field, but his instincts and IQ are incredible.
Garrett would be a great addition to play behind Jayon Brown, Rashaan Evans, and David Long Jr. He has also expressed interest in being a key special teams player as well.
Kristian Wilkerson WR
I have been on the Kristian Wilkerson hype train ever since the signing was announced.
Mason Kinsey is an interesting option to make the final roster, and he will probably make training camp as well. But, Kristian Wilkerson is my favorite among the UDFA wideouts.
At 6’1 214lbs, Wilkerson is bigger than the majority of the Titans receivers towards the bottom of the depth chart. Wilkerson averaged over 100 yards per game in his senior season at Southeast Missouri. He also finished his college career with a total of 33 touchdowns. With a 4.46 40 yard dash time and a 39.5 inch vertical, Wilkerson is plenty athletic enough.
He has both of the tools that you just can’t teach, size and athleticism.
Wilkerson can go up and get the ball at it’s high point or he can beat defenders downfield for a deep touchdown. Either way he is a receiver to be excited about and he should be a lock for Titans training camp.