Titans were special during day two of free agency

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The Titans were special during day two of free agency.

At the Titans complex, the team introduced yesterday’s signings. Special teams linebacker Daren Bates and special teams ace/strong safety Brynden Trawick took pictures and spoke with the media. Jim Wyatt has pictures posted. The Titans also re-signed special teams linebacker Nate Palmer yesterday.

Today, the Titans re-signed their tight end that plays significant snaps on special teams, Phillip Supernaw.

Notice a theme?


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Later in the afternoon, several on twitter posted that the Titans have agreed in principle to a deal with former Atlanta Falcons return man Eric Weems.

Please allow Dana Carvey to convey my thoughts on these Titans signings:

Church Lady

The Titans added to their defensive line today. They beefed up the nose tackle position by signing Sylvester Williams, formerly of the Denver Broncos.

The Broncos have been excellent against the run with Williams as the center piece, so hopefully, that will continue in Tennessee. Williams is not big on individual stats, as is common with most nose tackles. He averages about 20 tackles per season and a sack. His value is in being an immovable object at the center of the defensive line.

The defender is nicknamed “Sly Williams.” Sly Williams was also the nickname of a basketball player that would be charged with rape and kidnapping. As such, I’m not really a fan of continuing the nickname for the nose tackle.

Williams’ own story is fascinating. He only played one year of high school football and then went to work.

An inspiring story of perseverance, Williams worked at Walmart and a radiator factory after high school before he decided to play football at Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College. He then transferred to North Carolina, where he played well enough for the Broncos to make him their first-round selection.

From his UNC bio:

Coffeyville Community College/Jefferson City High School
Considered a four-star prospect by Scout.com • Ranked the No. 12 junior college talent by SI.com • Rated the No. 14 overall junior college prospect by SuperPrep • Recorded 52 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, two sacks and five blocked kicks in 2010 and was named all-conference and
honorable mention All-American.

Here is his “goodbye” to the Denver Broncos and their fans.

There’s a young man that really worked at his craft and made something of himself. Now, after today, he’s a millionaire. As a person, already, he seems like a gem.

Caveat Emptor

The Denver Broncos did not exercise the fifth-year option on his contract. They opted to “let him walk” in free agency.  ProFootballFocus wrote: “The Broncos’ run defense suffered, as well, with Sylvester Williams and Jared Crick grading out among the worst interior players in that regard.”

Williams has a positive background and glowing reviews of his prior play, but 2016 wasn’t much to write home about. We’ll see how he does with the Titans.

The Titans were the fourth-ranked run defense in 2016. Their offensive line is already one of the best. As they continue to add talent to the defensive line, it’s reminiscent of the days of old when the Titans regularly won battles “in the trenches.”

Defensive end could possibly use an upgrade opposite Jurrell Casey. They are fine as is with DaQuan Jones and Angelo Blackson. Excellent college defensive end Kevin Dodd looked uncomfortable as an outside linebacker in 2016. Whether a position switch for Dodd or drafting an end, the Titans could possibly enter the 2017 season with quite an impressive defensive line.

 

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