NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans had a long weekend to come to terms with the loss of a key cog in their defense and two newcomers had some time to start to get acclimated.

Harold Landry is out for the year after tearing his ACL during Wednesday’s practice.

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The team hopes waiver claim Derrek Tuszka (TUSK-uh) from the Steelers can be part of the replacement plan.

And they signed often-troubled Josh Gordon to their practice squad in the hopes of bolstering a weak group that is without Racey McMath for at least four games.

“It’s a great culture, the teammates have all been great, they’ve been accepting and excited for me to be here,” Tuszka said. “So it helps out the process of learning the scheme, learning all the plays and stuff.”

Rashad Weaver is likely at the head of the line for Landry’s snaps, with Ola Adeniyi also factoring in.

A scouting report on Tuszka from Blake Beddingfield:

Aggressive, high-energy player, but limited on the edge. Average size and below average arm length (31-3/8 at combine). offensive tackles get into his chest quickly. He wins with hustle and movement, must be on the move and working the blockers edge to have a chance. Does show quick hands and will use his hands well to get off blocks if he wins off the snap. Better run-down defender than rusher, but his effort and quickness gives him a chance for hustle sacks. His play style limits his reps because he is an all-out player but limited overall in terms of size and ability to play high-volume amount of plays. Good special teams player. His traits fit that role well.

Gordon was very self-aware as we met him for the first time. Asked about mental health issues that have been part of what has derailed him in the past. 

He also discussed his lack of production last year in Kansas City (five catches in 12 games) and in 2019 (27 catches in 11 games with New England and Seattle. He did not play in 2020 because of one of his multiple league suspensions.

Beddingfield's report on Gordon:

Gordon is an outstanding height-weight-speed player who has top-level athleticism, and strong run skill after-the-catch. Physical player. He Has always been an inconsistent route runner and relied on superior talent over technique. He is on the wrong side of 30 (31yrs old) and his skills will start to diminish.

The Titans could really use him as they lack dynamic playmakers with speed.

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