What the Titans' acquisition of Dennis Daley tells us

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The problem with the Titans dealing for Carolina offensive lineman Dennis Daley isn't giving up a fifth-round pick in 2024 and getting a seventh back.

If they really want the guy and think he solves a roster issue, even if he was going to get cut, ensuring they land him is fine though a two-round drop feels steep. The Titans occasionally hit on a fifth-rounder and rarely hit on a seventh.

Dennis Daley

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It's hard to imagine a cut from a questionable line is so much better than the large group of offensive linemen who will come free by the end of the day. He was a Panthers sixth-rounder in 2019 out of South Carolina.

The problems with this development are three-fold:

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Ryan Stonehouse is in; My prediction for the other 52 Titans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Ryan Stonehouse has beaten out Brett Kern for the Titans’ punter spot, per ESPN.

Here are my predictions for the other 52 spots with cuts due to be finalized by Tuesday afternoon. It's not a bad roster, but it's not easy to find the 51st, 52nd and 53rd players. I went heavy at defensive back.

David Anenih

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QBs (2): Ryan Tannehill, Malik Willis

It’s hard to find a rationale for keeping Logan Woodside on the 53-man roster. The Titans are in trouble if Tannehill goes down. Willis would run a safe, run-heavy offense that includes him as a run threat. Woodside as a practice squader can be insurance and do some scout team if needed. 

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Scouts' take: Review of final preseason game and a Titans' 53-man roster

Scouts' take: Review of final preseason game and a Titans' 53-man roster

By BLAKE BEDDINGFIELD, special correspondent

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The third and final preseason game is designed to give organizations looking for those last four or five spots on the 53-man roster an opportunity to shine under the lights.

Most spots are solidified and starting positions are secure at this point. But who will make a team and contribute on special teams is still to be determined.

Dez Fitzpatrick

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The last piece of the third preseason game is to allow players that won’t make their current team or practice squad a chance to get enough film that they can have opportunities to hook on with another franchise.

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Progress for Malik Willis may have him on the verge of the Titans' backup job

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Malik Willis continued to make gains in his third and final preseason start.

In the week leading up to it what turned out to be a 26-23 win, he said the media was too results-oriented. Certainly, he’s been in the midst of a developmental process, but he may be on the verge of becoming Ryan Tannehill’s backup, a twisted ankle away from his results being crucial to the Titans.

Malik Willis

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During a game where few starters played and those who did were not on the field long, Willis played a particularly effective first half and had his best results yet.

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Brett Kern sentimental in case he was in home locker room for final time

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Brett Kern has called Nissan Stadium home since 2009, making him the senior member of the Titans by five years over Taylor Lewan.

Brett Kern

Saturday night while the team beat Arizona 26-23 in the preseason finale, Kern didn’t play.

He watched rookie Ryan Stonehouse belt seven punts 346 yards for an average of 49.4 and a net average of 41.6, pinning three inside the 20 with a long of 64.

Kern said he knew early on that Stonehouse was going to be a real threat.

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Nicholas Petit-Frere is officially the Titans' right tackle

Nicholas Petit-FrereNASHVILLE, Tenn. – During the TV broadcast of the Cardinals-Titans game, Jon Robinson stated the obvious: Nicholas Petit-Frere is the Titans’ starting right tackle.

NPF did well with his chances, but the inability of second-year, second-round pick Dillon Radunz to rise to the occasion and take the job he was drafted to fill was a part of it as well.

The Titans have now spent a first-, second- and third-round pick to replace Jack Conklin at right tackle.

Conklin understandably did not get his fifth-year option picked up in 2018 as he was recovering from a torn ACL. After his fourth season in 2019 he signed a big-dollar deal in Cleveland.

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Mailbag: Malik Willis usage, the return games and the Titans' best OL

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Before the Titans kick off their third and final preseason game Saturday evening against the Cardinals, I wanted to check in with some of what’s on your mind regarding the team.

It's one of eight games around the NFL today. You can check out Arizona sportsbook promo codes before the Week 3 game.

Ryan Tannehill and Derrick Henry

If you missed this week's podcast, you can find it on all your favorite platforms. This will point you in the right directions.

On to your top questions. 

Ryan Slone Think the Titans will use Malik in Wildcat packages this year?

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Podcast: Status of Titans' receivers, the stack of safeties, red-zone prep

The Paul Kuharsky PodcastNASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A new podcast episode awaits you and you can find it through the Linktree.

Whichever platform you prefer, please subscribe, rate and review.

Subjects I dive into:

  • The state of the receivers right now.
  • The addition of back-end safeties and the lack of coverage inside linebackers.
  • Malik Willis saying the media is results driven.
  • Derrick Henry's full practice Thursday.
  • Whether Dillon Radunz is finished as a right tackle candidate.
  • Denico Autry's status.
  • Caleb Farley's self-awareness.
  • The amount of Titans' practice red-zone work. 

No gimmicks and nothing goofy, just straight talk about the issues facing your team right now.

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