The Tennessee Titans surprised some followers when they released Zach Clayton on August 31, 2012. The Titans were comfortable with the five defensive tackles who were already on their roster. Those players were Jurrell Casey, Karl Klug, Mike Martin, Sen'Derrick Marks and DaJohn Harris. Harris made the team as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Southern California (USC).
The Titans released Clayton. That doesn't mean that they're done with him. One day later, the Titans re-signed Clayton to their practice squad. Clayton was one of five players who re-joined the practice squad on September 1.
As of September 3, the Titans have filled seven of eight positions on their practice squad. Five of the seven players are offensive skill-position players. Here's a brief rundown of their practice squad.
2012 Tennessee Titans' Practice Squad
Collin Mooney (RB)
Darren Evans (RB)
Michael Preston (WR)
Vidal Hazelton (WR)
Brandon Barden (TE)
Zach Clayton (DT)
Tracy Wilson (DB)
At 6-foot-0 and 232 pounds, Evans is a running back who spent time on the Indianapolis Colts' active roster in 2011. Through four preseason games, Evans had 24 carries for 58 rushing yards. He had a long run of seven yards. Evans is basically replacing Herb Donaldson.
Hazelton is replacing James Kirkendoll's spot on the practice squad. At 6-foot-2 and 209 pounds, Hazelton barely made an impact during the preseason. Through four preseason games, he had three receptions for 23 yards.
Colin Mooney and Clayton have the best chances for a promotion to the active roster. If the Titans needed to make room for any free-agent acquisitions, then I could see Quinn Johnson getting released. I don't think they need to keep a fullback on their active roster and the practice squad. Commit to one or the other.
The only other thing I noticed was that the Titans kept Brandon Barden over Cameron Graham. That was interesting. During the preseason, Graham had a touchdown reception. Barden didn't make an impact because he was injured. The Titans must've liked what they saw from him before that.
The Titans have room for one more participant on the practice squad. An interior offensive lineman, perhaps?
Joshua Huffman graduated from Middle Tennessee State University as a marketing major in 2009. He's been a Middle Tennessee resident from 1986-88 and 2001-present. He lived in the Upper Peninsula and Northern Wisconsin from 1988-01 and for approximately eight months in 2009-10 as he completed a 20-game volunteer position with the USHL's Green Bay Gamblers. His favorite sports organizations include the Green Bay Packers, Chicago Cubs, Nashville Predators and Tennessee Titans. He can be found on Twitter HERE.
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