Following their loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, the Tennessee Titans made some essential moves to address their lackluster defense.
On Monday, the Titans did something that’s been rare in the Jon Robinson era: traded in-season for some help. The Titans traded for Chargers’ talented All-Pro slot corner Desmond King.
— NFL (@NFL) November 2, 2020
The move was critical for the Titans after losing Kristian Fulton due to injury prior to the Bengals game. Their secondary struggled in the Bengals game, and the weaknesses were magnified.
Titans General Manager Jon Robinson addressed his newest addition in Wednesday’s presser with the media.
“(King) was a productive player at Iowa,” Robinson said, “I think he had double-digit interceptions and (pass break-ups). He’s an aggressive guy, good tackler, good blitzer.”
King has to go through COVID protocols before he can join the team. Robinson said that his physical was good and he is in the testing protocol, and has been participating in zoom meetings with the Titans.
RELEASING BEASLEY, JOSEPH, AND BRINKLEY
Following the move for King, the Tennessee Titans made three more moves. They released outside linebacker Vic Beasley, defensive back Johhnathan Joseph, and long snapper Beau Brinkley.
Beasley was nothing more than a liability for the Titans on defense. The team gave him a guaranteed $9.5 million contract only to release him midseason.
Robinson said that the decision to move on from Beasley came immediately after the Bengals game.
“I thought in practice he was coming along,” Robinson said, “and then when we got to the games, it’s not that the effort wasn’t there, it’s that the production wasn’t there.”
“We had seen enough and it was time to go a different direction.”
Robinson said the Titans will be looking at some practice squad players throughout the week for depth at outside linebacker. Guys like Derrick Roberson will be stepping up now that Beasley is out of the picture.
When it comes to Johnathan Joseph, the move should’ve happened a while ago. Joseph, at 36 years old, found himself constantly getting exposed by younger and faster players.
Opposing teams recognized that, and targeted him often. Finally, Robinson and the Titans addressed it.
“At the end of the day we wanted to take look at some younger guys and move forward there,” Robinson said, “That’s in the end what led to that decision.”
The Titans also released Beau Brinkley, who has been a good player for the Tennessee Titans since 2012. But as of late, bad snaps has costed the Titans some crucial field goals.
When asked about that, Robinson showed his respect to Brinkley but made it clear it was time to move on.
“At the end of the day that’s what it was,” Robinson said, “It was something that he had kind of gotten sideways on a little bit, and we didn’t see him fixing it.”
Brinkley’s recent bad snap may have costed the Titans their Pro Bowl Punter for a few weeks. Because of the bad snap, a simple field goal try turned into a disaster, Kern was intercepted on a throw and taken down. Now Kern is dealing with an injury to his wrist.
The Tennessee Titans hope these moves will improve their defense and special teams. They face the Chicago Bears this Sunday, who have had struggles at the quarterback position but has plenty of talent across the board.
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