The Tennessee Titans signed former Vols tight end Ethan Wolf as an undrafted free agent shortly after the conclusion of the 2018 NFL Draft.
It wasn’t a surprise that Wolf was scooped up by the Titans. He’s an athletic tight end that has the size and talent to be a solid player in the NFL.
Wolf likely went undrafted because he didn’t put up eye popping numbers during his time at UT. But neither did future hall of famer Jason Witten, who played tight end at Tennessee from 2000-2002.
Here’s a comparison:
- Wolf — 44 games — 91 receptions — 996 receiving yards — 7 touchdowns
- Witten — 36 games — 68 receptions — 797 yards — 7 touchdowns
(It should be noted that Witten started his career at Tennessee as a defensive end.)
Tennessee tight end Ethan Wolf passes Jason Witten for most career receiving yards by TE in school history.
— Jimmy Hyams (@JimmyHyams) September 17, 2017
Obviously Wolf and Witten played under different circumstances, but the point is that you can’t discount Wolf’s potential as a pro player simply because of his lack of “big” numbers (by some folks’ standards) in college.
Will Ethan Wolf stick on the Titans’ roster?
If Wolf is going to make the Titans’ 53 man roster he has a tough battle in front of him.
Delanie Walker and Jonnu Smith are locks to make the roster. Wolf will likely be competing with Phillip Supernaw and fellow former Vol Luke Stocker for the final tight end spot on the roster.
Wolf is the unknown among that group. Stocker and Supernaw are both veterans and they’re each regarded as solid blockers.
The Titans might be more inclined to keep Stocker or Supernaw on the 53 man roster, because of their blocking ability.
ESPN apparently feels the same way because they have the Titans keeping Stocker on the 53 man roster over Supernaw and Wolf.
I definitely think Wolf will at least stick on the Titans’ practice squad. And he could end up getting a shot at landing on the 53 man roster if he can prove to be a capable blocking tight end during training camp and pre-season.
Either way, I believe the Titans have high hopes for Wolf (as high as you can have for an undrafted free agent) and I think he’ll eventually get an opportunity to shine in Nashville.
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