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The Tennessee Titans will have to trim their roster from 90 to 53 on Saturday.

Now that Training Camp and the preseason have both come to a close, here’s who I see making the cuts. I’ll also include who Austin Stanley—the “A” of A to Z Sports and co-host of our daily morning sports talk show—thinks will make the cut.

Quarterback

Luke (2)

  • Marcus Mariota
  • Ryan Tannehill

Austin (2)

  • Marcus Mariota
  • Ryan Tannehill

This is undoubtedly the strongest pair of quarterbacks that the Titans have had since Steve McNair was under center and Neil O’Donnell was strolling the sidelines as the backup. Mariota has proven to give the Titans a chance to win any time that he plays. The problem with that? He’s never played a full season.

Enter Tannehill, the Miami Dolphins’ former longtime starter. He won’t become the Titans’ guy barring a total meltdown from Mariota, but he is perhaps the best backup option in the league. If Mariota misses a game due to injury, which history says he will, the Titans won’t miss much of a beat with Tannehill.

Running Back

Luke (4)

  • Derrick Henry
  • Dion Lewis
  • David Fluellen
  • Jeremy McNichols

Austin (4)

  • Derrick Henry
  • Dion Lewis
  • David Fluellen
  • Jeremy McNichols

I stated before the preseason began on my podcast that if one of the Titans’ tailbacks on the lower end of the depth chart wanted any shot at making the roster, he would need to make a name for himself and separate himself from the pack. Over the last few weeks, McNichols has done just that.

He’s been a good weapon during the preseason and took advantage of his extra opportunities during Henry’s injury absence.

Fluellen, previously a bubble guy, looks to be a lock after he reshaped his body to allow himself to play fullback. Dalyn Dawkins, despite his really strong performance in preseason game #4, is on the outside looking in. He could stick around for another year on the practice squad.

Wide Receiver

Luke (6)

  • Corey Davis
  • Adam Humphries
  • A.J. Brown (R)
  • Tajaé Sharpe
  • Darius Jennings
  • Taywan Taylor

Austin (6)

  • Corey Davis
  • Adam Humphries
  • A.J. Brown (R)
  • Tajaé Sharpe
  • Darius Jennings
  • Taywan Taylor

The Titans’ group of receivers heading into 2019 is talented both at the top and at the bottom. Davis and Humphries are reliable targets who are both very comfortable with Mariota. Brown should develop into a key piece once he gets some tread on his tires.

Sharpe seems to really be coming into his own following a strong showing during Training Camp. Jennings was the NFL’s best statistical kickoff returner in 2018, and he’s someone that the Titans’ coaches love.

That leaves Taylor, the guy clearly at the bottom of the pecking order with this group. He’s rebounded well from a disastrous preseason opener and has likely done enough to fend off roster hopeful Kalif Raymond.

Tight End

Luke (4)

  • Delanie Walker
  • Jonnu Smith
  • Anthony Firkser
  • MyCole Pruitt

Austin (4)

  • Delanie Walker
  • Jonnu Smith
  • Anthony Firkser
  • MyCole Pruitt

We know who exactly who the top two guys in this group are. Walker is a nightmare for opponents; he wins in numerous ways and is totally in sync with Mariota. Smith is a good matchup threat who can use his plus athleticism to make plays in good circumstances.

Firkser and Pruitt are a bit more mysterious, but they have both been strong in Training Camp and look to be relative locks to make the cut. Firkser gets open and catches everything. Pruitt has some speed and plays well on the line of scrimmage.

Offensive Tackle

Luke (2)

  • Jack Conklin
  • Dennis Kelly

Austin (3)

  • Jack Conklin
  • Dennis Kelly
  • Tyler Marz

As Pro Bowler Taylor Lewan serves his four-game suspension, he will not count against the Titans’ roster. That gives them an extra slot for four weeks. I think they will use that spot on an extra defensive back (see that grouping for more) and Austin thinks they’ll use it to keep Marz, an extra tackle, around.

Here’s my problem with Marz: he’s not that good. Yeah, he held up well when he had to start against the Texans in Week 2 of last season, but he’s been pretty brutal during the preseason and throughout Training Camp.

If something happens to Kelly or Conklin during Lewan’s absence, Kevin Pamphile would probably be the replacement of choice.

This is a spot where the Titans will likely be sifting through the waiver wire.

Interior OL

Luke (6)

  • Rodger Saffold
  • Ben Jones
  • Kevin Pamphile
  • Nate Davis (R)
  • Corey Levin
  • Jamil Douglas

Austin (6)

  • Rodger Saffold
  • Ben Jones
  • Kevin Pamphile
  • Nate Davis (R)
  • Corey Levin
  • Jamil Douglas

The Titans have a handful of good football players on the interior of the offensive line, and they know it. All throughout camp and the preseason, they have experimented with different combinations at right guard and center.

Rookie Nate Davis’ mystery injury from early in the preseason makes this group a little tougher to figure out, but this is how I think it will turn out. Jamil Douglas got a lot of opportunities with the starters early on in Training Camp, and the numbers seem to be in his favor for having a roster spot.

Defense —>

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