Titans beef up offensive line with a pair of additions

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 10:43pm

The Tennessee Titans finally reached the 90-man roster limit Wednesday. They also might have threatened some sort of weight limit with the addition of a pair of offensive linemen.

Michael Jasper and Jonathan Palmer – at more than 700 pounds combined – were added to beef up the line depth a day after reserve tackle Mike Otto sustained a finger injury, which might ultimately require surgery. Otto sat out the day’s workout and looked unlikely to play Friday at Tampa Bay.

Jasper (6-foot-4, 375 pounds) played high school football at Mt. Juliet, and the Buffalo Bills drafted him in the seventh round last year out of Bethel College, where he was a defensive tackle. He weighed 394 pounds when he entered the league and played at as high as 440 pounds in college.

He spent most of last season on the Bills’ practice squad, was activated for the final game but did not play. Buffalo used him as a guard but cut him earlier this week.

Palmer (6-foot-5, 338 pounds) entered the NFL in 2007 as an undrafted free agent. He has not played in an NFL game but has spent time on the practice squads of several franchises, including Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Carolina and Arizona.

A native of Decatur, Ga., he played college football at Auburn.

• Winning ways: The Titans have not lost their first two preseason games since 2006.

They will attempt to continue that streak against the Buccaneers. The opened the preseason with a 27-17 loss last Saturday at Seattle.

“I just think it’s good to win whenever you go out,” coach Mike Munchak said. “Obviously, these four games aren’t going to affect our regular season record by any means and it will be forgotten. I still think it’s good to have certain things happen and learn how to win as a team even though you are playing a lot of guys. The goal is always to win. You want to win, but you just don’t get caught up in either way it goes when the outcome is over.”

Prior to 2006, the last time Tennessee dropped its first two games was 1999, the year it went to the Super Bowl.

• Looking ahead: Munchak said there is no plan in place for which quarterback will start the third preseason game, Aug. 23 against Arizona at LP Field.

“A lot of it is going to depend on what starts happening,” Munchak said. “We’re running out of time. It’s funny how we talked about it back in April or May saying, ‘Well, geez, we’ve got three or four months,’ and now the seasons getting close. I think we feel good about [the competition]. I think we’ll make that decision around next weekend, a couple days after this game.”

He added that a decision on who will start in the regular season will be made “before we start the regular season.”