To hear Jeff Fisher tell it, Tennessee Titans’ general manager Mike Reinfeldt has adapted an mindset similar to that of a legendary literary character, the unnamed Dutch boy who plugged a hole in a dike with his finger.
With the roster moves made over the weekend, Reinfeldt attempted to plug holes in the Titans’ roster. As he did, though, he left another area of the team exposed and possibly in need of attention at any moment.
“We need extra bodies at a number of positions,” Fisher said Monday afternoon. “With (tackle) Mike Otto questionable, we might need an extra offensive lineman. We’re light at tight end.
“We’re just evaluating.”
One spot where they’re obviously short on players is at running back.
Rookie LeGarrette Blount was released Sunday when Tennessee buffeted its linebacker depth and claimed two players off waivers, Tim Shaw from Chicago and Patrick Bailey from the Steelers. Also released to accommodate those two was linebacker Stanford Keglar.
“(Shaw and Bailey) are both very talented players, and have been very, very productive as far as special teams play is concerned,” Fisher said. “That was an emphasis for us when we started camp, and we made the commitment that we were going to do whatever we could and I think both Tim and Patrick are certainly going to help in that area.”
Without Blount, the Titans have only Chris Johnson and Javon Ringer at running back. Fullback Ahmard Hall is the next option.
The 53-man roster originally was set on Saturday and includes just three tight ends – Bo Scaife, Craig Stevens and Jared Cook. For a team that often uses two at a time that means its depth can be exhausted with one injury.
Otto missed the second half of the preseason following knee surgery and his status for the opener Sunday against Oakland is unclear.
Tennessee also has just four cornerbacks, including veteran Cortland Finnegan, who missed most of the preseason with a groin injury. It is heavy at safety, though, with six including Vincent Fuller, who could play cornerback in a pinch.
“We think we have depth; competition has created improvement in some areas,” Fisher said. “We’ve got young guys who are ready to step up in depth positions.
“We’re always going to continue to try and upgrade. If there are people available we’ll look at them, but for the most part this is the group that we’re going to go to battle with and they’re excited. They’re focused and we took advantage of the extra day (Mondy) to get started.”