A pair of 2010 draft picks — third-round choice Rennie Curran and sixth-round choice Myron Rolle — were among 15 players the Tennessee Titans waived Friday as the franchise began the move toward its opening day roster.
All NFL teams must be at 53 players by Saturday afternoon. With Friday’s moves, the Titans are at 65. They also have a roster exemption for running back Chris Johnson, who passed his physical and signed his contract on Friday.
Defensive end Hall Davis, running back Herb Donaldson, tight end Riar Geer, tight end Cameron Graham, offensive linemen Thomas Gray, defensive Julian Hartsell, running back Stafon Johnson, wide receiver James Kirkendoll, cornerback Lequan Lewis, offensive linemn Pat McQuistan, running back Kestahn Moore, wide receiver Michael Preston and fullback Joe Tronzo also were released.
Curran played in nine games as a rookie and finished third on the team with 11 special teams tackles. He also had a team-high 15 solo tackles (19 total stops) during the preseason.
At 5-foot-11 (a generous listing, to be sure) and 230 pounds, though, he did not fit with the Titans’ emphasis on size at defensive line and linebacker under first-year coach Mike Munchak and defensive coordinator Jerry Gray.
“With the emphasis being a bigger linebacker, no doubt it’s affected the linebacker position,” Munchak said. “… There definitely [were] some interesting decisions to be made at that spot.”
Rolle, known as much for his academic prowess in college (he was a Rhoades Scholar coming out of Florida State), spent all of the 2010 season on the practice squad.
"The good thing is you have more than 53 that you believe can play in the league," Munchak said. "We feel we have had good competition here and we do have more that can play.
"Unfortunately there will be guys we cut or let go of that will be playing somewhere else in this league. Then you will be second-guessed about why you let that guy go and then you will have to say, ‘Well this is why’ and it’s not always a perfect fit."