Making Moves: Titans Juggle Roster in Effort to Upgrade


NASHVILLE, Tenn. —A day after trimming their roster to 53 players, the Titans continued looking for ways to upgrade.

The Titans believe they did just that with a flurry of activity on Sunday.

The Titans were awarded two players off waivers – linebackers David Bass (Bears) and Steven Johnson (Broncos).

The Titans also made a move at running back, trading a 2016 conditional draft pick to Cleveland for Terrance West, a former third-round pick who led the Browns last season with 673 yards and 171 carries (3.9-yard average) while also rushing for four touchdowns.

West (5-10, 225) racked up 113 yards on 31 carries during the preseason while in a rotation with Isaiah Crowell.

To create room on the roster, the Titans waived Jonathan Massaquoi and Justin Staples, along with tight end Chase Coffman.

The team will also place running back David Cobb on short-term IR, meaning he won't be able to return to action until after eight weeks. Cobb, who suffered a calf injury prior to the team's third preseason game at Kansas City, will be able to begin practicing after six weeks.

West joins a running backs group that also includes Bishop Sankey, Antonio Andrews and Dexter McCluster in addition to fullback Jalston Fowler.

NFL rules require teams to create a spot on the 53-man roster in order to place a player on Injured Reserve/designated to return, which led to Coffman being waived. Since he's a vested veteran, Coffman is not subject to waivers and can sign with any team.

After leading the Titans in receptions and receiving yards during the preseason, Coffman could sign with the Titans or another team as early as Monday. I'm thinking the Titans will try to re-sign him.

Bass (6-4, 256), an outside linebacker, gives the Titans some experience behind starters Brian Orakpo and Derrick Morgan at the position. He played in 20 games over the past two seasons with the Bears, including two starts.

Bass, who played his college ball at Missouri Western State, posted 29 tackles and four sacks and one forced fumble and an interception return for a touchdown with the Bears.

Behind Orakpo and Morgan, the Titans also kept rookie Deiontrez Mount on the initial 53-man roster. Mount was a sixth-round draft pick out of Louisville who showed improvement throughout training camp and the preseason.

Johnson (6-1, 237) is an inside linebacker who played in 41 games for the Broncos over the past three seasons. He played in 14 games last season, with seven starts, and posted 22 tackles and a half sack and 10 special teams tackles.

Johnson, who played at Kansas, made the Broncos as an undrafted free agent in 2012 but was released by Denver as the team cut down to 53 players on Saturday.

Johnson was teammates in Denver with Titans linebacker Wesley Woodyard, who backs up starters Zach Brown and Avery Williamson at inside linebacker.

The Titans currently have the second position on the waiver wire behind the Buccaneers, who claimed five players on Sunday.

Also on Sunday, the Titans added seven players to the team's practice squad: offensive linemen Will Poehls and Josue Matias, receivers Tre McBride and Rico Richardson, running back David Fluellen, tight end Tevin Westbrook and safety Josh Aubrey.

Meanwhile, former Titans offensive lineman Gabe Ikard was claimed off waivers by the Bills.


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