New LB Andy Studebaker Hopes to Impress Titans


NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Titans signed a Studebaker on Monday, and he's ready to roll.

Andy Studebaker, who has 94 games of NFL experience over seven seasons with the Chiefs and Colts, arrives at a time when the Titans are short-handed, and looking for players to emerge at outside linebacker.

He's played inside and outside linebacker during his career, but is willing to line up anywhere with the Titans. He believes he has plenty left in the tank.

"I'll let them decide (where I play),'' Studebaker said. "For now I'll just keep grinding and whatever they give me I'll take and I'll worry about all that later and leave it up to the coaches.

"You do what you can. You control what you can control, and leave the stuff that's up to other people, leave it up to them. And the stuff that's up to me I'll do my best."

Behind starters Brian Orakpo and Derrick Morgan, some roster spots can be had by others currently on the team. Rookies Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil and J.R. Tavai got off to a nice start in training camp, but both suffered injuries in Friday's preseason opener against the Falcons.

Enter Studebaker, who played in 13 games and totaled 13 tackles, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and four special teams stops last season while with the Colts. Outside linebacker Jonathan Massaquoi is expected to get his first preseason action on Sunday vs. the Rams. Rookie Deiontrez Mount is also in the mix.

"He's a veteran that's been a good player, contributed on special teams. We've played against him a few times through the years, I've always had a lot of respect for him,'' coach Ken Whisenhunt said of Studebaker. "With our issues at linebacker, he's a veteran guy who can come in and perform for us and help out on special teams. It's a good opportunity for him and a good opportunity to us."


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