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Six Hot Topics from Mike Mularkey's Press Conference


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Titans coach Mike Mularkey met with reporters on Friday at Saint Thomas Sports Park, one day after the team's 21-10 win over the Dolphins in the preseason finale.

The big news on this day, of course, centered on roster cuts.

The Titans trimmed the roster from 75 to 53 players on Friday by releasing running back Bishop Sankey, receiver Justin Hunter, running back Dexter McCluster, fullback Sam Bergen, offensive lineman Jeremiah Poutasi, offensive lineman Will Poehls, receiver Andrew Turzilli, linebacker J.R. Tavai, linebacker Curtis Grant, cornerback B.W. Webb, defensive back Marqueston Huff, kicker Aldrick Rosas, running back David Fluellen, offensive lineman Tyler Marz, offensive lineman Ronald Patrick, receiver Ben Roberts, tight end Jerome Cunningham, tight end Alex Ellis, linebacker Justin Staples, nose tackle Antwaun Woods, cornerback Kalan Reed and defensive back Curtis Riley.

Here's Mularkey on the biggest topics:


On parting ways with recent draft picks like Hunter, Sankey and Poutasi…**

"We've added some players at all those positions that have played well, played consistent. We have some numbers at those spots we feel like we can go into a game with. Like we've said from the very beginning, the guys that are the most consistent and play at a level we'd like them to play at, those will be the guys that are on the final roster and that factored into it."

On the team's return man…

"Today, if we were playing, Tre McBride would (handle) kickoff returns and Kevin Byard would do our punt returns. Obviously there's going to be a mass number of names coming across the waiver wire and we will continue to look at that, not just for returner but for any position we feel like can help up improve the roster. … I feel really confident in (Kevin). I like his ability. He just has a knack for making plays with the ball."

On the decision to part ways with McCluster …

"That was a tough call. We just felt like the role and where we needed other position help, we felt like it was the best move for our team to do."

On keeping Tre McBride over Hunter…

"Special teams played a big value in that. Tre can return, Tre can play gunner. Tre can do a lot of things on special teams and Justin could not, and that played a big factor. Tre has made some big plays and I thought he played well last night. I'd like to see him do a little better in his blocking and his screen running, but for the most part he was more consistent."

On the No.1 waiver spot…

"We feel very good about this 53, we do. (General Manager) Jon (Robinson) really watches it every day, and obviously there's a big number coming out this time with the cuts. We'll obviously look and see if there's any position across the board that will help us improve the roster. But there's no set number, (or) that, 'We're going after this position or we have this many.' We'll look at see what is out there."

On facing the Vikings without QB Teddy Bridgewater …

"He's a good player. There's some things, we had to obviously defend against him. But I think what we have to stop is Adrian Peterson, no matter who the quarterback is, including Teddy. He is, as I call them, a game-wrecker. And we'll do whatever we have to do to stop him."

A photographic look at the 2016 Tennessee Titans as of Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016.

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