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Titans Add TE Thomas Odukoya of the Netherlands as part of the 2022 International Player Pathway Program


NASHVILLE – The Titans have added tight end Thomas Odukoya to the team's roster as part of the 2022 International Player Pathway program.

Odukoya, who is from the Netherlands, is one of four players league-wide to join an NFL club through the program, which is part of the league's efforts to strengthen the pipeline of international players while aiming to provide elite international athletes the opportunity to compete at the NFL level, improve their skills, and ultimately earn a spot on an NFL roster.

Titans GM Jon Robinson informed Odukoya of the news during a Zoom call. He's expected to be in Nashville next weekend for the team's rookie minicamp.

Odukoya, who played college football at Eastern Michigan University, started playing football at age 16 in the Netherlands where he was named the Dutch National MVP. He was a team captain for two seasons and received Academic All-MAC.

Odukoya (6-6, 263) played in 40 career games at Eastern Michigan, where he caught 21 passes for 194 yards and four touchdowns. Odukoya played in 13 games in 2021, when he tallied 13 catches for 130 yards and two scores.

In addition to Odukoya, three other players joined AFC South clubs as part of the program.

This year's participants are:
Player/Position/Country/NFL Club
Marcel Dabo/DB/Germany/Indianapolis Colts
Adedayo Odeleye/DL/United Kingdom/Houston Texans
Thomas Odukoya/TE/Netherlands/Tennessee Titans
Ayo Oyelola/DB/United Kingdom/Jacksonville Jaguars

The four AFC South clubs will carry these players on their roster until the end of training camp. At that time, the players are eligible for an international player practice squad exemption, granting the team an extra practice squad member. Clubs have the opportunity to elevate the player to the active roster during the season.


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