What does adding Ryan mean to Titans?

July, 15, 2010
7/15/10
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The Titans' addition of veteran tight end Sean Ryan amounts to Craig Stevens insurance.

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“Just a blocker,” Scouts Inc.’s Matt Williamson said. “Tough kid. Hard worker. Limited abilities. Will struggle to separate. Little quickness. Zero downfield ability.”

Stevens has a huge fan in Frank Wycheck, the former Oilers/Titans tight end who’s now the Titans' radio play-by-play man. I work with Wycheck on The Wake Up Zone on 104.5 The Zone in Nashville. We’re on the air now and I asked him for his thoughts on Ryan during a break.

“He is the same type of guy, he’s pretty much an older Craig Stevens,” Wycheck said. “In camp you need bodies, you need guys. And Sean Ryan could be a guy that kind of pops and you like him and he clicks. If he does well he could put them in position to keep four tight ends. But if he’s not head and shoulders above Craig Stevens his worth isn’t as much.”

Bo Scaife and Jared Cook will be the passing-target tight ends. Stevens will draw the dirty work after the free-agent departure of Alge Crumpler, who got too much attention for being extra big and not enough attention for a big role in Chris Johnson's 2,000-yard campaign.

The Titans carried Scaife, Crumpler, Cook and Stevens last year.

Journeyman Ryan has been out there, some Titans fans will say, so how good can he be?

But if Ryan has a big camp Tennessee could decide it needs to stick with the four tight-end idea. If Stevens were to get hurt, they’d likely need a blocking tight end to fill in rather than trying to use Scaife or Cook in more of a blocking role.

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