Friday, September 4, 2009
Minus Jones, Titans' return game uncertain
By Paul Kuharsky
Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky
Jim Wyatt spent the day digging on Titans’ cuts and came up with a list of 16 cuts. That leaves Tennessee with six more moves to get to 53 on Saturday.
Among those already notified of their fate are return man Mark Jones, who told me Thursday night after a solid game as the return man that he felt he’d made the team, and veteran cornerback DeMarcus Faggins, the Former Houston Texan.
Those two veterans each signed two-year deals with $200,000 signing bonuses, so the Titans hardly took a bath for the right to have them in camp. The team may like rookie alternatives like Ryan Mouton and Jason McCourty to Faggins as depth at corner. But there is no clear cut return man on the roster.
Rookie running back Javon Ringer looks to have nice potential fielding kicks. Mouton can return punts, but has been out with an ankle injury. The team could look to a veteran defensive back like Cortland Finnegan or Michael Griffin for the job Thursday night before sorting it out further.
Also gone are the team’s top undrafted rookie, defensive tackle Mitch King, and punter A.J. Trapasso, who scored on a 40-yard fake punt in the Hall of Fame Game and hit the scoreboard with a punt during the first game in Cowboys Stadium.