Titans: Cutdown analysis

August, 30, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

Biggest surprise: A lot of us fell asleep on defensive tackle Antonio Johnson, no one more than me. I presumed he'd be a better fourth tackle than what they had last year and anything else they had now. Apparently not. The fifth-round pick from 2007 missed his whole rookie year with a blown out knee, but once he got back he didn't show enough. Roydell Williams had 55 catches last year, but his issue was the ankle injury he's coming back from. It's not a surprise that safety Calvin Lowry isn't good enough to be on the team but it still a mild surprise the team cut him.

No-brainers: Quarterback Ingle Martin and kicker John Vaughn were likeable locals, but everyone knew there wasn't a spot for them since the Titans would only keep two quarterbacks and since Rob Bironas is expected to be ready after missing a lot of time with a groin issue. Expect Martin back on the practice squad.

What's next: The Titans have four safeties, but Vincent Fuller plays as the nickel back, so it's a spot that could be addressed through a waiver claim or veteran signing. Chris Davis might be on the 53 only long enough for the Titans to bring in another receiver. Kevin Vickerson beat out Johnson, but will he survive once waiver claims and free agents are sorted out? If LenDale White and Chris Johnson are healthy, look for Chris Henry to be inactive a lot.

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