Woods aboard, Titans still seek linemen

March, 13, 2014
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In Al Woods, the Titans have acquired a guy who fit’s the biggest buzzword we can attach to the Tennessee Titans at this time: versatility.

He can play up and down the line and could be an up-and-coming valuable cog to the team’s shifting front.

"Al is a player with great size, strength and toughness," Titans general manager Ruston Webster said in the release announcing the deal. "He also has the ability to play all three spots on the defensive line, which adds to his value."

Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean reports it’s two years and $5 million.

Here is Bill Polian’s scouting report :
Woods has spent a fair amount of his NFL career on the inactive list, but got a chance to play late in the 2013 season and performed well. In the Steelers' 3-4 scheme, he can play any of the defensive line positions and while he isn't much of a pass-rusher, he is a powerful player who can hold the point. This scheme is ideal for his abilities, and his versatility is a major plus.

On my Nashville radio show, The Midday 180, Greg Cosell of NFL Films sounded like he sees some potential in Woods.

"I guess in a 3-4 he fits as sort of a nose, nose-shade, that’s probably what he would do," Cosell said. "I think he can play multiple positions in a 3-4 front. But I think ultimately he’s probably be best as a nose-shade. I remember when he came out of LSU, I thought he was a pretty good prospect, he’s obviously been a guy that’s not quite become I’m sure what the Steelers thought he could become. But he’s still a young player."

The Titans have a lot of other linemen still in their sights.

Raiders defensive tackle Pat Sims is slated to visit Thursday, Wyatt reports. Texans 3-4 lineman Antonio Smith will visit Thursday as well, per Josina Anderson of ESPN. Cowboys defensive tackle Jason Hatcher is also a target.

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