Tennessee Titans: Visanthe Shiancoe

The Titans' tight end dilemma

December, 5, 2013
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Titans have two tight ends coming off concussions. Though they could both be healthy enough to play in Denver, playing them both would be a big risk.

Craig Stevens was cleared to return, and practiced on a limited basis Thursday. Delanie Walker was still out, but had a rigorous workout away from practice and will have tests that could clear him Friday.

If all that goes well, can the Titans afford to dress them both in Denver? Maybe, but only if they find an avenue to also suit up the tight end they just added, Visanthe Shiancoe.

Because if they go in with their usual three -- Walker, Stevens and Taylor Thompson -- and Walker or Stevens is sidelined by an early hit, they will be in a tough spot for a game where they will likely want to use two tight ends often.

“We may have to think about (four active) and see how that would affect another position,” Munchak said. “(Stevens and Walker) would have to both be doing really well in our mind, and not take a chance to lose both of them in the first quarter and be without someone we feel can help us in the passing game.

“If you see them both suit up, then we feel really confident about both of them, as good as you can. If we’re not, then we would probably put one of them down and keep the other kid (Shiancoe) up.”

RTC: Visanthe Shiancoe's crash course

December, 5, 2013
Reading the coverage of the Tennessee Titans ...

Free safety Michael Griffin’s been accused of being soft in the past. Now, after his one-game suspension, a guy at a local barbecue joint nicknamed him “Killer,” says Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean.

To which I say: No matter the suspension, he's hardly some headhunter back there.

Visanthe Shiancoe is happy for the chance with the Titans, says Wyatt. Shiancoe caught on quickly his first day on the field, says David Boclair of the Nashville Post.

Ryan Fitzpatrick will wear a hand-warmer but not a glove in Denver, says Wyatt.

Titans restock at tight end, fullback

December, 3, 2013
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The banged-up Tennessee Titans jiggled their roster Tuesday to restock for Sunday’s game at Denver and the remainder of the season, adding veteran tight end Visanthe Shiancoe.

Shiancoe will join Taylor Thompson as the two healthy players at the position. Craig Stevens missed the Titans' game at Indianapolis because of a concussion. Delanie Walker was knocked out of the game against the Colts in the first half with a concussion of his own.

The Titans also have a new fullback who’s really not new. Collin Mooney is on injured reserve with a knee injury suffered at Lucas Oil Stadium, and the Titans replaced him with Quinn Johnson, who was the team’s fullback in 2012. Johnson went on injured reserve just before this season, and the Titans reached an injury settlement with him and went forward with Mooney.

Putting Mooney on IR created one open roster spot, and the Titans created two more by waiving linebacker Zac Diles and safety Shann Schillinger. Shiancoe and Johnson fill two spots, and Michael Griffin returns from a one-week suspension that came with a roster exemption.