The Titans have promoted defensive lineman Mehdi Abdesmad from the practice squad to the team’s 53-man roster.
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Abdesmad (6-6, 284) was signed by the Titans as an undrafted free agent out of Boston College. He appeared in 39 career games at Boston College, and recorded 98 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 21.5 tackles for a loss, one pass defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
The Titans waived defensive lineman Mehdi Abdesmad on Sunday to make room for Amaro on the 53-man roster. Amaro, waived by the Jets on Saturday, caught 38 passes for 345 yards and two touchdowns in 14 games during the 2014 season after a stellar college career at Texas Tech, where he was a first team All-America performer. Amaro (6-5, 265) caught 106 passes for 1,352 yards and seven touchdowns during his final season at Texas Tech.
Amaro, selected 49th overall by the Jets in 2014, missed all of 2015 with a torn shoulder labrum. Amaro suffered a groin injury during this year’s preseason, which caused him to miss a game. He’s paid his dues since, working on the team’s practice squad. On Wednesday, the Titans promoted Woods to the 53-man roster.
A four-year starter at Southern California, Woods (6-1, 318) signed with the Tennessee Titans jersey cheap as an undrafted free agent this year following the draft. He totaled 113 career tackles, eight sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss at USC. To make room for Woods on the roster, the Titans placed defensive end Mehdi Abdesmadon injured reserve. Abdesmad suffered an ankle injury in Saturday’s loss to the Jaguars.
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Based on the timetable, Mularkey said he thinks Mariota could be back for some of the organized team activities in May or June. Mariota should be ready for the start of training camp in July.
“I have total respect (for him),’’ Mularkey said of Mariota. “I love the player, love the man. I love everything he stands for, everything he does. I am very disappointed he got injured. He had a lot of good things ahead of him and he still does. But I am sorry to see it end his season this way, very sorry.”
But like Titans first-round pick Corey Davis, Titans receiver Rishard Matthews faced doubters heading into the NFL from those who questioned his college competition. Matthews, who played at Nevada, thinks the team’s fifth overall pick from Western Michigan will fit in just fine.
Corey Davis hoped the Titans would pick him in the NFL Draft.
“All of that doesn’t matter when you get to this level,” Matthews said on Tuesday during a stop on the Titans Caravan in Spring Hill. “In some areas it does matter, but I know he is going to come into the league with a chip on his shoulder like I did, and he is going to show that he belongs.
New Titans draft picks Corey Davis and Adoree’ Jackson met with reporters during a press conference on Friday at Saint Thomas Sports Park. After playing against Western Michigan’s Corey Davis in the 2015 Popeyes Bahamas Bowl during his final season at MTSU, Byard knew big things were ahead for the big receiver. “He lit us up,’’ Byard said of Davis, the team’s fifth overall pick of the NFL Draft, on Thursday. Davis had eight catches for 183 yards and an 80-yard touchdown vs. MTSU.
“After the game I knew that he was going to go first round. I didn’t know when he was going to go in the first round, but I knew he was first-round talent. It is a blessing to have him on the team because he is a big-time receiver and he is going to be a big-time receiver for years.”
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On Monday, Mariota said he’s looking forward to working with Davis, the team’s first-round pick out of Western Michigan, as well.
“I am excited,” Mariota said during a Titans Caravan stop at the Fort Campbell PX. “I am excited for our entire draft class. I think we brought in a lot of really good players, and it will be fun getting to know them and build relationships that will hopefully allow us to have some success on the field.”
He was able to congratulate new Titans cornerback Adoree’ Jackson in person last month at the NFL Draft in Philadelphia. Casey made the rounds on the Titans Caravan last week, when he discussed several topics, including Jackson, the team’s new free agents, and his spot among the top players in the NFL. The Titans snagged Jackson to bring some action. At USC, he was the 2016 Jim Thorpe Award winner as the nation’s top cornerback. He finished the season with 55 tackles, five interceptions and 11 passes defensed while totaling 1,230 all-purpose yards and five touchdowns.
After adding several players to the secondary in free agency, the Titans drafted cornerback Adoree’ Jackson with the 18th overall pick. Titans secondary coach Deshea Townsend discussed Jackson, and the group, at a recent Caravan stop.