The Tennessee Titans needed a body. A big body.
With guard Leroy Harris still on the mend from offseason surgery, the Titans signed free agent guard Kyle DeVan on Monday. To make room, free agent rookie running back Darryl Whiting was released.
“We have to be careful with Leroy’s shoulder,” coach Mike Munchak said late last week. “He is pretty healthy and he wants to practice, but that is one of those things where you decide after so many months, that is one of those surgeries where you wait four and four and a half months because if someone ran into his shoulder, he will probably be limited for a little longer until he gets involved in the offense, defense drills.”
The Titans resume organized team activities (OTAs) this week.
DeVan, 27, spent two seasons with Indianapolis and played for Philadelphia last fall. The 6-foot-2, 305-pounder started 25 games over that span.
At the very least, he provides an extra body to share the workload during this month’s OTAs and minicamp workouts. However, with his experience he also possibly looms as a possible threat to Harris’ roster spot.
Harris (6-foot-3, 303) has 34 career starts, the majority of them in the last two seasons, but already has lost his spot at left guard to free agent Steve Hutchinson.
The Titans do expect center Eugene Amano, who underwent a pair of offseason procedures, to be more involved this week. He did not participate in offense against defense work during last week’s OTAs.
“He has been running on the field and we have just held him out of the offense, defense stuff,” Munchak said. “… We assume, by Tuesday and Wednesday he should start doing not full reps, but maybe half the work.”