After Titans quarterback Alex Mortensen, the son of ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, threw an interception during the second half of the Hall of Fame game and then promptly was replaced by a returning Patrick Ramsey, it wasn’t a good sign.
And so it’s no surprise that, less than two days later, the Titans have cut Mortensen.
Mortensen was released along with cornerback Jeremy Haynes to create roster spots for linebacker Rocky Boiman and linebacker Tyson Smith.
It’s possible that Mort Jr. was simply caught up in a numbers game, given that the Titans had only three healthy linebackers for Sunday night’s game.
Still, it’s good that Mort’s son had a chance to pursue his dream. And who knows? Plenty of guys who ended up having good NFL careers got cut at some point along the way.
Meanwhile, maybe the Titans will instead hire him to be a coaching intern instead.
UPDATE: We’re told that the plan entering Sunday night’s game was that Mortensen would play in only one series, and the thinking is that, indeed, the need for linebackers hastened his departure.