Titans sign Antwon Blake, re-sign Byron Bell

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The Titans won’t have Coty Sensabaugh back with the team in 2016 after he signed with the Rams as a free agent this week, leaving the team with a spot to fill on their depth chart at cornerback.

They filled it on Thursday by announcing the signing of former Steeler Antwon Blake. Blake visited the Titans and Patriots before agreeing to a deal in Tennessee.

He’ll join a cornerback group that also includes Jason McCourty, Perrish Cox, Brice McCain and Blidi Wreh-Wilson. That competition could push Blake out of the starting role he filled for the Steelers last season, which may not be a bad thing given how the Steelers fared in pass defense with Blake in a leading role.

The Titans also announced that they have re-signed offensive lineman Byron Bell. Bell started games at left guard, right tackle and left tackle last season, which will make him a versatile reserve should he fail to land a starting job. If the Titans take Ole Miss tackle Laremy Tunsil with the first overall pick, his best chance of landing said job will likely come at guard.

12 responses to “Titans sign Antwon Blake, re-sign Byron Bell

  1. When I first read this I thought they signed Myron “Boo” Bell. Blake is an above average corner when his hand is not in a cast.

  2. Blake had a hard time maintaining tight coverage, and never seemed to use his arms to try to make tackles. He tried to launch himself into runners, and most times bounced off. Bad technique.

  3. I think that Blake has a good chance at being successful if he isn’t asked to do as much. Covering the slot in sub packages and being able to blitz from there is going to be some of his biggest utility. Another guy with knowledge of Lebeau’s system being added can’t hurt, either. Just like I said heading into last season it usually takes guys a year or two to learn how to play in that defense because it is so complicated. Watch for Tennessee to look MUCH better on defense this year and give some real troubles to Bortles, Osweiller and Luck.

  4. He absolutely must be a really great guy. He had a reputation among his teammates as a very hard worker, and he did play tough while injured all year long, but he absolutely must be a locker room cornerstone too. That’s the only reason I can guess for why he managed to stay in the starting line-up for so long despite getting toasted like a cheese sandwich every week. So good luck to him going forward anyways, I hope he can stay healthy.

    Go Steelers!

  5. I am glad to see that the Titans resignied Bell for either a offensive line spot for the guards, or an person to add additional offense line depth. Now I am mixed about the signinning of Blake, from what I’ve read abouim he either could be a diamond in the rough who just needs polishing, or he might be another bad offseason signing that the Titans have done in the past. I will trust in our new general manager John Robinson, because of all of the offseason moves he has made been really positive recievied by the Nashville, TN media and also theTitans fans in the local Nashville, TN area.T

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