Titans release TE Blakley to make room for Simms

Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

NASVHILLE -- Chris Simms will work as Kerry Collins' backup today at practice. To make room for him, the Titans cut tight end Dwayne Blakley.

GM Mike Reinfeldt was complimentary of Simms in a news release.

"Chris has been a starter in the league and should fit into our system well," Reinfeldt said. "He is a smart player, who is a student of the game and has the presence in the huddle that you look for in quarterback."

A day after passing on promoting Ingle Martin and watching him sign with Kansas City, the Titans replaced him on the practice squad with Preston Parsons, who offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger knows from Denver last year.

Another thing Simms brings to Nashville is an understanding of Vince Young. Young redshirted Simms' senior year at Texas.