Andy Levitre not on Tennessee Titans projected roster

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Here is a position-by-position look at who stays, who goes when the Tennessee Titans make their final cuts.

Quarterbacks (3): Marcus Mariota, Zach Mettenberger, Charlie Whitehurst.

Running backs (4): Bishop Sankey, David Cobb, Antonio Andrews, Dexter McCluster.

Fullback (1): Jalston Fowler.

Wide Receivers (5): Kendall Wright, Harry Douglas, Hakeem Nicks, Justin Hunter, Dorial Green-Beckham.

Tight ends (4): Delanie Walker, Anthony Fasano, Craig Stevens, Phillip Supernaw.

Offensive tackles (4): Taylor Lewan, Jeremiah Poutasi, Byron Stingily, Jamon Meredith.

Guards (3): Byron Bell, Chance Warmack, Wil Poehls.

Centers (2): Brian Schwenke, Andy Gallik.

Defensive ends (5): Jurrell Casey, DaQuan Jones, Karl Klug, Ropati Pitoitua, Mike Martin.

Defensive tackles (3): Sammie Hill, Al Woods, Angelo Blackson.

Outside linebackers (4): Brian Orakpo, Derrick Morgan, Jonathan Massaquoi, Deiontrez Mount.

Inside linebackers (3): Avery Williamson, Zach Brown, Wesley Woodyard.

Cornerbacks (5): Jason McCourty, Perrish Cox, Blidi Wreh-Wilson, Coty Sensabaugh, Cody Riggs.

Safeties (4): Michael Griffin, Da'Norris Searcy, Marqueston Huff, Daimion Stafford.

Specialists: Ryan Succop. Brett Kern, Beau Brinkley.

Some thoughts:

  • Carrying eight defensive linemen on a 3-4 team is heavy, but the lowest-ranking guy here, probably Martin, is definitely one of the best 53 players the Titans have. And Hill is going to miss some time after recent knee surgery.

  • Tight end Chase Coffman is a good pass catcher who showed it against Thursday night (four catches for 59 yards) against the Vikings. I had him on the roster I did on Aug. 11. Now I have flipped him with Phillip Supernaw. In a fourth tight end the Titans need someone who can block and play special teams, and Supernaw does those things better. And he's a pretty good pass catcher, too.

  • Linebacker depth is an issue. I cut inside backer Zaviar Gooden, who missed all but the first game with a hamstring injury. (So he might need to be waived-injured.) But whether he sticks or not, a fourth inside backer could be an upgrade spot.

  • Andy Levitre cannot be a backup for $6.5 million. Even if he took a big paycut, he no longer fits what this team wants to do or be. He will be gone. Poehls has played well as a second-teamer, but he might make it onto the practice squad for a second year if he is cut. They also like two undrafted interior linemen in Josue Matias and Quinton Spain.

  • Sixth-rounder Mount is not a lock by any means. Nor for that matter is veteran Jonathan Massaquoi. But the Titans do not have other real backup options for outside linebacker. I think it is their No. 1 priority for adding an outsider. Or two.