Tennessee Titans cut-down analysis

Most significant move: The Tennessee Titans made the surprise decision to keep defensive back Khalid Wooten and center Steve Vallos. Keeping Vallos is a shock. He appears to be temporary insurance for backup center Chris Spencer, who missed much of the preseason with an ankle injury. I think once the Titans are confident he’s right, they will move on to someone else at another position. The Titans have nine offensive linemen and are more likely to carry eight considering that first-rounder Taylor Lewan is the backup and both tackle and both guard slots and would take over if there was an injury anywhere but center.

Some value: Defensive end Lavar Edwards was a fifth-round draft pick in 2013 but didn’t fit the new scheme. The Titans got a conditional seventh-round pick from the Dallas Cowboys for him rather than simply cutting him, a good development. The Titans are deep on the defensive line where they have talented players such as rookie DaQuan Jones, free-agent addition Al Woods, Karl Klug, Mike Martin. Nine are starters but they provide some serious depth. Antonio Johnson (knee) was placed on IR.

What’s next: The Titans need better depth at receiver, where I expect they will look to upgrade on Derek Hagan as their fifth. They need better depth at cornerback, where Tommie Campbell was cut and the remaining guys behind the top three -- rookie Marqueston Huff, defensive back Khalid Wooten -- have little or no experience. They could look to a veteran instead of Travis Coons at kicker but I think the Titans will go with him in the opener.

Titans cuts: T Jeff Adams, CB Ri’Shard Anderson, RB Antonio Andrews, DL Chigbo Anunoby, K Maikon Bonani, CB Tommie Campbell, TE Chase Coffman, LB Brandon Copeland, QB Dominique Davis, DE Marcus Dixon, LB Moise Fokou, WR Marc Mariani, G Justin McCray, FB Collin Mooney, OL Eric Olsen, T Will Poehls, WR Rico Richardson, WR Brian Robiskie, TE Jason Schepler, CB Winston Wright.

Other moves: Traded DE Lavar Edwards to Dallas. Placed DT Antonio Johnson on IR.