Titans cut Velasco, place Marc Mariani on IR
The Tennessee Titans have released Fernando Velasco, who started
16 games last season on the offensive line, and placed returner
Marc Mariani on injured reserve.
The Titans announced their roster moves Saturday trimming the
roster to 53.
Velasco became a starter when Eugene Amano tore a tricep in
August 2012, and the lineman started 13 games at center and three
at guard. He signed a tender this offseason to stay with
But the Titans revamped their offensive line this offseason,
signing new left guard Andy Levitre, Rob Turner and Chris Spencer.
They also drafted Chance Warmack of Alabama at No. 10 overall to be
their new right guard with Brian Schwenke out of California in the
fourth round as their possible center of the future. Schwenke
missed crucial time in training camp with a sore left
Turner took advantage of the opportunity. He started three of
the four preseason games and had been practicing more with the
first-team line recently. With the decision to release Velasco, he
appears to have won the competition to start the season at center
in the final piece of the Titans’ new interior on the line.
Tennessee also released Rusty Smith, choosing to go with two
quarterbacks in Jake Locker and Ryan Fitzpatrick. Smith still is
eligible for the practice squad if he clears waivers. Coach Mike
Munchak said keeping two quarterbacks always is on the table for
discussion, especially if the Titans needed to keep an extra player
at another position.
Munchak also said Friday they would be checking the waiver wires
for players they could add to the roster.
The Titans also waived defensive tackle Stefan Charles; tight
end Jack Doyle; safety Corey Lynch; fullback Collin Mooney;
receiver Rashad Ross; linebackers Tim Shaw and Scott Solomon and
Jonathan Willard and cornerback Khalid Wooten. That leaves
Tennessee with only six linebackers, and Akeem Ayers, Zach Brown
and Zaviar Gooden all missed games this preseason with injuries.
Colin McCarthy just returned from a hamstring injury that kept him
out three weeks.
Mariani missed last season after breaking his leg in the
preseason. He worked all offseason and played in the first
preseason game only to hurt his shoulder and miss the rest of the
preseason. Now he’s back on injured reserve, a move that leaves
Darius Reynaud as the Titans’ punt and kick returner for a second
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