The Titans claimed former Jets tight end Jace Amaro off waivers Sunday, their lone pickup with the top spot in the waiver order, indicating that general manager Jon Robinson and coach Mike Mularkey were largely happy with the 53-man roster after cutting 22 players Friday.
Amaro, a second-round draft pick out of Texas Tech in 2014, showed promise as a rookie. He appeared in 14 games while recording 38 catches for 345 yards and two touchdowns, and set career highs with 10 catches for 68 yards and a score in a loss to the Broncos.
But at times, he struggled to hang onto the ball, finishing the season with the second-highest drop rate in the NFL.
The 6-foot-5, 265-pound Amaro missed all of last season after surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder, which he injured in the Jets' first preseason game.
In a corresponding roster move, the Titans released undrafted rookie defensive end Mehdi Abdesmad.
Amaro joins a group of Titans tight ends that includes Pro Bowler Delanie Walker,veteran Anthony Fasano and Phillip Supernaw, who largely contributes on special teams. Veteran tight end Craig Stevens, considered one of the top blocking tight ends in the league and the longest-tenured member of the team, retired during the preseason.
Former Titans and University of Tennessee wide receiver Justin Hunter, a second-round draft pick in 2013, was claimed by the Dolphins. He reunites with former Titans wide receivers coach Shawn Jefferson, who has the same position in Miami.
Former Titans defensive back Marqueston Huff was claimed by the Jaguars and will serve a one-game drug suspension to begin the season.
Sankey, the first running back drafted in 2014, will sign with the Patriots' practice squad, a source confirmed to The Tennessean. Poutasi, a third-round pick last season, will join the Jaguars' practice squad, according to NFL.com.
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The Titans also signed nine players to their practice squad:
- Tight end Jerome Cunningham
- Running back David Fluellen
- Tackle Tyler Marz
- Center Ronald Patrick
- Cornerback Kalan Reed
- Defensive back Curtis Riley
- Wide receiver Ben Roberts
- Linebacker Justin Staples
- Nose tackle Antwaun Woods
All nine were with the Titans during training camp. Reed was their seventh-round draft pick. The Titans still have one open spot on the practice squad.
The Titans own the top waiver claim by virtue of finishing with the worst record in the NFL last season, and remain in the catbird seat through the third week of the regular season, when the claim priority shifts to the inverse order of the standings. Players with fewer than four years of NFL experience who are cut are subject to waivers.
Last season, when Robinson was Tampa Bay's director of player personnel, the Buccaneers used the top waiver claim five times after setting their initial 53-man roster.