What Does Keyunta Dawson’s Re-Signing Mean for the Tennessee Titans?

By Joshua Huffman
Keyunta Dawson Tennessee Titans
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A strong preseason was enough for the Tennessee Titans to give Keyunta Dawson another look in training camp during the 2013-14 NFL season. The Titans have announced that they’ve re-signed Dawson to a one-year contract. Contract details had not yet been disclosed.

Dawson made the 53-man roster after he finished the preseason with three sacks. He entered the season as a reserve pass-rush specialist. Dawson was placed on injured reserve after he injured his hamstring in Week 3.

Preparing for his seventh season, Dawson has 117 career tackles with one forced fumble and one sack. In addition to the Titans, Dawson has played with the Indianapolis Colts and Detroit Lions. His only sack and forced fumble came during his 2007-08 rookie season.

What does this mean for the defensive line? Derrick Morgan and Kamerion Wimbley are the starters. Dawson will compete for playing time with Scott Solomon and possibly Jarius Wynn or any newcomers from free agency or the 2013 NFL Draft. There’s a strong chance that either Dawson or Solomon won’t make the team out of training camp.

Don’t look at this signing as anything more than giving Dawson a chance to win a roster spot. Wynn should have the advantage over him because of his strength in defending the run. The Titans need someone who can replace Wimbley on running downs.

Expect the Titans to use free agency and the draft to add more bulk to a defensive line that was part of the NFL’s 24th-ranked run-defense. Management has too much at stake to put their fate in the hands of a six-year veteran with one sack. Dawson won’t make the team as anything more than a No. 5, maybe No. 4 defensive end.

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