There are always players who are locks to make the roster of particular teams, and the Tennessee Titans are no different. There are several players who are a lock heading into training camp, and three of those for the Titans are their kicker, punter and long snapper.
Who are the specialist for the Titans in 2016?
LONG SNAPPER- Beau Brinkley: Entering his fifth season with the Titans, Brinkley is a lock at this spot as there is no other player on the roster to compete with him in training camp. Brinkley is durable and dependable as in 2015, Brinkley was the team’s long snapper for every punt, field goal and extra point attempt for his fourth consecutive season.
KICKER- Ryan Succop: The eight year veteran was a great addition two seasons ago, and resigned before last season. In 2015, Succop set a career-best by connecting on 87.5 percent of his kicks (14 of 16 field goals) and recording 43 touchbacks, the second-most of his career. There is a rookie kicker, Aldrick Rosas in camp, but his odds of supplanting Succop seems slim.
PUNTER- Brett Kern: In 2015, Kern continued his assault on the team’s all-time punting records. He launched a career-high tying 88 punts becoming the second-leading punter in franchise history, He placed a career-high 34 punts inside the 20 (third in franchise history) and only one touchback (career low). He also accomplished a first-of-its-kind feat, becoming the first punter in NFL history to record 80 or more punts, a net average of 40 yards, and one or zero touchbacks in a single season. He owns the top five net punting seasons in franchise history and six of the team’s top eight net punting seasons.
OUT- Rosas: Signed by the Titans as an undrafted free agent on May 9, 2016, Rosas was the starting kicker for Southern Oregon University during the 2013 season and 2014 National Championship campaigns. He converted a school-record 97.7 percent of his PAT's in his career while connecting on 25 of his 32 field goal attempts during his career. Rosas produced 123 touchbacks on 204 kickoffs and converted 116 PAT's in a row. While Rosas possesses a very strong leg, he will likely not beat out the veteran competition, but a good camp and preseason could force the Titans to make an unusual move to keep him on the practice squad.....though those odds are slim at best.