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Could Keondre Coburn be a secret weapon for the Titans defense in 2024?

One of the most intriguing young players in the Tennessee Titans The defense is provided by Keondre Coburn. A sixth-round pick of the The Kansas City Chiefs in the 2023 NFL Draft, he was surprisingly waived by the team last October. Coburn joined the team Denver Broncos for about two weeks in November before releasing him as well. The Titans took advantage of his availability, signing him off the Chiefs' practice squad in December.

It's rare for the 194th overall pick in the 2023 draft to play for three franchises as a rookie. It's certainly a red flag, but the Titans jumped at the chance to sign Coburn, a former Texas Longhorns outstanding defender.

Due to injuries, Coburn played a significant role for the Titans late in the 2023 campaign. A big-time defensive tackle, Coburn totaled 98 snaps for Mike Vrabel's defensive line from Weeks 15-18. He played at least 20 snaps in each of those four games, including a season-high 34 against the Houston Texans in Week 17. The Tyler, Texas native then earned a 78.1 run-stopping grade from Pro Football Focus in a regular-season triumph over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Coburn is entering a pivotal second season for the Titans. This will be his first time attending training camp with the team, and he'll do so under a new head coach, defensive coordinator and position coach in Brian Callahan, Dennard Wilson and Tracy Rocker.

The lack of depth on the interior of the defensive line indicates that Coburn has an opportunity to compete for a spot on the 53-man roster. Jeffery Simmons and T'Vondre Sweat are the only two players guaranteed a spot. Sweat, by the way, who has struggled off the field, was a teammate of Coburn's at Texas. The Titans placed their lockers next to each other (and Simmons') during the offseason, indicating he could be a positive influence.

Sweat also missed the entire offseason (on the field) due to injury. Sweat is expected to be ready for training camp. If he isn't, his former 330-pound teammate could see his rep count increase, with an opportunity to impress Rocker and Wilson.

The other defender on the roster that Coburn could compete with is free agent Sebastian Joseph-Day. Joseph-Day is big enough (6-foot-4, 300 pounds) to play defensive end occasionally. He signed a one-year deal worth $1.3 million, according to OverTheCap, and had a “meh” 61.0 PFF grade last season.

Coburn should have the opportunity to compete for a rotational role this summer.

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