Titans waive 22, including Dexter McCluster, to get to 53

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Tennessee Titans waived 22 players Friday including veteran Dexter McCluster to get down to the league mandated 53.

Also cut by the Titans were two former second round picks in wide receiver Justin Hunter and running back Bishop Sankey.

Hunter was repeatedly labeled as “inconsistent” by head coach Mike Mularkey all off-season. Sankey was beat out by Antonio Andrews who Mularkey said Thursday night “runs our style.”

Also waived by the Titans were FB Sam Bergen, TE Jerome Cunningham, TE Alex Ellis, RB David Fluellen, LB Curtis Grant, S Marqueston Huff, T Tyler Marz, C Ronald Patrick, OL Will Poehls, OL Jeremiah Poutasi, CB Kalan Reed, S Curtis Riley, WR Ben Roberts, K Aldrick Rosas, LB Justin Staples, LB J.R. Tavai, WR Andrew Turzilli, CB B.W. Webb, NT Antwaun Woods.

Poutasi was a third round draft pick last season and started 2015 as the team’s starting right tackle, but after some early struggles he was benched and apparently never recovered.

By cutting both Ellis and Cunningham, the Titans only have three tight ends on the roster, but they’re also carrying fullback Jalston Fowler who can fill some of those blocking rolls.

The team had until 3 p.m. Saturday to make the cuts, but doing it early generally gives players a head start in finding new jobs.

Among the “bubble” players to make it are defensive lineman Mehdi Abdesmad, wide receiver Tre McBride and cornerback Cody Riggs.

The Titans are first in line on the NFL’s waiver wire and could make a number of more changes to the roster over the weekend.

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