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

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The Tennessee Titans have an intriguing sophomore defender on their roster in Keondre Coburn

One of the more intriguing young players on the Tennessee Titans defense is nose tackle Keondre Coburn. A sixth-round pick of the Kansas City Chiefs during the 2023 NFL Draft, he was surprisingly waived by the team last October. Coburn joined the Denver Broncos for about two weeks in November before they waived him as well. The Titans pounced on his availability, signing him off the Chiefs’ practice squad in December.

It’s somewhat rare that the No. 194 overall selection in the then-most recent (2023) draft would play for three franchises as a rookie. It’s admittedly a red flag, but the Titans jumped at the opportunity to sign Coburn, a former Texas Longhorns standout defender.

Due to injuries, Coburn featured somewhat prominently for the Titans towards the conclusion of the 2023 campaign. A big-bodied nose tackle, Coburn totaled 98 snaps for Mike Vrabel’s defensive line from Weeks 15 to 18. He played at least 20 snaps in all four of those games, including a season-high 34 versus the Houston Texans in Week 17. The Tyler, Texas native later had a Pro Football Focus run-stopping grade of 78.1 in the regular-season triumph over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Coburn is entering a critical sophomore season for the Titans. It’ll be his first time going through training camp with the team, and he’ll be doing so under the guidance of a new head coach, defensive coordinator, and position coach in Brian Callahan, Dennard Wilson, and Tracy Rocker.

A lack of depth across the interior of the defensive line indicates Coburn possesses an opportunity to compete for a 53-man roster spot. Jeffery Simmons and T’Vondre Sweat are the only two players guaranteed anything. Sweat, by the way, who has had alleged off-field issues, was teammates with Coburn at Texas. The Titans placed their lockers next to one another (and Simmons’) this offseason, indicating he may be a positive influence.

Sweat has also missed the entire offseason (on-field portion) with an injury. The expectation is that Sweat will be ready for training camp. If he isn’t, his 330-pound former teammate could see increased reps, with an opportunity to impress Rocker and Wilson.

The other defender on the roster Coburn may be competing with is free-agent signing Sebastian Joseph-Day. Joseph-Day is big enough (listed at 6-foot-4 and 310 pounds) to play the nose position on occasion. He signed a one-year contract worth $1.3 million, according to OverTheCap, and had a “meh” grade of 61.0 on PFF last season.

Coburn should receive an opportunity to compete for a rotational role this summer.

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Title: Could Keondre Coburn be a secret weapon for Titans defense in 2024?
Author: Justin Melo

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