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LB Rennie Curran Fits In Team’s Plans

Though the Titans intend to get bigger in the front seven, their smallest linebacker, 2010 third-round pick Rennie Curran, still fits into the team’s plans going forward, reports John Glennon of The Tennessean.

“Rennie fits in as one of our weak-side linebackers,” Titans linebackers coach Frank Bush said. “What he lacks in size as far as his height, he still a good-sized kid pound for pound and is a very explosive player, very instinctive.

“We’re comfortable with him because we know he did it in the SEC, the top level. So he’s going to be playing some of those same guys. We’re confident he can get it done.”

The 5-foot-11, 230-pound Curran appeared in nine games as a rookie, totaling seven tackles, all on special teams.

If the similarly-sized Stephen Tulloch becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer, veteran Will Witherspoon could move into the middle, which would open up a starting on the outside. That might mean Curran competes with Gerald McRath, who has started 12 games during his first two seasons in the league, on the weak side.

At 6-foot-2 and 254 pounds, 2011 second-round linebacker Akeem Ayers possesses the size and strength to play the strong side, whereas the smaller Curran and McRath may be better in read-and-react roles playing more off the ball.

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