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Titans rookie tight end Taylor Thompson saw more action Sunday than he had in any previous game this season, despite the fact he wasn’t the target of a single pass.
But it also speaks volumes about how Thompson, a defensive end in college, has progressed as a run blocker in his first season.
In the Titans’ ground-heavy 37-3 win over the Dolphins, Thompson got more snaps (24) than Jared Cook (23) and was part of an offense that ran 37 times for 177 yards over a defense ranked third against the run.
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It was only prior to SMU’s bowl game last season that Thompson began dabbling at tight end — the position he played in high school. He continued working there during the all-star game in Arkansas.
“He was practicing full time at tight end — routes, catching the ball, blocking, the whole deal,” Titans scout John Salge said. “That’s when we said, ‘Wow, this guy has some ability.’ And obviously, during his pro day, he worked out as a tight end as well. We’re just excited to have him. He’s a good athlete.”
“I’d say his growth will have to come in the technique of blocking, but as far as being a receiving tight end, I think he’s uncanny,” offensive coordinator Chris Palmer said. “He’s got outstanding speed. He’s got outstanding size and hands.”