The Titans continued their roster shuffling on Wednesday, adding a veteran and a quasi-veteran in running back Alvester Alexander and linebacker Greg Jones. To room for Alvester and Jones, the Titans waived recent undrafted free agent signee running back Stefphon Jefferson, while the other roster spot came from the departure of Canadian OT Matt Sewell.
Alvester spent the final week of 2012 on the Titans' practice squad, an appearance so memorable I'd actually forgotten about it until news of the signing broke. He spent most of 2012 on the Colts' practice squad. A Houston native who attended the University of Wyoming, he has yet to appear in an NFL game. If I've seen him play (last preseason, probably), I've forgotten about it. Jefferson was a highly productive collegiate back I thought might have had a chance to beat out Jamie Harper, but that was more a reflection of what I thought Harper's role was than any particular like for Jefferson's game.
Jones, not to be confused with the fullback of the same name who also played for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2012 (and is now a member of the Houston Texans), was a sixth-round pick in 2011 by the Giants out of Michigan State. A highly productive tackling machine in college, he started five games at middle linebacker as a rookie as an injury fill-in but failed to make the team in 2012. The Jaguars picked him up during the season. He was credited with four tackles in six games before ending the season on injured reserve. Jacksonville waived him earlier this offseason. Throw him somewhere in the mix with Patrick Bailey and Tim Shaw as potential key special teams players the Titans would prefer not to have on the field for too many snaps.
The additions of Alvester and Jones come a day after I suggested the Titans look at adding competition at running back, linebacker, and cornerback rather than the already-crowded defensive line scramble they added Antonio Johnson to. It's rare for teams to change how good they are in May, and most of the times that news is unfortunately, like that out of San Diego. More competition, hey!