Titans helmet A Tennessee Titans helmet rests on the field during a training camp practice at Ascension Saint Thomas Sports Park Saturday, July 30, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn. Nas 0730 Titans 009

The Tennessee Titans have two weeks before they open their 2023 NFL season against the New Orleans Saints. And they will need to fill one huge hole after a surprising release on Sunday.

Veteran kicker Michael Badgley was expected by most to be the starting kicker for the organization this season. The team brought in Badgley along with Caleb Shudak and Trey Wolff to compete for the starting job throughout the preseason, but Badgley was the only kicker that stayed on the roster for their final preseason game on Friday night against the New England Patriots.

Badgley only participated in one preseason game this offseason, the final one on Friday. And he unfortunately didn’t do enough to keep his spot on the roster secure.

Longtime Titans beat writer  Jim Wyatt reported on Sunday that Badgley was released on Sunday as the team closes in on their final 53-man roster.

This decision means that the Titans do not have a kicker on their roster, and many are curious about what their plan will be moving forward.

The Titans will now need to find an option at the kicker position quickly, which could be challenging considering whoever ends up with the job will not have another opportunity to kick in a live game until the start of the regular season.

There are a number of veterans still looking for a home that could be enticing for the Titans, including Mason Crosby, Robbie Gould, Randy Bullock, and Ryan Succop.

It is also possible that as teams trim down their roster to cut down to 53 players, another enticing kicker currently on another team’s roster could be available for the Titans to sign.

Regardless, it has to be an uneasy feeling for Titans fans to have an unsteady kicking situation as Week 1 is getting closer and closer.

[Jim Wyatt]

About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.