Numbers game finally catches up with Titans' last wide receiver

Michael Preston is a guy the Tennessee Titans love to have around.

Ultimately, though, he is someone they can do without.

The wide receiver was released Wednesday when linebacker Zac Diles, who started one game for the Titans last season, was signed.

Preston, an undrafted free agent out of Division III Heidelberg (Ind.), has been a favorite of the coaching staff, particularly offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains, because of his size (6-foot-5, 213 pounds), his personality and his reliability. He spent all of 2011 and most of 2012 on the practice squad before he caught five passes for 59 yards in the final four games of last season.

He bucked the odds this summer when he made the roster out of training camp as the sixth wide receiver on a team that carried five each of the previous two years. He appeared in four of this season’s six games but had just one reception for four yards.

Diles’ addition provides much needed depth at linebacker, where starter Moise Fokou and backups/special teams stalwarts Patrick Bailey and Zaviar Gooden are injured.

The 28-year-old made 13 tackles in six games for Tennessee last season but spent the last nine weeks on injured reserve with a leg injury. He was in training camp with the Titans again this summer.