The Titans recently confirmed the signing of 14 un-drafted free agents, and former TCU offensive tackle Anthony McKinney is among them. McKinney started the final 11 games at left tackle for the Horned Frogs in 2019.
McKinney recently spoke with MCM about how he formed a relationship with the Titans throughout the pre-draft process, what he brings to the table, and which of his teammates he can’t wait to meet in person.
JM: You didn’t start playing football until your junior year of high school. You eventually made your way to TCU by way of JUCO. What was your learning curve like when you first arrived at a big program such as TCU?
AM: I would say that the biggest learning curve was adjusting to the speed of the game. The speed of the game doesn’t slow down for anybody. That’s the truth. Coming from high school and a northern football system, going to Texas and playing football down here is a different animal. Texas became my home. They’re crazy about football down here. It’s been one heck of a ride so far.
JM: Do you remember that first “welcome to TCU moment?”
AM: Yeah, I definitely do (laughs). I remember coming out of the tunnel pre-game getting ready to play against Ohio State. We played that game at AT&T Stadium. I remember walking out of the tunnel and seeing 110,000 screaming fans. That was definitely a welcome to college football moment for me.
JM: I don’t know what year that was, but I’m going to assume you had to block a pretty good pass rusher as well. They surely had a Chase Young or Bosa brother.
AM: I can do one you better. How about a Bosa brother AND a Chase Young? (laughs). They had both.
JM: That’s scary (laughs). You recently signed with the Titans as an un-drafted free agent. Congratulations on that. What was draft weekend like for you?
AM: To get as specific with you as I can, my phone never stopped ringing. Teams kept calling to check up on me. They wanted to let me know where I stood in their eyes. There was a lot of uncertainty due to COVID-19 but they were interested in me. I was basically on stand-by most of the weekend. I knew that there was some interest in me. It didn’t really matter where I went to be honest with you. At the end of the day, you’re here for one reason, and that’s to make the most of any opportunity that comes your way. You’re always going to be fighting for your job. You’re trying to learn more and more every day. I’m just blessed to have this opportunity.
JM: How did the opportunity with the Titans come about?
AM: My agent was basically negotiating numbers back and forth with a couple of teams. He eventually called me and broke down which deals I had available to me on the table. Knowing what I did about the Tennessee Titans organization, I choose them. I had done my research and I had a pretty good idea that it would be the Titans the entire time. I made the best decision for myself.
JM: Did you have a lot of discussion with them pre-draft?
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