KANSAS CITY – Slippery Rock University football defensive back Titus Howard has accepted a free agent rookie tryout with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Howard will fly to Kansas City this week for workouts with the team.
A 6-2 defensive back from Clairton High School, Howard declared early to become NFL Draft eligible this spring after finishing his junior year at The Rock last fall. He earned first team All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference honors playing mostly as the boundary cornerback.
Howard finished the 2016 season with 30 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, one interception and seven pass breakups. He appeared in 25 games in his two years with Slippery Rock after transferring in from the University of Pittsburgh. Howard tallied 101 total tackles and 29 passes defended during that stretch, averaging more than one pass breakup or interception per game.
After working out in front of scouts from 15 different NFL teams at Slippery Rock's Pro Day back in March, Howard was invited by more than a handful of teams to attend rookie tryouts. He and his agent chose the Chiefs as the best fit out of those offers.
Joining the Chiefs for a tryout will make Howard one of three recent Rock football players that will be playing professionally this offseason. Former offensive lineman Brandon Fusco is closing in on a new NFL contract for 2017 after starting in 64 NFL games over the last five seasons and former offensive lineman Cory Tucker recently signed a two-year deal with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League.
(photo courtesy of Slippery Rock University)