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Derrick Morgan | Linebacker

Team: Tennessee Titans
Age / DOB:  (26) / 1/6/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 261
College: Georgia Tech
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The Titans have reportedly made re-signing free agent OLB Derrick Morgan a "priority."
It would be a rare smart move by the Titans, who need to keep their good young players. (They don't have many.) Morgan isn't a difference-making pass rusher, but he's a good one, and plays solid run defense. He also just turned 26 years old. 2015 would be Morgan's second year in the Titans' 3-4 scheme. Feb 20 - 2:22 PM

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TitanInsider's Terry McCormick expects free agent edge rusher Derrick Morgan to test the open market.

McCormick doesn't see Morgan as an ideal fit in the Titans' 3-4 defense, even though he had a successful season in the system this past year, racking up 63 tackles and 6.5 sacks while grading out as PFF's 8th-ranked 3-4 outside 'backer. Prior to 2014, Morgan had been a hand-in-the-dirt base 4-3 end in college and the NFL. He has scheme-versatility, but look for 4-3 teams to come after Morgan.
Feb 11 - 2:01 PM

The Titans hope to re-sign OLB Derrick Morgan, who is headed to the open market.

The Titans' 2010 first-rounder, Morgan started all 16 games this season, racking up 63 tackles, 6.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. He was Pro Football Focus' No. 8 3-4 outside linebacker. That's despite the fact that he spent the first four years of his career at defensive end in Tennessee's old 4-3 defense. That scheme versatility will give Morgan extra value if he indeed reaches free agency.
Jan 22 - 10:17 PM

Titans OLB Derrick Morgan has been "standing out on a regular basis" in camp.

A defensive end his first four seasons, Morgan hasn't had any issues at LEO in Ray Horton's 3-4. He is expected to play end in sub packages. Horton was the most blitz-heavy coordinator in the league last season, so Morgan's sack total should improve on last year's 6.0. Entering a contract year, Morgan could attract interest as a scheme-versatile edge player next offseason.
Fri, Aug 1, 2014 07:39:00 PM

Titans DC Ray Horton said Derrick Morgan has made a "smooth transition" to outside linebacker.

Morgan has been strictly a 4-3 end his first four seasons, but will be mostly a rush linebacker in Horton's scheme. At 6'3/260, he's going to be a liability when asked to drop in coverage. Morgan should see time on the defensive line in nickel packages. His move to linebacker remains a concern despite Horton's comments. Entering a contract year, 2014 could be Morgan's last season with the Titans.
Fri, Jun 27, 2014 07:38:00 PM

Derrick Morgan confirms he's been working as an outside linebacker in DC Ray Horton's new 3-4 defense.

A base 4-3 defensive end ever since high school, Morgan has never played in a 3-4. "Now that I have been in the defense a couple of months, I love it. It may be a blessing," Morgan said. "I never thought I would drop in coverage, but now that I am doing it, it is becoming more natural." Morgan is down to 260 pounds after playing near 270 last season. He'll likely play with his hand in the dirt on obvious passing downs. We also can't rule out a trade.
Tue, Jun 10, 2014 10:39:00 AM

The Nashville Tennessean expects Derrick Morgan to play outside linebacker in DC Ray Horton's 3-4 defense.

Morgan has never played outside linebacker; he's been a 4-3 base defensive end dating all the way back to his college days at Georgia Tech. Edge rushers are edge rushers in today's game, so it might not be as big of a deal as it seems on paper. But with Kamerion Wimbley, Shaun Phillips, and Akeem Ayers also in the mix at outside 'backer, it's going to be a big training camp for Morgan. We wouldn't be completely shocked if Morgan was traded during the draft.
Mon, Apr 28, 2014 06:29:00 PM

Coach Ken Whisenhunt singled out LE Derrick Morgan as a player that impressed him after reviewing tape from last season.

Morgan, the 16th overall pick in 2010 and "offseason star" of 2013 camp, registered 34 tackles and six sacks in 14 starts. Pro Football Focus graded him as a top-six pass rusher among 4-3 ends. The Titans are expected to transition to more 3-4 under new DC Ray Horton, though they'll likely be "multiple." Most draft analysts in 2010 didn't like Morgan's potential fit in a 3-4. Others thought he possessed enough pass-rush skills for it. Morgan is 6-foot-3, 278.
Sun, Feb 16, 2014 11:06:00 AM

The Nashville Tennessean considers LE Derrick Morgan the "offseason star" of the Titans' defensive line.

Per reporter John Glennon, Morgan "did nothing to slow the momentum he gained last season." That's despite the fact that Morgan was recovering from a knee scope. A 16-game starter in 2012, Morgan notched career highs in tackles (59) and sacks (6.5) while tallying his first forced fumble. He graded out as the No. 3 4-3 end in Pro Football Focus' ratings. Still only 24, Morgan is one of the keys for a defense trying to rebound from allowing a franchise-record 471 points.
Mon, Jul 15, 2013 09:12:00 AM

Titans LE Derrick Morgan recently underwent arthroscopic knee surgery, but should be ready for training camp.

It's the third known knee surgery of Morgan's four-year NFL career. Morgan is participating in OTAs, but it's unclear to what degree. Morgan is coming off a strong 2012, where he registered 6.5 sacks and graded out as the No. 4 4-3 defensive end in Pro Football Focus' ratings. The No. 16 pick of the 2010 draft, Morgan was limited to four games as a rookie by a torn ACL, but has missed just one contest over the past two seasons.
Tue, May 28, 2013 08:27:00 PM

Titans LE Derrick Morgan continues to split first-team reps with Pannel Egboh.

It's a bad sign that Morgan, the No. 18 overall pick in 2010, can't separate from a guy who has spent the last three seasons on practice squads. Egboh started the Titans' preseason opener last week. It's possible that Morgan will end up as a pass-rushing specialist while the bigger Egboh gets the early-down reps.
Wed, Aug 15, 2012 07:58:00 AM

Titans 2010 first-round pick Derrick Morgan has been working with the second-team defense at training camp.

He's practicing behind annual practice squad-type Pannel Egboh. Morgan has reportedly been assured by defensive coordinator Jerry Gray that he's "still the starter" at left end. Morgan was the 16th overall draft pick three Aprils ago.
Sun, Aug 5, 2012 12:03:00 PM

The Tennessean confirms that Derrick Morgan is expected to start at left defensive end this season.

Morgan played last season at less than 100 percent after sustaining an ACL tear in 2010. Now nearing full health, he'll bookend free-agent addition Kamerion Wimbley. There's some sleeper appeal here in deeper IDP formats.
Sat, Jul 21, 2012 12:07:00 PM

Titans LE Derrick Morgan is no longer wearing a knee brace.

Morgan tore his ACL during Week 4 of the 2010 season and managed just 2.5 sacks while wearing the brace in 2011. He says he was only 75-80 percent. Now the former first-round pick says he's at 100 percent and feeling no pain. The Titans believe Morgan has turned the corner.
Mon, Jun 25, 2012 09:37:00 AM

Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray expects the addition of RE Kamerion Wimbley to help spur LE Derrick Morgan's production.

"Wimbley, your job is to get Morgan to get that double-team off you, to get that chip off you, because if you don’t they’ll chip you the whole year," Gray said. Coming off a torn ACL in 2011, Morgan managed just 30 tackles and 2.5 sacks in 15 appearances (10 starts). He should regain explosion a full year removed.
Sun, May 20, 2012 05:27:00 PM

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