Player News - Titans

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Titans placed OLB Kevin Dodd on the active/PUP list.

Dodd missed OTAs while recovering from preventative offseason foot surgery and is a little behind his teammates in terms of conditioning. "We think it’s a short-term PUP," said coach Mike Mularkey. "Every couple days, we’ll test him to see where he’s at." Dodd is expected to begin his career as a rotational pass rusher behind starters Brian Orakpo and Derrick Morgan.
Jul 29 - 7:50 PM

Dorial Green-Beckham reported to Titans camp at 228 pounds.

That's the lightest he's been since arriving as a second-round pick last year. DGB ran well and aced his conditioning test on Friday, a far cry from last offseason when he showed up to camp overweight. Being in better shape is a good first step, but DGB still has more strides to makes as he hopes to improve on a lackluster rookie season.
Jul 29 - 6:22 PM

Marcus Mariota reported to Titans camp at 222 pounds.

That's exactly how much he weighed at the NFL Combine in 2015. Mariota played at 215 last year but put on a little muscle this offseason. The weight gain shouldn't have a huge impact on how Mariota plays though bulking up could improve his durability after missing four games last season.
Jul 29 - 4:45 PM

Titans signed WR Andre Johnson.

Johnson loves the AFC South. After spending his first 12 seasons with the Texans, Johnson joined the Colts last year only to have easily the worst season of his career. Johnson appeared to lose all of his separation skills and found it very difficult to get open in Indianapolis. He eventually lost two-wide snaps to Donte Moncrief and finished with a 41-503-4 line. Johnson is joining a crowded receiving corps in Tennessee, but the Titans could be looking at him more for leadership purposes with youngsters Dorial Green-Beckham, Justin Hunter, and Tajae Sharpe in need of guidance. Johnson and Harry Douglas could be competing for one roster spot.
Jul 29 - 12:49 PM

Free agent Andre Johnson worked out for the Titans on Tuesday.

Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, it was a "feel-out session for both sides." Whatever it was, it signals further displeasure with sophomore Dorial Green-Beckham. Johnson appeared to have very little left in 2015, but a young team like the Titans would value his intangibles more than most.
Jul 26 - 5:50 PM

Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official website singled out third-year LE DaQuan Jones as someone who has a chance to take a "giant step" forward this season.

The 112th pick in the 2014 draft, Jones started all 16 games at left end in the Titans' 3-4 base defense last season and received really strong marks from Pro Football Focus for his run defense. Per Wyatt, Jones "should be a force to be reckoned with" and was "especially impressive" during the spring. With RE Jurell Casey drawing all the attention, Jones will see a ton of one-on-ones.
Jul 25 - 7:56 PM

TitansOnline's Jim Wyatt said he "liked what [he] saw from Kendall Wright this offseason."

Coach Mike Mularkey said he is "expecting a lot" from Wright in May, but there was not much chatter about the fifth-year receiver's performance during the offseason program. With Dorial Green-Beckham seemingly falling out of favor, Wright could establish himself as one of the primary targets in the passing game. Basically undrafted in standard leagues, he could prove something of a value.
Jul 23 - 10:09 AM

The Titans' website reports fifth-round WR Tajae Sharpe has already "established himself as one of the better route runners on the team."

It's one of the reasons he's humorously listed as a starter heading into training camp. Sharpe impressed all spring in shorts and t-shirts, so much so that longtime reporter/current team employee Jim Wyatt considers him a lock for the 53-man roster. Despite his impressive offseason, it would be stunning were Sharpe to open the season as a starter.
Jul 21 - 1:59 PM

The Titans' official website doesn't consider Harry Douglas a lock for the 53-man roster.

Douglas is battling Justin Hunter and sophomore Tre McBride for the team's final receiver spot. He has plenty working in his favor, including his veteran status, a history with coach Mike Mularkey and a team that's prone to bad decisions. Douglas turns 32 in September.
Jul 21 - 1:55 PM

According to the Titans' official website, Dorial Green-Beckham "needs to return to Nashville in better shape" for training camp.

One of the reasons Green-Beckham lost his starting job to Tajae Sharpe in a motivational ploy is that his offseason conditioning wasn't up to snuff. DGB has vowed to be ready for camp after his humbling spring. It's certainly worth noting that Green-Beckham ballooned near 250 pounds last offseason after measuring 6-foot-5, 237 at the 2015 Combine. Green-Beckham is prodigiously talented, but the lightbulb continues to only flicker. It needs to turn on.
Jul 21 - 1:52 PM

TitansOnline's Jim Wyatt expects DeMarco Murray to be the "workhorse" this season.

The Titans have consistently praised Murray's attitude and work ethic since acquiring him from the Eagles in March, and Wyatt reports the team expects him to "return to form" this season. While that may be true, they did not spend a second-round pick on Derrick Henry for nothing. Both backs should get work, and Henry could see a lot more than expected if Murray struggles again this season. Murray is ridiculously overpriced as the RB18.
Jul 19 - 9:46 AM

Titans signed No. 64 overall pick S Kevin Byard to a four-year contract.

He was one of the last draft picks to sign. The Middle Tennessee alum will spend his rookie year backing up Da'Norris Searcy and Rashad Johnson. Joey Bosa, Josh Garnett and Darron Lee are the only remaining draft picks who have yet to sign.
Jul 15 - 1:50 PM

Titan Insider's Terry McCormick considers Rishard Matthews and rookie Tajae Sharpe to be Tennessee's starters in two-receiver sets to begin training camp.

Kendall Wright will man the slot, a position that comes off the field in packages that use two tight ends or a fullback. As for Dorial Green-Beckham, McCormick says that by running him with the backups, the "Titans are showing that the spot won’t just be handed to DGB on talent alone." It would be classic Titans for this team to start Tajae Sharpe over Dorial Green-Beckham and Kendall Wright.
Jul 14 - 9:12 PM

Titans WR Tre McBride said he is "a lot more comfortable" this year.

"Internally, I know I can play in the league," McBride said. "Now it is just about whenever I get the opportunities, maximizing it." The 2015 seventh-rounder had a trying rookie season in which he spent much of his time on the practice squad. He did participate in seven games, but he caught just two passes for eight yards and a touchdown. He faces another tough road to the roster this year in a crowded receiver room. He will need a strong camp to grab a spot.
Jul 12 - 1:00 PM

Titans OL Brian Schwenke saw snaps at left guard during the offseason program.

The former starter at center, Schwenke lost his job when the Titans added Ben Jones in free agency. At worst he should serve as Jones' backup, but he will be given a shot to beat out Quinton Spain at left guard. Sophomore Jeremiah Poutasi and rookie Sebastian Tretola will also be in the mix.
Jul 11 - 11:37 AM


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