Player News - Titans

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Coach Mike Mularkey said Wednesday the Titans will continue to view DeMarco Murray as "the guy" in their backfield for 2017.

Mularkey called sophomore Derrick Henry "an important part of our offense," but confirmed Murray will enter 2017 as Tennessee's workhorse. Now 29 years old, Murray averaged 4.39 yards per carry and logged 346 touches last season, although his effectiveness waned down the stretch due to a toe injury. While Henry will remain a threat for short-yardage and complementary carries, Murray's superior all-purpose ability keeps his feature back role secure.
Feb 22 - 9:08 PM

Titans coach Mike Mularkey assured Wednesday that Marcus Mariota's (broken fibula) rehab is "doing very well."

The Titans plan to hold Mariota out of OTAs, an approach confirmed when GM Jon Robinson stated the "most important thing this offseason is to make sure Marcus Mariota is healthy." The Titans remain pleased with Mariota's rehab, which he is currently doing in Oregon. He should be 100 percent well before training camp. Adding to Mariota's weapons should also be a Titans priority.
Feb 22 - 9:01 PM

Titans coach Mike Mularkey said he wants his running backs to release into their pass routes "quicker."

"My first couple years here, we were one of the worst teams in protections, gave up the most sacks two years ago," Mularkey said. "And we may have over-emphasized it too much that the backs are waiting for something to happen and trying to get an extra chip. But we’ve got to get them out quicker." DeMarco Murray managed 53 receptions despite Mularkey's concerns, which was tied for sixth in the league among running backs. If given more freedom to get downfield, it is possible he could better that number in 2017.
Source: ESPN
Feb 21 - 11:05 AM

Coach Mike Mularkey said Marcus Mariota (broken fibula) is not expected to be ready for OTAs.

In January, Mularkey said Mariota would be back "when we get this thing rolling," but the coach said they are going to be "over-cautious" with the injury in a radio interview on Wednesday. "He’s on schedule," Mularkey said. "You guys know Marcus like I do. He’s probably gonna over-train to come back as quickly as he can, and we’re probably gonna have to put the reins on him to hold back a little bit." Despite the caution, Mariota should be ready for training camp.
Feb 16 - 12:10 PM

Coach Mike Mularkey said impending free agent DE Karl Klug (Achilles') is unlikely to be ready for the start of training camp.

Klug tore his Achilles' in Week 15. He was having a strong season as a rotational piece before getting hurt, totaling 31 combined sacks, hits, and hurries on less than 50 percent of the snaps. Klug's injury probably makes it more likely the Titans could bring him back on a one-year, prove-it deal.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 15 - 1:58 PM

Cameron Wolfe of the Denver Post believes impending free agent Kendall Wright would be a good fit for the Broncos.

It's a near certainty that Wright won't be back in Tennessee, and Denver could use a slot receiver to complement Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas. Coming off a season where he was benched multiple times, Wright should be relatively affordable. Denver's offense was painfully stagnant down the stretch.
Source: Denver Post
Jan 25 - 7:43 PM

Terry McCormick of TitanInsider considers RCB Jason McCourty a candidate for release.

McCourty was passable at cornerback this season but is coming off a shoulder injury and is due a $7 million salary. Even if the Titans keep him, McCormick believes McCourty would "have to fight to retain his starting spot." McCourty has spent his entire eight-year career in Tennessee and might be amenable to a pay cut.
Jan 23 - 1:16 PM

Titans DC Dick LeBeau confirmed he will return for the 2017 season.

"The only question in my mind was from the standpoint that somebody’s got to want you to work," LeBeau said. "When [coach Mike Mularkey] said he wanted me to stay, there was no doubt." LeBeau will turn 80 in September, but he remains one of the top defensive minds in the game. If GM Jon Robinson can get him some help in the secondary, the Titans should take a step forward on defense in 2017.
Jan 19 - 12:51 PM

Titans coach Mike Mularkey said Marcus Mariota (broken leg) is "on track" and "doing great."

"He should be back when we get this thing rolling," Mularkey added. It is not clear if things get "rolling" in OTAs or training camp, but there is no doubt Mariota will be ready for Week 1. Coming off a breakout season, Mariota should be able to take another step forward in 2017 if the Titans can surround him with one or two more weapons.
Jan 19 - 10:11 AM

Titans DC Dick LeBeau raved about 2016 fifth-round CB LeShaun Sims.

"He is one of our promising young players," LeBeau said. "I think he has a bright future. He has good size, and size and speed is a good combination for a corner. He’s really worked hard, he has a good work ethic." Sims played just six defensive snaps Weeks 1-11, but was in on 230 plays from Week 12 on after Tennessee released CB Perrish Cox. At 6'/203, Sims tested well at last year's Combine and has a chance to open next season with a prominent role.
Jan 18 - 10:58 AM

The Titans have promoted GM Jon Robinson to executive vice president, though he will retain his "GM" title.

It's a reward for the ex-Bucs and Patriots executive's excellent first year on the job. It's also a reminder of the Titans' mysterious power structure at the top. There's been a vacuum since longtime owner Bud Adams' death in 2013.
Jan 5 - 7:24 PM

Titans fired WRs coach Bob Bratkowski and assistant WRs coach Jason Tucker.

Before coming to Tennessee, Bratkowski had previously served as Mike Mularkey's OC in Jacksonville. "I have a lot of respect for both Bob and Jason and I want to thank them for their work this year," said Mularkey on Wednesday. "The search process begins now as we look for a coach to lead the wide receivers and add to our coaching group on offense." Bratkowski and Tucker didn't have much to work with this year with Rishard Matthews, Tajae Sharpe and Kendall Wright operating as the team's top three receivers. Giving Marcus Mariota better weapons should be a top priority for Tennessee this offseason.
Jan 4 - 6:47 PM

Impending free agent Kendall Wright said he feels "free."

Benched in Week 14 and a healthy scratch in the season finale, Wright has certainly played his final game with the Titans, who did not have much need for a player they deemed a slot receiver. Wright will head to free agency coming off two disappointing seasons, but he is only 27 and flashed big-time talent early in his career. He might have to settle for a prove-it deal, but Wright could end up being one of the bargains of free agency.
Source: ESPN
Jan 3 - 9:52 AM

Marcus Mariota will require the assistance of a "knee walker/scooter" for the next two months.

Mariota can't put any weight on his broken leg for eight weeks. Once he can, the real rehab will begin. Mariota could miss the entire offseason program, but barring a setback, will be ready for training camp.
Jan 2 - 2:38 PM

DeMarco Murray (foot) expects to avoid surgery, but hasn't ruled it out.

Murray expects rest to do the trick for his "torn plantar plate," but couldn't completely rule out going under the knife. Murray didn't miss any games, but wasn't the same after his mid-season toe/foot issue. Murray has dealt with foot problems in the past. The ex-Cowboy turns 29 next month.
Jan 2 - 1:05 PM


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