Player News - Titans

Date: Team: Pos:

Titans sixth-round pick Sebastian Tretola is "in the mix" to start at left guard.

The Titans would like 2015 third-rounder Jeremiah Poutasi to run away with the job, but Tretola could be an option if he falters. With Tretola perhaps a better fit on the right side, Tennessee might also flirt with the idea of moving RG Chance Warmack to left guard.
May 28 - 11:26 AM

TitansOnline's Jim Wyatt said "the plan" is for DeMarco Murray to handle "the bulk of the carries."

Coach Mike Mularkey said as much right after the Titans spent a second-round pick on Derrick Henry. While that could be the plan right now, Henry will certainly get his opportunities and could end up stealing work if Murray looks as sluggish and spent as he did last year in Philadelphia. For what it is worth, Wyatt says Murray has "been impressive so far."
May 28 - 10:52 AM

Justin Hunter has added six pounds of muscle, bulking up from 203 to 209.

Hunter has reportedly "changed his diet." Hunter is clearly feeling the crunch of the roster bubble. Hunter is still recovering from ankle surgery, but is expected to be ready for training camp.
May 26 - 2:30 PM

Titans OLB Kevin Dodd has undergone "preventative" surgery on his right foot, and will miss OTAs.

"Preventative" has somehow become an offseason buzzword for surgeries. The reality is, players never undergo surgeries they don't need. Dodd experienced soreness in rookie camp, after which the Titans ordered up more tests. A stress fracture was discovered, and a screw has been inserted. The No. 33 overall pick of the draft, Dodd is expected to return by training camp. Going on 24, Dodd was just a one-year starter in the ACC, but extremely productive. He's a high-motor player who should get plenty of opportunities to get after the passer as a rookie. That's if he's healthy, of course.
May 26 - 1:37 PM

Titans claimed TE Jerome Cunningham off waivers from the Jets.

Tennessee is Cunningham's third team after getting cut from the Jets and Giants. He’ll add competition behind Delanie Walker, Craig Stevens, and Anthony Fasano.
May 25 - 5:06 PM

Second-year UDFA Quinton Spain is operating as the Titans' starting left guard at OTAs.

Spain is the incumbent after starting the final six games of last season at left guard. He received positive marks from Pro Football Focus for his pass protection, but was very poor in the run game. Spain will face competition this summer from Jeremiah Poutasi and sixth-round rookie Sebastian Tretola.
May 24 - 8:52 PM

Dorial Green-Beckham (hamstring) is practicing in full at OTAs.

DGB missed some time at voluntary workouts, and our last blurb had him being sidelined. We're using this as a way to relay he's 100 percent healthy. Speaking after Tuesday's first OTA, Mariota said of Green-Beckham, "The dude is a stud. ... (We have to) find ways to get him the football and let him do his thing."
May 24 - 8:50 PM

Updating an earlier item, Marcus Mariota has gained five pounds of muscle, not 15.

Titans reporter Terry McCormick evidently misunderstood something. It makes much more sense this way, as Mariota's Combine weight was 222. The underlying point remains that Mariota is bulking up in hopes of gaining durability in what's supposed to be an #ExoticSmashmouth offense.
May 24 - 5:18 PM

Titans WR Kendall Wright says he's added 12 pounds of muscle, bulking up to 195.

Wright is listed at 191, but was apparently playing closer to 183 last season. Wright has long been prone to minor injury, so maybe some added muscle will make him more durable (we're not counting on it). Wright has just 1,123 combined yards over the past two seasons (24 games). With Rishard Matthews now in the fold and Dorial Green-Beckham improving, Wright should struggle for WR4 value in a run-first offense.
May 24 - 2:16 PM

Marcus Mariota has added 15 pounds of muscle this offseason, going from 210 to 225.

Mariota said he wants to be "sturdier." He's confident of maintaining his speed despite the added heft. Mariota suffered two MCL injuries as a rookie, and clearly believes he was too slight. Adding more weight adds more pressure to his joints, of course, but 225 pounds is far from crazy for a 6-foot-4 quarterback, even a running one. He was listed at 222 at the Combine. It shouldn't have an adverse effect on Mariota's play.
May 24 - 1:46 PM

Titans G/T Byron Bell suffered a "significant left ankle" injury in Tuesday's OTAs session, and is likely out for the season.

Bell was diagnosed with a dislocated ankle after being carted off the field. Bell was a 16-game starter between guard and tackle last year, but was heading into 2016 as a reserve. He signed a one-year, $2.25 million deal in March. He turns 28 in January.
May 24 - 1:37 PM

Titans signed No. 8 overall pick OT Jack Conklin to a four-year contract.

The deal contains a fifth-year team option for 2020. Conklin has been working at both left and right tackle since the draft, but he figures to man the right side with the Titans keeping Taylor Lewan on Marcus Mariota's blind side. Conklin plays with a nasty streak and figures to at least be an immediate asset in the run game.
May 23 - 10:38 AM

Titans GM Jon Robinson said Marcus Mariota has been "as advertised."

"He has command, and he has a nice presence to him out there," Robinson said. "His skills, he has really good throwing talent. He is a mobile quarterback who is a fluid mover in the pocket, a fluid mover outside of the pocket. There is really, really good upside with him." Mariota struggled with downfield passing and poise under pressure as a rookie, but he flashed big-time playmaking ability. The sky is the limit if Tennessee can do a better job in protection.
May 19 - 10:10 AM

Titans coach Mike Mularkey said he is "expecting a lot" from WR Kendall Wright.

In addition to Wright, Mularkey said he expected improvement across the board from a receiver corps which combined for just 130 receptions last season. "They all know they’re going to be coached harder than any position there is," Mularkey said. "If there’s a position on this team that could be better, it’s that one." Tennessee added potential starter Rishard Matthews and has four former or current receivers coaches on the staff including Mularkey and OC Terry Robiskie. Although they are committed to an #ExoticSmashmouth offense, the Titans know they need much more from their young wideouts.
May 16 - 9:08 AM

Titans coach Mike Mularkey suggested RB Dexter McCluster's roster spot is safe.

The additions of DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry mean the Titans will have to make some tough decisions at running back, but Mularkey made it sound as if McCluster is safe. "We’re going to find as much balance as we can, and we’re going to try to keep people off-balance with personnel groupings," Mularkey said. "Dexter will have a role." With McCluster likely to make the team, David Cobb, Antonio Andrews, and Bishop Sankey are likely competing for one roster spot. Cobb is the early favorite to win that battle.
May 14 - 12:22 PM


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