Player News - Titans

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Titans TE Jonnu Smith (knee) is expected to be ready for offseason workouts.

Smith suffered a torn MCL in the Divisional Round but it won't impact his status for OTAs. A third-round pick, Smith made 13 starts as a rookie and flashed playmaking upside despite a limited pass-game role. With a new coaching staff and Delanie Walker due $7 million in the final year of his deal, it's possible Tennessee moves forward with Smith as their No. 1 tight end.
Jan 20 - 6:27 PM

Titans hired Mike Vrabel as head coach.

A Pro Bowl linebacker as recently as 2007, Vrabel climbed the coaching ranks quickly, pitstopping for three years at Ohio State before spending 2014-2016 as the Texans' linebackers coach, then succeeding Romeo Crennel as Texans defensive coordinator in 2017. Albeit in large part due to unfortunate injuries, Vrabel's 2017 Texans defense was a bottom-ten unit, particularly struggling against the pass. Arguably more important than Vrabel's hire will be whomever he chooses to run Tennessee's offense. The development of 24-year-old Marcus Mariota will have the biggest impact on the direction of the Titans' organization.
Jan 20 - 6:01 PM

The Tennessean considers Texans DC Mike Vrabel the "early favorite" for the Titans' head-coaching job.

Vrabel was the first candidate to interview with Tennessee this week. The Titans also met with Panthers DC Steve Wilks and Rams OC Matt LaFleur, but neither are expected to get the job. Vrabel has ties to GM Jon Robinson from his New England days and fits what Tennessee is looking for as a coach on the rise. Despite a rough first year as a coordinator, Vrabel looks ready to make the jump to the head-coaching ranks.
Source: Tennessean
Jan 20 - 2:35 PM

The Titans conducted their head-coaching interview with Texans DC Mike Vrabel on Thursday.

Vrabel previously interviewed with the Lions and Colts, though both teams appear to have already made their decision (Matt Patricia in Detroit, Josh McDaniels in Indy). The Titans have also been connected to Eagles OC Frank Reich, Rams OC Matt LaFleur and Panthers DC Steve Wilks.
Jan 18 - 3:01 PM

Titans GM Jon Robinson has "zero concern" about Marcus Mariota playing for his third head coach since entering the league in 2015.

"Marcus is a pretty resilient guy. He’s a very mentally tough guy," Robinson said. "I have zero concern in Marcus being able to adapt and learn, and do what’s best to get the offense going." Yet another coaching change is a concern for Mariota's development, but having him play another year with a coaching staff he regressed under in 2017 was a bigger worry. Assuming Robinson finds the right coach, this move should be good for Mariota's future.
Jan 16 - 11:15 AM

Titans signed CB Jeremy Boykins, WR Darius Jennings, S Denzel Johnson, OL Tyler Marz, DE Johnny Maxey, WR Zach Pascal, TE Tim Semisch, DE Julius Warmsley, OL Cody Wichmann and DL Antwaun Woods to reserve/future contracts.

This locks the Titans' practice squad up for the offseason.
Jan 15 - 3:05 PM

The Houston Chronicle's John McClain reports the Titans will interview Texans DC Mike Vrabel for their head coaching vacancy.

Vrabel has also interviewed with the Lions and Colts, and he is thought to be a finalist for the Colts' job along with Patriots OC Josh McDaniels, with whom the Titans have also been linked. Vrabel's defense had a rough season in 2017, but that has not slowed down his march to a head coaching job. Even if it is not this cycle, he should land one in the next couple years.
Jan 15 - 12:55 PM

DeMarco Murray "definitely" believes he is still a top-end running back.

"I am very confident in myself and I am excited," Murray said. "I am excited about the future, and my future. I know what kind of player I am." It would be surprising for him to say anything else, but the reality is Murray took a step back in his age-29 season even before being sidelined by a knee injury late in the year. The Titans can wipe all of Murray's $6.5 million salary off the cap by cutting him, making that the most likely outcome.
Jan 15 - 10:36 AM

Titans TE Jonnu Smith suffered a torn MCL in the Divisional Round loss to the Patriots.

Smith had to be carted off the field after a special teams play, so a torn MCL is actually good news. Coach Mike Mularkey expects him to be ready for OTAs. A third-round pick last year, Smith caught 18 passes for 157 yards and two scores as a rookie.
Jan 14 - 5:13 PM

Titans RT Jack Conklin suffered a torn ACL in the Divisional Round loss to the Patriots.

Coach Mike Mularkey confirmed the news. It is an awful blow for a player who has been outstanding through two seasons, and the timing of the injury makes him at best questionable for Week 1. It is likely he opens the season on the PUP list. Tennessee's line struggled after Conklin left the game on Saturday, so they will need to address their depth this offseason.
Jan 14 - 5:05 PM

Titans coach Mike Mularkey said Marcus Mariota sprained his quad in the first quarter of Saturday's Divisional Round loss to the Patriots.

Mularkey said the injury forced the Titans to alter their offense. It's not a surprising revelation as Mariota didn't show his usual mobility on Saturday (though he did rush for a team-leading 37 yards) and was sacked a remarkable eight times against a New England defense not known for its pass rush. Injuries hampered Mariota throughout 2017, leading to his worst season statistically. The Titans were outclassed by the Patriots on Saturday and will remain a fringe playoff team until Mariota takes the next step in his development.
Jan 14 - 8:32 AM

Marcus Mariota completed 22-of-37 passes for 254 yards and two touchdowns and rushed four times for 37 yards in the Titans' Divisional Round loss to the Patriots.

Mariota started the scoring by firing a 15-yard first-quarter touchdown to Corey Davis, who made a sensational one-handed catch behind Malcolm Butler. Unfortunately for the Titans, the Patriots went on to score 28 unanswered points while Tennessee’s offense circled the drain, flopping in pass protection and getting nothing from its running game. Mariota did throw a second score to Davis in garbage time, but he took eight sacks and couldn't move the offense consistently. Mariota struggled with injuries during a 2017 campaign where his play sharply regressed, managing a 13:15 TD-to-INT ratio in a discombobulated offense. Mariota will have to overcome Mike Mularkey and OC Terry Robiskie’s self-defeating schemes to become a bounce-back pick in 2018 fantasy leagues.
Jan 13 - 11:54 PM

Derrick Henry managed 28 yards on 12 carries and caught 3-of-4 targets for 21 yards in the Titans' Divisional Round loss to New England.

The Titans showed no ability to generate push in the run game after RT Jack Conklin’s first-quarter knee injury, and Tennessee continued to underutilize Henry in the passing game despite the big-play ability he showed on receptions in each of the last two weeks. Henry was up and down in three late-season starts, struggling against the Jaguars and Pats and ripping apart the Chiefs in between. Henry will be a hyped 2018 breakout candidate if the Titans cut DeMarco Murray, but we wouldn’t rule out the team adding another fresh-legged back. The coaching staff has shown minimal faith in Henry in all phases of the passing game.
Jan 13 - 11:48 PM

Delanie Walker caught 3-of-6 targets for 49 yards in the Titans' Divisional Round loss to the Patriots.

The Patriots kept Walker quiet by double teaming him on almost every passing down. He was able to get free for a 36-yard gain on the Titans’ second drive, but otherwise struggled to get open against the loaded coverage. Walker still turned in another top-ten tight end season in 2017 with a 74/807/3 receiving line. Even though he turns 34 before next season, Walker will again be one of the top mid- to late-round tight end picks on 2018 fantasy draft boards.
Jan 13 - 11:46 PM

Corey Davis caught 5-of-8 targets for 63 yards and two touchdowns in the Titans' blowout Divisional Round loss to the Patriots.

Davis got the Titans on the board with a one-handed touchdown catch from 15 yards out in the first quarter, beating Patriots CB Malcolm Butler. It was Davis’ first career score after he failed to hit pay dirt in 11 regular season appearances. Davis beat Butler again for a touchdown in garbage time. The fifth overall pick in last April’s draft, Davis managed a 34/375/11.0/0 receiving line as a rookie, flashing at times but struggling with persistent hamstring injuries and ultimately lacking a consistent rapport with Marcus Mariota. Nevertheless, Davis has a bright future as a Brandon Marshall-type talent. He will be a popular 2018 fantasy breakout pick.
Jan 13 - 11:45 PM


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