Player News - Titans

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Titans traded up with the Browns to select Michigan State OT Jack Conklin with the No. 8 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

The Titans gave up No. 15 overall and No. 76 overall this year as well as a second-rounder next year to move up. Conklin (6'6/308) made 38 starts for the Spartans, logging 35 on the blind side and three at right tackle. He was chosen first-team All-Big Ten as a junior, before turning pro. Originally a walk-on, Conklin plays like it with a nasty on-field demeanor and a technically refined game. He tested out better than expected in Indy, running 5.0-flat with 25 bench-press reps despite vines for arms (35"). Conklin is the classic case of a tackle prospect who could hold his own on the left side in the pros, but potentially become a Pro Bowl right tackle. With Conklin a better fit on the right side, it looks like Taylor Lewan's job at left tackle is safe for now.
Apr 28 - 9:08 PM

The New York Daily News' Gary Myers is hearing the Giants will "for sure" select an offensive tackle at No. 10 overall.

Per Myers, "that looks like (Michigan State OT) Jack Conklin." Giants GM Jerry Reese has not typically been a slave to need, but he may change things up this year with his job on the line. The G-Men were highly aggressive in free agency, and there is no guarantee they would be able to land a starting offensive tackle in the second or third round. In draft class that's much deeper on defense, they could conceivably get impact defenders on day two.
Apr 28 - 12:40 PM

Titans coach Mike Mularkey said Delanie Walker could be asked to block more this season.

The offense figures to be more balanced following the addition of DeMarco Murray, which will likely lead to more blocking snaps for Walker. With Kendall Wright healthy, Dorial Green-Beckham developing, and Rishard Matthews now in town, Walker will also likely see his target share decrease. One of the most consistent fantasy tight ends last season, Walker could take a step back this year.
Apr 21 - 9:38 AM

The Titans are "leaning against" picking up RG Chance Warmack's fifth-year option.

Warmack has been a fixture on the interior since getting drafted in 2013, starting 46-of-48 games. The Titans don't view him as worth his projected $11.9M salary after he allowed four sacks last year and graded negatively in PFF's ratings. Tennessee might look to extend Warmack on a more team-friendly deal.
Apr 20 - 5:39 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports Titans GM Jon Robinson is attempting to move back into the top 10.

La Canfora reports the same sources who were confident Robinson would move out of the No. 1 spot are now confident he will move back into the top 10. This development is far from surprising. Mere hours after engineering a blockbuster deal for the No. 1 overall pick, Robinson made it clear he was not finished wheeling and dealing. "My phone is still working," Robinson said. "Feel free to call." At this point, it would be a surprise if the Titans did not make at least one more deal before the end of the draft.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 19 - 8:19 AM

Titans OLB Derrick Morgan (shoulder surgery) is "ahead of schedule," but has yet to be cleared to resume practicing.

Morgan tore his labrum in October, and went under the knife in December. A Titans starter since 2011, Morgan will remain so for 2016 as long as his health cooperates. He was very effective in 2014 before his injury took its toll last season.
Apr 18 - 1:50 PM

New Titans CB Antwon Blake is recovering from hand surgery, and sitting out the beginning of the offseason program.

Blake is currently in a cast, but will likely shed it in a matter of weeks. The 25-year-old Steelers castoff will compete for a starting job opposite Jason McCourty.
Apr 18 - 1:45 PM

Titans CB Jason McCourty (groin surgery) confirmed he is 100 percent.

McCourty made only four appearances between two groin operations last season. Going on 29, McCourty also once again shot down the idea of converting to safety.
Apr 18 - 1:39 PM

Titans GM Jon Robinson confirmed the team is open to making more trades prior to and during the draft.

"My phone is still working," Robinson said. "Feel free to call." The Titans landed six picks overall including two first rounders for the No. 1 selection, but Robinson has made it clear the team is not done yet. With 11 picks in the first three rounds over the next two seasons including six in the top 76 this year, Robinson said Tennessee has all the "ammunition" they need to "work the draft."
Apr 14 - 11:34 AM

Titans acquired picks Nos. 15, 43, 45 and 76 in the 2016 draft as well as first- and third-round picks next year from the Rams in exchange for the Nos. 1, 113 and 177 overall picks.

New GM Jon Robinson said he wanted a "King's ransom" for the No. 1 pick, and he got it. All in all, the Titans landed two first-rounders, two second-rounders, and two third-rounders for the top overall selection, a fourth-rounder and sixth-rounder. Tennessee now has six picks in the top 76 of this year's draft and is set up to have five in the first two days of next year's draft. Robinson said all of that ammunition gives the team options. "This move does not knock us out of any player, except one," Robinson said. "We now have the ammunition to work the draft and acquire players that are going to be good for this football team." With so many early-round picks in the next two drafts, the Titans are in a great position to build a strong roster with Marcus Mariota only one year into his five-year rookie deal.
Apr 14 - 9:22 AM

Marcus Mariota completed 16.7 percent of his passes which traveled at least 20 yards in the air as a rookie, the worst mark among 35 qualifying quarterbacks.

He completed 39.5 percent of his passes which traveled at least 15 yards. Mariota clearly struggled to make plays downfield, but a poor offensive line and subpar receiver play factored into his struggles. He should improve as the Titans strengthen their offensive line and develop their receiving corps.
Source: ESPN
Apr 12 - 12:20 PM

MMQB's Peter King reports the Titans have a "solid offer" on the table for the No. 1 overall pick.

GM Jon Robinson said last week interest in the pick has "increased some" in recent weeks. Robinson has been open about his desire to trade down, but he will likely wait until closer to the draft to see if Carson Wentz or Jared Goff creates enough buzz to drive up the price. The Eagles, 49ers and perhaps even the Rams could have some interest in trading up, and Cleveland might be interested in moving up from No. 2 overall to ensure they do not get jumped. The Titans reportedly will target Notre Dame LT Ronnie Stanley if they trade out of the top spot.
Source: MMQB
Apr 11 - 11:47 PM

Titans claimed ILB Nate Palmer off waivers from the Packers.

Palmer was highly ineffective as a 10-game starting inside linebacker for Green Bay last year, but the Titans may view him as a 26-year-old prospect with starting experience. He'll compete for a roster spot in training camp.
Apr 11 - 5:26 PM

Titans GM Jon Robinson confirmed Ben Jones will start at center.

Jones was a guard until last year, but the Titans plan to keep him at center. His addition isn't much of an upgrade to the interior line. Jones will push Brian Schwenke to a reserve role.
Apr 9 - 4:27 PM

Packers waived ILB Nate Palmer.

Palmer started 10 games at inside linebacker in 2015, but ended up losing the starting job to rookie Jake Ryan. Palmer missed all of 2014 with a torn MCL.
Apr 8 - 4:58 PM


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