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Titans DT Mike Martin said he is down to around 295 pounds after playing at 318 last season.

Entering the final year of his rookie deal, Martin is facing a make-or-break season. The former third-round pick has not played more than 450 snaps in any of his three seasons and had zero sacks last year. Best suited as a gap-shooting three tech, Martin is not a great fit for the 3-4 scheme the Titans should employ, but the weight reduction could help him carve out a role in sub packages.
Jun 27 - 1:14 PM

The Titans continue to insist the team is not for sale.

Rumors have persisted for months, and intensified following the March retirement of CEO Tommy Smith. "We're committed here long term, and we plan on having the team in the family for a long time," were the words of Kenneth Adams IV, the grandson of late owner Bud Adams. Interim president Steve Underwood echoed Adams' words. Despite Underwood's assurances, the sale chatter is likely to continue for as long as "interim" remains in his title. The Titans have lacked a clear leader since Adams' death in 2013.
Jun 25 - 9:58 PM

Coach Ken Whisenhunt suggested the Titans will use Marcus Mariota similarly to Russell Wilson.

"The league does a good job trying to protect quarterbacks, but any time a quarterback takes off with the ball there's a risk," Whisenhunt said. "There will be (designed) opportunities, but there will also be a lot of opportunities, just like with Russell Wilson, when the play breaks down and he runs with the ball and extends the play." With 4.52 wheels, the Titans would be silly not to use Mariota on designed runs. There's QB2 appeal here with low-end QB1 upside.
Jun 24 - 10:19 AM

FOX Sports' Alex Marvez believes unsigned No. 2 overall pick Marcus Mariota is likely haggling with the Titans over offset language.

With the terms of all rookie contracts locked into a slotted, assigned value under the most-recent CBA, offset language is essentially the lone negotiable point that remains. Teams insist on offset language with first-rounders and their guaranteed contracts so they can't "double dip" in the event of their release. As in, collect their originally-scheduled salary as well as extra money from their new club. We fully expect Mariota to sign before camp.
Source: FOX Sports
Jun 23 - 5:59 PM

Titans second-year RB Antonio Andrews is approaching the season as if the depth chart is wide open.

And he very well may be right. Andrews wants to start and has packed on three pounds and cut his body fat from 19 percent last season to 10 percent. Tipping the scales at 228 pounds, Andrews is battling fifth-round rookie David Cobb for big-back duties with Shonn Greene out of the picture. Andrews spent most of 2014 on the practice squad before getting a late-season promotion.
Jun 22 - 8:32 PM

Titans signed No. 66 overall pick OL Jeremiah Poutasi to a four-year contract.

Poutasi has been working with the second team, but remains a candidate for the Week 1 right tackle job, where he projects as a run-blocking upgrade on Byron Bell. Marcus Mariota is the Titans' only remaining unsigned pick.
Jun 19 - 5:06 PM

ESPN’s Paul Kuharsky suggests rookie RB David Cobb could lead the Titans in carries this season.

Cobb is the favorite for short-yardage and goal-line work in Tennessee's committee. A better inside runner than Bishop Sankey, Cobb will also be in the mix for early-down snaps. After averaging 3.7 YPC last year, the Titans could limit Sankey to a change-of-pace role.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 19 - 4:49 PM

After viewing Titans OTAs, ESPN's Paul Kuharsky believes Marcus Mariota holds a comfortable lead over Zach Mettenberger.

Kuharsky says Mariota was "the best quarterback on the field," and "the gap wasn't a small one." Kuharsky believes long-suffering Titans fans should be "encouraged" at this stage of the process that beleaguered GM Ruston Webster finally got one right. If Ken Whisenhunt can turn in a respectable coaching job, Mariota should be an intriguing fantasy QB2 pick with low-end QB1 upside.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 19 - 3:25 PM

Justin Hunter has bulked up to 205 pounds and wants to play at 210 this season.

Hunter played "in the 190s" last season. While getting bigger and stronger is fine and dandy, that's not Hunter's problem. He has a terrible set of hands and one of the emptiest heads. More muscle isn't going to fix that. Hunter needs to make a more concerted effort and show the want-to to be better.
Jun 18 - 2:22 PM

Coach Ken Whisenhunt hinted LG Andy Levitre isn't locked in as a starter.

Levitre has been working at both guard and center, and Whisenhunt admitted the team is exploring its options at left guard opposite RG Chance Warmack. Veterans Byron Bell and Jamon Meredith have been seeing reps next to LT Taylor Lewan. Free agent Evan Mathis has also been loosely linked to the Titans. Levitre has been a bust since signing a six-year, $46.8 million deal in 2013.
Jun 17 - 10:13 AM

Titans TE Dorin Dickerson suffered a season-ending Achilles' injury in Tuesday's minicamp practice.

Dickerson has always been intriguing from an athleticism standpoint, but has been unable to get on the field or stay on it. He's running out of chances at 27.
Jun 16 - 4:19 PM

Dorial Green-Beckham (hamstring) returned to practice on Tuesday.

With the hamstring injury behind him, Green-Beckham returned to team drills on Tuesday but only saw about 20 snaps. We'd expect the Titans to take a conservative approach with DGB until training camp opens next month.
Jun 16 - 2:01 PM

Titans WRs coach Shawn Jefferson heaped praise on Marcus Mariota, saying the rookie quarterback has been "deadly accurate" at OTAs.

"I am just giddy about his future going forward," Jefferson continued. "He's the real deal. ... He's got the goods. No. 1, it's his accuracy. No. 2, he's come in and grasped the offense. And No. 3 is the way the guys respond to him, the way he's able to go in that huddle and take control." Jefferson is just the latest in a long line of members of the organization to come out and talk up the rookie. Mariota's accuracy figures to be a big boost for Kendall Wright in the short passing game.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 9 - 2:34 PM

Titans signed C Fernando Velasco and placed CB Brandon Harris (ACL) on injured reserve.

Velasco (6'4/310) originally made the Titans as a UDFA back in 2008 and spent the first four years of his career with the team. Over the last two years, he's been a spot starter for the Steelers and Panthers. With Brian Schwenke and Andy Gallik both nicked up, Velasco is back with the Titans.
Jun 9 - 11:55 AM

Kendall Wright hinted at frustration with the Ken Whisenhunt scheme.

Wright saw just 93 targets last season, Whisenhunt's first season in charge of the Titans. He wasn't allowed to freelance as much as he did in 2013, when he racked up 94 catches on 140 targets. "I think a lot of things, but thinking and doing what I have to do are totally different," Wright said. "So I just keep my thoughts to myself. I don't even speak them out loud. Whatever I have to do, I'll do." This sounds like a player just biding his time until he can leave Tennessee behind.
Jun 9 - 9:08 AM


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