Player News - Titans

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Alex Tanney (foot) is expected to be ready for offseason workouts.

Tanney spent 2017 on IR after going down in the preseason finale. An exclusive rights free agent, Tanney should return to compete for a role behind Marcus Mariota.
Source: WMBD-TV
Feb 17 - 7:20 PM

Titans RT Jack Conklin (knee) will open training camp on the PUP list.

Conklin is less than a month removed from ACL surgery. The Titans are hoping he can return for the start of the season, but he's a strong candidate for reserve/PUP, costing him at least the first six weeks. Tennessee should add veteran depth behind Conklin this offseason.
Source: ESPN
Feb 17 - 6:21 PM

ESPN Titans reporter Cameron Wolfe predicts Tennessee will release DeMarco Murray this offseason.

It's a logical -- and expected -- move that will save the Titans $6.5 million against the cap in 2018. Murray was great in 2016 but battled injuries all of 2017, missed the playoffs, and turns 30 next week. Derrick Henry will then be freed up as the unquestioned lead back, while the Titans can add a third-down, pass-catching type to complement him under new OC Matt LaFleur.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 9 - 11:49 AM

New OC Matt LaFleur wants the Titans' offense to be more aggressive moving forward.

According to Pro Football Focus, Marcus Mariota attempted just 53 passes which traveled more than 20 yards in the air last season. "It’s extremely difficult to dink and dunk all the way down the field. Defenses are just too good," LaFleur said. "Statistically, the teams are getting the chunk plays -- the explosives -- are the teams that are going produce more yards and more points." Mariota played extremely well when the Titans opened up their attack at the end of 2016, so the aggressive approach should help him bounce back from a disappointing season.
Source: ESPN
Feb 8 - 12:50 PM

Tajae Sharpe (foot) should be ready for the start of offseason workouts.

Sharpe is healthy after spending all of 2017 on IR. With Eric Decker a free agent, he’ll compete with Taywan Taylor for a role behind Corey Davis and Rishard Matthews. A 10-game rookie-year starter, Sharpe has some rebound potential under a new coaching staff.
Feb 6 - 10:35 AM

Titans re-signed CB Demontre Hurst.

Hurst played right corner in the Titans' final two preseason games, but he spent the season on the street. He'll try to get to camp as a roster long shot.
Feb 5 - 4:14 PM

Titans hired ex-Rams OC Matt LaFleur as their offensive coordinator.

LaFleur initially interviewed for the head coaching job in Tennessee, but he will be brought in as new coach Mike Vrabel's coordinator instead. LaFleur has worked with some of the best offensive minds in the game the last several seasons, "coordinating" Sean McVay's offense in Los Angeles and working as Kyle Shanahan's QBs coach in both Atlanta and Washington. This will be his first time really running an NFL offense, but it is difficult to come from better lineage. This is a good hire for Tennessee.
Jan 30 - 8:31 AM

Titans hired ex-Ravens DC Dean Pees as defensive coordinator.

Pees retired as the Ravens' defensive coordinator right after the season but was convinced to join the Titans by new coach Mike Vrabel. Pees led the Ravens defense to top 12 finishes in total defense and scoring defense in five of his six years in charge. He's a really good get for Vrabel and should continue to use the 3-4 base look that ex-DC Dick LeBeau featured. The likely draw for Pees in Tennessee was the permission to hire his son, a high school coach, to his staff. Now that Vrabel has his DC, the Titans more importantly need an OC.
Jan 29 - 9:59 PM

Delanie Walker was the Offensive MVP and Von Miller the Defensive MVP as the AFC downed the NFC 24-23 in Sunday's Pro Bowl game.

We haven't watched the Pro Bowl game in years, but it's meaningful for the players involved. Winners get $64,000 and players on the losing team settle for $32,000 checks. Walker earned Offensive MVP honors by catching two touchdowns, and Miller logged a fumble recovery and a sack. The best news is nobody got hurt. In the January 2016 Pro Bowl, Tyler Eifert suffered an ankle injury that has haunted him for years.
Jan 28 - 7:46 PM

Former Ravens DC Dean Pees has "been discussed" as a candidate for the Titans defensive coordinator position.

Despite retiring at the end of this season, Pees has a good relationship with Coach Mike Vrabel. Pees would be a good hire for the Titans after finishing in the top 12 of total defense five of his six years with the Ravens.
Jan 27 - 9:16 AM

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


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