Marcus Mariota - QBPosted 7/30/15 3:41pm ET
Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota will be starting quarterback this season, according to head coach Ken Whisenhunt.
Huddle Up: It's been widely assumed that this would be the case, but it sounds like Whisenhunt and the Titans aren't even going to go through a formal or even informal "competition" with incumbent Zach Mettenberger. On the flip side, this will give the second- overall pick the benefit of the first-team reps from the outset and have him better prepared to face the Bucs in Week 1.
Justin Hunter - WRPosted 7/30/15 7:34pm ET
Tennessee Titans WR Justin Hunter will practice Friday, July 31, just days after being released from jail for an assault charge.
Huddle Up: Hunter will be around for the time being, but don't be surprised if he finds himself on the NFL's suspended list this season.
Dorial Green-Beckham - WRPosted 7/30/15 10:28pm ET
Tennessee Titans WR Dorial Green-Beckham likely will be limited during the early part of training camp since he missed offseason workouts because of a hamstring injury.
Huddle Up: With the likes of Kendall Wright, Harry Douglas, Hakeem Nicks and the troubled Justin Hunter already in the fold, the Titans aren't about to rush the second-round pick. He's definitely a player to monitor, though, as the preseason progresses.
David Cobb - RBPosted 7/23/15 4:35pm ET
Tennessee Titans RB David Cobb (hamstring) missed much of the offseason with a hamstring injury.
Huddle Up: Cobb, a fifth-round pick, is expected by many to make a run at the Titans' starting job, currently held down by Bishop Sankey, but it's likely that he'll have to settle for the low end of a RBBC split. That's if and when, though, he's able to move past his current hammy issues.
Bishop Sankey - RBPosted 7/22/15 11:02am ET
Tennessee Titans RB Bishop Sankey is the odds-on favorite to start in Week 1 because he has a year of experience and a full offseason under his belt.
Huddle Up: Rookie challenger David Cobb missed time during OTAs due to a hamstring injury suffered at the Combine, further enhancing Sankey's chances of starting. Sankey will need to be more effective than last season or Cobb will start eating into his touches sooner rather than later.
Justin Hunter - WRPosted 7/21/15 8:02pm ET
Tennessee Titans WR Justin Hunter was released from jail on a $25,000 bond Tuesday, July 21. Hunter had been arrested and charged with malicious wounding in an incident which occurred July 3 in Virginia Beach. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Sept. 3.
Huddle Up: The talented 2013 second-round pick was a trendy sleeper pick a year ago, but his injury-shortened, 12-game season only netted 28 receptions for 498 yards and three scores. Now, after back from a ruptured spleen, the wideout could open his third season on the Commissioner's Exempt List or be put on waivers, depending on what further investigations reveal. In the meantime, the Titans aren't just going to wait around with training camp opening soon as they'll be moving ahead with second-round rookie Dorial Green-Beckham.
Marcus Mariota - QBPosted 7/21/15 8:08pm ET
Tennessee Titans rookie QB Marcus Mariota agreed to terms on his rookie contract Tuesday, July 21. Terms were not immediately disclosed.
Huddle Up: All 32 first-round picks are now signed, and now Mariota -- the second overall pick -- will have the vital benefit of a full training camp in his quest to win the Titans' starting gig.
Marcus Mariota - QBPosted 7/14/15 10:44pm ET
Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota's rookie contract will contain offset language, according to team president Steve Underwood. Underwood said it's important to have the offset language in place because it sets the precedent for the next round of players' contracts. Offset language allows teams to recapture guaranteed money if the player is released and signs with another team.
Huddle Up: The second-overall pick remains the only unsigned first-round selection, but there is still time with a little more than 2 weeks before the Titans report to training camp on July 30. While not having the rookie QB for the start of camp is far from ideal -- thus setting him back from the get-go -- it sounds like the Titans aren't to budge on the offset language.
Delanie Walker - TEPosted 7/12/15 3:12pm ET
Tennessee Titans TE Delanie Walker was the only tight end to have two games with more than 140 receiving yards last year, and his 14.1 yards per catch were the second most among tight ends with at least 50 catches.
Huddle Up: The nine-year vet hit career highs in targets (106), receptions (63) and yards (890) last season and he'll be a valuable middle-of-the-field weapon for Marcus Mariota or Zach Mettenberger. He's a TE2 with upside.
Dorial Green-Beckham - WRPosted 7/3/15 12:04am ET
Tennessee Titans WR Dorial Green-Beckham was called a 'nightmare matchup for any cornerback at any level' by one of his former college coaches, Jay Norvell. 'He's not a finished product, but most players aren't,' Norvell said. 'So he's going to have to learn the pro game and that's a completely different game from college. But he's got some natural gifts that will help him in that game, and in some ways, the NFL is probably a better game for him than college football, just because of the bump rules and (less) contact and all of that. So there are some advantages he has. ... That's why they picked him.'
Huddle Up: At 6-5 and 235 pounds-plus, the second-round pick is one of the biggest WRs in the league and if he can make a quick adjustment to the pro game, his size and athleticism alone will lead to a number of receptions and big plays. The rookie also will be competing for PT with a solid veteran corps but, again, he has the best tools of the bunch and it likely is just of matter of when he can put it all together at this level.
Marcus Mariota - QBPosted 7/3/15 12:04am ET
Updating previous reports, Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota's rookie deal is not being held up because of a supposed clause that would forbid him from surfing, according to a source. Mariota has not signed his contract yet due to differences in contract language, according Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.
Huddle Up: We guess with the last unsigned first-round pick, there are going to be some off-the-wall rumors and reports, and this certainly qualifies. In a little under a month from now when training camp gets rolling, this should all be water under the board -- er, bridge.
Marcus Mariota - QBPosted 6/26/15 12:04am ET
Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota will have his transition to the NFL helped along by joining a Titans team that ranked sixth in the league in snaps out of the shotgun in 2014. Titans quarterbacks coach John McNulty said the team would prefer to operate from the shotgun formation 'probably 50 or 60' percent of the time in 2015.
Huddle Up: With the Titans mirroring an overall NFL trend, that will be a huge plus for the second overall pick as he almost exclusively worked out of the shotgun/spread at the University of Oregon.
Marcus Mariota - QBPosted 6/24/15 1:08am ET
Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota said he is not worried about his contract situation even though he is only first-round draft pick unsigned at the moment. The two sides do not appear to be close to a deal at this point. Mariota is projected to receive a $21 million deal over four years which will be guaranteed by the team. However, there is a delay finalizing the deal due to a disagreement over offset language.
Huddle Up: The second-overall pick has his playbook and participated in some offseason camps with his new teammates so Mariota hasn't fallen behind. The two sides also have a month to get things ironed out, and the soft-spoken QB is probably the last rookie you'd expect to have a contract impasse.
Marcus Mariota - QBPosted 6/19/15 6:46pm ET
Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota is the only unsigned first-round draft pick as of Friday, June 19. Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean said a deal will get done and that there's plenty of time to do so before training camp commences.
Huddle Up: The second-overall pick has one of the steepest learning curves of any rookie, but he's at least been able to get in some OTA work with his new team. Look for the issue to be resolved quickly.
Shonn Greene - RBPosted 6/16/15 2:02pm ET
The Tennessee Titans released RB Shonn Greene on Tuesday, June 16.
Huddle Up: The Titans are rebuilding and Greene, who rushed for only 687 yards and six TDs in two seasons in Tennessee, isn't a part of the plan with the team drafting Bishop Sankey in the second round a year ago and adding David Cobb in the fifth round this season. Also not helping were his OTA absences this offseason and his scheduled $3.25 million salary this season -- the final year of a 3-year, $10 million contract.
Shonn Greene - RBPosted 6/15/15 5:10pm ET
Tennessee Titans RB Shonn Greene has skipped the voluntary workouts this offseason but plans to participate in the mandatory minicamp this week, according to sources.
Huddle Up: It may be a short return to the Titans for Greene, as he'll likely find himself behind Bishop Sankey and David Cobb on the depth chart. In fact, Greene may struggle to even make the team as the Titans begin the Marcus Mariota Era--and the rebuilding process.
Bishop Sankey - RBPosted 6/9/15 7:40pm ET
Tennessee Titans RB Bishop Sankey believes participating in more organized team activities this offseason has helped him a lot. Sankey missed most of last year's OTAs due to PAC-12 school rules. 'I've been able to kind of start from scratch,' Sankey said. 'I definitely feel more comfortable with pass protection, initial reads with running plays and everything.'
Huddle Up: Sankey led the Titans in rushing, but that was the best thing to be said about his rookie year in which he fell well short of the preseason fantasy hype with only 569 rushing yards and two total TDs. Shonn Greene (94-392-2 rushing last season) is back and the Titans also drafted David Cobb in the fifth round, but Sankey again should be the first Tennessee RB drafted this summer.
Dorial Green-Beckham - WRPosted 6/7/15 3:08pm ET
Tennessee Titans WR Dorial Green-Beckham (hamstring) wants to play at around 225 pounds this season but recently weighed in at 237 pounds. Green-Beckham was sidelined by a hamstring injury last week, but head coach Ken Whisenhunt expects Green-Beckham to take part in organized team activities this upcoming week.
Huddle Up: The second-round pick is trying to find his niche in the Titans' WR corps, which is headed by incumbents Kendall Wright and Justin Hunter and free-agent acquisitions Harry Douglas and Hakeem Nicks, and it might take a little longer than normal with Green-Beckham making the NFL transition after sitting out the 2014 college seasons.
Delanie Walker - TEPosted 6/5/15 5:46pm ET
Tennessee Titans TE Delanie Walker said he understands that the team needs to win more games if he is going to receive recognition for his individual accomplishments. 'Last year, I felt like I did more and no one cared,' Walker said. 'I broke records and scored touchdowns and no one cared. We've got to win more as a team.'
Huddle Up: Walker hit career highs with 63 receptions and 890 receiving yards while adding four scoring catches while finishing ninth among fantasy TEs with 113 points. He'll do well to come close to those numbers this year as the Titans will be breaking in rookie QB Marcus Mariota. As for more victories, it's going to be pretty hard for the team not to improve on its two-win season of a year ago, but the progress figures to be slow in coming.
Marcus Mariota - QBPosted 6/2/15 8:24pm ET
Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota has impressed during organized team activities, especially with throwing on the run. Quarterbacks coach John McNulty said Mariota is able to throw well while running because of his easy, natural athleticism. McNulty cited Mariota's footwork, fluidity and quick release as attributes that help him throw well on the move.
Huddle Up: The real tests are still to come, but so far the initial results indicate that the second-overall pick is the front-runner in the team's QB derby. Stay tuned ...
Justin Hunter - WRPosted 6/1/15 11:36pm ET
Tennessee Titans WR Justin Hunter may have his last opportunity to prove he belongs in the NFL, or at least with the Titans, in 2015. Head coach Ken Whisenhunt recently said, 'At some point, you either get it or you won't be in this league anymore,' in regards to Hunter's play the last couple of seasons.
Huddle Up: Thus far it's been more "not getting it" than "getting it" for Hunter. And with the Titans heavily invested in Marcus Mariota and Dorial Green-Beckham it won't be difficult to move on from Hunter if that trend continues.
Bishop Sankey - RBPosted 5/27/15 11:22pm ET
Tennessee Titans RB Bishop Sankey has been asked by the team to add some weight this offseason, according to head coach Ken Whisenhunt. The team would like him to be around 215 to 220 pounds. Whisenhunt said he would also like Sankey to have a full grasp of the offense.
Huddle Up: Whisenhunt's second comment is more disconcerting than the first, as it implies that Sankey didn't have a full grasp of the offense last year. He'll be battling with rookie David Cobb for carries in the Tennessee backfield, and being bigger--while maintaining his speed--would be one way for Sankey to secure a larger share of those touches.
Marcus Mariota - QBPosted 5/27/15 11:22pm ET
Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota has impressed teammates with his speed in their opening day of organized team activities Tuesday, May 26. Titans LB Zach Brown, who is known for his speed, was particularly impressed. 'One time he took off-–I was guarding Delanie (Walker)-–and I turned around and I was like, 'Where is he?' He is fast. He impressed me. He is still a rookie and he has to learn, but he is a cool guy. I haven't seen him get frustrated yet,' Brown said.
Huddle Up: It shouldn't come as a surprise that Mariota is fleet afoot. Where he'll need to demonstrate that he can handle the transition from college to the NFL is in throwing the football and reading defenses. When he's impressing his defensive teammates with those skills, then it will be time to get giddy over Mariota's pro prospects.
Dorial Green-Beckham - WRPosted 5/27/15 11:22pm ET
Tennessee Titans WR Dorial Green-Beckham (hamstring) had to leave organized team activities early Tuesday, May 26, after he aggravated a hamstring injury. Head coach Ken Whisenhunt said he does not think the injury is serious, but Green-Beckham could sit out a week.
Huddle Up: Not good news for DGB, who hasn't played in a football game for more than a year after off-the-field issues prematurely ended his career at Missouri and he subsequently transferred to Oklahoma. More reps with his new team and new quarterback would be a boon in getting him on the field earlier in his NFL career.
David Cobb - RBPosted 5/19/15 1:29am ET
Tennessee Titans RB David Cobb has been asked by the team to drop some weight but was nor given a specific number. Cobb said he weighs 232 pounds but wants to be around 225 pounds.
Huddle Up: Not sure if Cobb looks slow at minicamp or if the team just prefers he play at a lighter weight, but most of the redraft analysis referenced him getting quicker so it makes sense the Titans equate that with less weight. Cobb weighed 229 at the Combine, so it shouldn't be difficult for him to get down to his personal goal. He's in line to see plenty of carries in Tennessee, especially if he can keep his new employers happy by following their directive.
Marcus Mariota - QBPosted 5/17/15 3:36pm ET
Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota is scheduled to begin contract talks with the team Monday, May 18, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Mariota already has gotten his feet wet in workouts so don't look for this to be a lingering issue with the slotted rookie pay structure already in place.
Marcus Mariota - QBPosted 5/15/15 2:08pm ET
Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota will be tested by his defense in training camp as assistant head coach Dick LeBeau is under direction to throw everything at the rookie that he can. All indications are that Mariota will have to fail miserably to lose the starting job in the preseason.
Huddle Up: The Titans and Mariota couldn't have asked for a better sounding board as LeBeau is infamous for confusing and confounding rookie QBs, and it sounds like he'll get a tougher test in camp than he'll see from the vanilla preseason defenses he's likely to face.
Zach Mettenberger - QBPosted 5/7/15 1:43pm ET
Tennessee Titans QB Zach Mettenberger, who is now the backup quarterback to QB Marcus Mariota, did not demand a trade and is adamant about going to training camp with a chance to compete against Mariota for the starting job, according to OT Taylor Lewan. Mettenberger took part in the team's voluntary workout program last Friday and Monday, May 4. Mettenberger was 0-6 in his starts last year as a rookie and threw for 1,412 yards with eight touchdowns and seven interceptions. Lewan also said Mettenberger lost around 15 pounds this offseason and looks leaner and stronger.
Huddle Up: The second-year QB, a sixth-round pick last season who showed flashes despite his 0-6 record as a starter, is being written off with the Titans using the first-round pick on Mariota and with good reason as the former Oregon standout is going to be given almost every benefit of the doubt at most every turn in the competition for the No. 1 gig. It's certainly not a fair fight, but that's how it goes when it comes to No. 2 overall picks in the draft -- especially at QB.
Justin Hunter - WRPosted 5/7/15 10:43pm ET
Tennessee Titans WR Justin Hunter is expected to compete with WR Dorial Green-Beckham for one of the starting receiver jobs during training camp. Hunter said he has been working on adding some weight this offseason. Hunter finished this past season at 196 pounds but is currently 206 pounds and wants to be at 210 pounds by the start of training camp.
Huddle Up: The anticipated breakout never came for Hunter last season as he logged 28 catches for 498 yards and three TDs in 12 games before rupturing his spleen, and he'll definitely have to step up his game with the team adding not only Green-Beckham in the second round but signing free agents Harry Douglas and Hakeem Nicks and drafting Tre McBride in the seventh round.
Dorial Green-Beckham - WRPosted 5/1/15 9:08pm ET
Missouri WR Dorial Green-Beckham was selected 40th overall by the Tennessee Titans in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft Friday, May 1.
Huddle Up: The Titans, who originally owned the opening (33rd) pick) in the second round, were able to trade back and still snare the talented but troubled Green-Beckham, giving first-round pick Marcus Mariota a serious outside weapon. Throw in Kendall Wright, Justin Hunter and TE Delanie Walker and the Titans suddenly have a better-than-decent corps of pass-catchers.
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