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The Titans have agreed to a 1-year deal with WR Eric Decker. The former Jet gives QB Marcus Mariota a talented, steady veteran presence. Decker shouldn't keep Corey Davis from reaching the top of the WR depth chart if the rookie proves ready to do so, but he'll cut into the available targets and certainly make it tough for Rishard Matthews to deliver another fantasy-starter line. Decker could also block 3rd-round WR Taywan Taylor from turning into a fantasy surprise this season. We'll see this summer just how healthy Decker is coming off groin and shoulder surgeries at the end of last year. But he reportedly looked good in Jets OTAs before his release. Another receiving weapon makes Mariota even more attractive around the fringe of QB1 territory in fantasy football drafts.

Titans QB Marcus Mariota responded well to his first appearance in OTAs. “It felt great,” said Mariota, who’s coming off a fractured fibula on December 24. “Four months ago I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to participate in OTAs, and being able to do some of the drills... I was very happy and very grateful. It was fun to be out there with the guys, and I enjoyed it.” HC Mike Mularkey confirmed that the Titans will take it slow with their franchise passer. “We’ll take it day by day with Marcus,” Mularkey said. “He’d like to do more. He looks like he can do more, but it’s May, so we have time.” A notoriously hard worker, Mariota is on track to be 100% well ahead of Week 1.

The Titans used the #5 overall pick on WR Corey Davis. He was a stat-compiling machine at Western Michigan, leaving as the NCAA’s record holder for career receiving yards (5,278). After posting a 67-941-6 line as a true freshman, he topped 1,400 yards and 12 TDs in each of his final 3 seasons. He certainly squared off against some weaker competition in the MAC but also averaged 5.8 catches, 77.9 yards and .6 TDs in 9 games against “Power 5” conferences (ACC, SEC, Big 10, Big 12, Pac 12). An ankle injury prevented Davis from working out in the pre-draft process, but he looks plenty athletic on film. He’s also 1 of the most advanced route runners in the class. Davis has a shot to quickly become Tennessee’s #1 WR, bumping Rishard Matthews to the #2 spot. QB Marcus Mariota’s stock is on the rise.

Titans HC Mike Mularkey said Wednesday that the team will be "very cautious" with QB Marcus Mariota, and that the plan is to hold him out until training camp. "He's right on schedule," Mularkey added. Mariota will spend the majority of the offseason rehabbing that broken fibula, which obviously isn't ideal for a 3rd-year QB. He'll at least be returning to the same offense, though, so there's no learning curve there. Mariota will certainly be worth targeting in 2017 fantasy drafts if the price is right. He was sitting 8th among QBs in fantasy points through 16 weeks this past year.

Titans QB Marcus Mariota is expected to be sidelined 4-5 months after undergoing surgery on Wednesday to repair his fractured fibula. “From what I am told, he shouldn’t (lose any mobility) if the surgery goes well," HC Mike Mularkey said. Mariota might miss some or all of OTAs and minicamps, but he should be ready to go for training camp. He turned in a strong 2nd season, tossing 26 TDs vs. just 9 INTs. Mariota is sitting 8th among QBs in fantasy points through 16 weeks. QB Matt Cassel will start Sunday's finale vs. the Texans.

Titans QB Marcus Mariota fractured his fibula in Sunday's loss to the Jaguars. He's done for the season -- even if Tennessee makes it to the playoffs. They'll need the Texans to lose to the Bengals tonight to have a shot at the postseason. QB Matt Cassel will step in as the Titans' starter the rest of the way. He completed 13 of 24 passes for 124 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT in mop-up duty vs. the Jags.

Titans QB Marcus Mariota completed just 6 of 20 pass attempts for 88 yards in Sunday's win over the Broncos. It was a predictably tough matchup heading in, but even Mariota's 38 yards on 8 rushes couldn't get him close to quality fantasy numbers. He gets tough draws the next 3 weeks as well: at Kansas City, at Jacksonville and home against Houston.

The Titans have shipped the #1 overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft to the Rams.  Here's the full trade:

Rams receive:

- 1st pick

- 113th pick

- 177th pick

Titans receive:

- 15th pick

- 43rd pick

- 45th pick

- 76th pick

- 2017 1st-rounder

- 2017 3rd-rounder

It's a massive haul for the Titans that will allow them to continue building around QB Marcus Mariota.  The Rams, meanwhile, are clearly targeting a QB -- either North Dakota State's Carson Wentz or California's Jared Goff.

Titans HC Mike Mularkey said at the Combine Wednesday that the team will design more running plays for QB Marcus Mariota.  “We are going to design runs for Marcus because I think you can protect yourself better as a runner than you can as a pocket passer," Mularkey said.  It's not the 1st time this offseason that he's talked about taking better advantage of Mariota's legs.  It's worth noting that Mariota averaged just 2 carries per game under former HC Ken Whisenhunt before averaging 4 in 6 full games under Mularkey.  We're expecting that number to climb further in 2016.

The Titans have chosen to remove Mike Mularkey's interim tag and make him the new HC. Tennessee went just 2-7 after Mularkey stepped in for deposed HC Ken Whisenhunt, albeit while dealing with QB Marcus Mariota's 2nd knee injury. The Tennessean reports that the team is expected to replace OC Jason Michael and that DC Ray Horton is expected to leave for the asme position with the Browns. Mularkey has fared well as an NFL OC but carries just an 18-39 record through 4.5 seasons as a head man. He doesn't seem like an inspired choice here, though we'll see what assistants he brings in. For fantasy purposes, though, the continuity should help Mariota, who has already flashed exciting fantasy upside.

Titans QB Marcus Mariota (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Colts.  Tennessee would have been foolish to throw Mariota out there at anything less than 100%.  QB Zach Mettenberger gets another start but can't be trusted in fantasy lineups.  He's averaged just 197 passing yards in 3 starts with 2 total TDs and 4 INTs.

Titans QB Marcus Mariota (knee) has officially been ruled out for this weekend's game against the Texans.  QB Zach Mettenberger will make his 3rd start of the season.  One of the previous 2 came in Houston, where Mettenberger mustered just 171 yards with 0 TDs and 1 INT.  He's a low-end QB2 for Week 16.

Titans QB Marcus Mariota will miss the rest of the season with the sprained MCL he suffered in Sunday's loss to the Patriots, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen.  So he'll miss a total of 4 games this year with MCL injuries to both knees.  Mariota finishes with a 62% completion rate, 7.6 yards per attempt, 19 TDs and 10 INTs in 12 games.  He added 252 yards and 2 scores on the ground and is currently sitting 21st in fantasy points per game among QBs.  It was an encouraging debut season, especially considering the crappy supporting cast.  We'll see what Tennessee adds this offseason.  QB Zach Mettenberger will start the final 2 games against the Texans and Colts and will be a QB2 with some upside.

Pro Football Talk reports that Titans QB Marcus Mariota suffered an injury to his right MCL in Sunday's loss to the Patriots.  The rookie missed 2 games earlier this year with a left MCL injury.  The severity of this one will determine how long Mariota is sidelined, but Tennessee might opt to play it safe and hold the 1st-round pick out the rest of the way.  QB Zach Mettenberger will start against the Texans next week if Mariota doesn't.

Titans QB Marcus Mariota injured his right knee in the 2nd quarter of Sunday's game against the Patriots.  That's the opposite knee of the one he hurt earlier this year.  Mariota put on a knee brace and has remained on the sideline, but QB Zach Mettenberger is in the game.  Mariota is officially questionable to return.

Titans HC Mike Mularkey confirmed on Friday that QB Marcus Mariota (knee) will start this weekend's game against the Saints.  He'll wear a knee brace, though, which makes it tough to believe that he'll be a full-go running the ball.  That takes away some upside, although the matchup with New Orleans could bring nice passing numbers.

Titans interim HC Mike Mularkey confirmed on Wednesday that QB Marcus Mariota (knee) is on track to play against the Saints this weekend.  The rookie missed the past 2 weeks and will be just a QB2 for Week 9.  He should at least boost a Titans offense that's done nothing with Zach Mettenberger under center the last 2 games.

Titans interim HC Mike Mularkey said Tuesday that he'll do "some things differently offensively" going forward.  He then hinted that 1 of the changes could be allowing QB Marcus Mariota to run more.  “With a quarterback that’s as talented as Marcus is, his ability to do some things like I had with Kordell [Stewart] back in Pittsburgh,” Mularkey said. “You’ll see some things different.”  Mularkey was Steelers OC in 2001, when Stewart ran for 537 yards and 5 TDs.  Mariota is an elite athlete but has just 10 carries through 5 games.  More rushing opportunities would be good news for his fantasy value the rest of the way.

The Titans have fired HC Ken Whisenhunt.  He went 3-20 over the last season-and-a-half, getting out-scored to 597 to 379.  Former TEs coach Mike Mularkey will take over as Tennessee's interim HC.  He was Jacksonville's HC back in 2012, leading the Jags to a 2-14 record.  Mularkey was also HC for the Bills in 2004 and 2005, compiling a 14-18 record.  We doubt the coaching change makes much of a fantasy impact the rest of the way.

Titans QB Marcus Mariota (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Texans.  The rookie is close to being ready to play, according to insider Terry McCormick, but didn't get enough reps in practice this week.  Expect Mariota back for Week 9.  Zach Mettenberger gets another start this week in a plus matchup, but he's just a lower-end QB2.


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