The Titans have named Mike Vrabel their new HC. The former LB is just 8 years removed from the end of his playing career. He's spent the past 7 in the coaching ranks, most recently serving as the Texans' DC this past season. We'll see who Vrabel hires to run his offense.
The Jaguars practiced Wednesday and Thursday without both of their starting CBs. Jalen Ramsey sat out each workout with an ankle injury, while A.J. Bouye dealt with an illness. We'll see about their expected game statuses when those come out Friday. Missing either -- or both -- would obviously help the fantasy outlook for Marcus Mariota and his WRs.
Titans S Johnathan Cyprien suffered a hamstring strain in the 4th quarter of Sunday's loss to the Raiders and will miss "a few weeks," HC Mike Mularkey said at his Monday press conference. Da'Norris Searcy is expected to step into the lineup for Cyprien. He started most of last season but was not much of an IDP option.
The Titans spent their 2nd pick of Round 1 Thursday night on USC CB Adoree Jackson. This is the kind of rookie CB you want to take a shot on late in your IDP draft. Jackson defensed 28 passes over 3 years and delivered 8 TDs as a kick and punt returner. ESPN's Jon Gruden also touts his willingness to "throw his body around" as a tackler. CB is a low-value position at draft time, but don't be surprised if Jackson claims a starting role for Tennessee at some point this year and offers some fantasy scoring.
The Titans this week dumped veteran CB Jason McCourty. The 29-year-old (30 in October) spent 8 seasons in Tennessee but lost 16 games to injury over the past 2 years. He's likely to find a new landing spot fairly easily in a league always hungry for solid CBs. We'll see whether that new home keeps McCourty in a full-time role and supports his consistent IDP value.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that former Jaguars S Jonathan Cyprien has reached a deal with the Titans. Cyprien heads to a defense that supplied little fantasy football production from safeties in recent seasons. DC Dick LeBeau's system also didn't tend to produce big tackle numbers from the safeties. That category has driven Cyprien's IDP value to date, so it's tough to like his outlook. Unless his ADP falls, we'd bet on Cyprien being overrated in 2017 drafts.
Titans CB Jason McCourty (chest) is inactive for today's finale against the Texans.
The Titans have ruled CB Jason McCourty (chest, shoulder) out for Sunday's game against the Jaguars. That can only help the fantasy outlook for QB Blake Bortles and the rest of the Jacksonville passing offense against an already soft secondary. Of course, if you were planning to use the Tennessee D in fantasy, you were doing so because of the matchup rather than the Titans' talent. So McCourty's absence shouldn't affect your outlook too much. It does bring the floor down a bit.
Titans DE Jurrell Casey (foot) is active and returning to action today against the Chiefs. He missed last week after getting hurt before the Week 13 bye. Casey put in limited practices all week, though, and should be playable as a lower-level fantasy D-lineman.
Titans DE Jurrell Casey (foot) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Chiefs. He missed last week's game but put in limited practices all week. We'd bet on him playing, but we'll update his status Sunday.
Titans DE Jurrell Casey (foot sprain) is inactive for today's game against the Broncos. He had been a game-time decision but didn't practice all week. Karl Klug will start in his place and carries some upside in a positive matchup for D-linemen.
Titans HC Mike Mularkey said Friday that DE Jurrell Casey will be a game-time decision for Sunday's matchup with Denver, according to the team website. Casey missed practice all week with a foot sprain that he suffered in the Week 12 game at Chicago. It's obviously bad news that a Week 13 bye didn't allow him to practice at all. Even if Casey's active, he'll be a high-risk IDP play.
The Titans on Monday released starting CB Perrish Cox. The move comes less than a week after HC Mike Mularkey gave the dreaded vote of confidence amid questions over whether Cox's poor play might get him demoted. Tennessee promoted rookie CB Kalan Reed from the practice squad, but Antwon Blake and LeShaun Sims look like the top candidates to join Jason McCourty and Brice McCain among the top 3 at the position. The Titans rotated Sims in with Cox on Sunday. McCourty was limited to just 42% of the snaps at Chicago while dealing with a knee injury. According to ESPN's Paul Kuharsky, McCourty said after the game he thinks it's "just a little bone bruise."
Titans CB Perrish Cox (concussion) will miss tonight's game against the Jaguars. That certainly helps the matchup for Jacksonville, but QB Blake Bortles' poor play has defied specific matchups to this point. He's high risk in any situation. We'll see if WR Allen Robinson can capitalize on opportunity.
The Titans on Wednesday activated rookie OLB Kevin Dodd from the PUP list. The 2nd-round pick had been out since surgery on his right foot in late May. We wouldn't bet on Dodd pushing for a starting role this season, but he should factor into the edge rotation. Tennessee tied for 12th in the league with 39 sacks last year but could use a boost in that area.
Titans rookie OLB Kevin Dodd had surgery Thursday for a stress fracture in his right foot, according to The Tennessean. The team reportedly called it a preventative measure, ostensibly to keep the injury from getting worse. The Titans expect to have him back for training camp. IDP owners shouldn't expect big things from Dodd right away even if his foot's not an issue. He'll start out behind OLBs Derrick Morgan and Brian Orakpo on the depth chart. Dodd makes for a decent option in dynasty rookie drafts with IDPs, and his presence should help the Tennessee pass rush even before he's a starter.
The Titans spent a 2nd-round pick on Penn State DT Austin Johnson. At 6'4, 314 pounds, Johnson projects as a NT in Tennessee's 3-4 front. Don't expect much IDP value from him.
The Titans chose OLB Kevin Dodd with the 2nd pick of Round 2 in the NFL Draft. Dodd played DE in college but figures to get the LB designation thanks to Tennessee's 3-4 base. Dodd started for just 1 season at Clemson after DE Vic Beasley got drafted in 2015, but he delivered 12.5 sacks and 24 total tackles for loss in that 1 season. He could open in a rotation with Brian Orakpo and Derrick Morgan, but both are 29 or older. A DL designation would help Dodd's IDP value more, but he'll be an interesting option toward the middle of dynasty rookie drafts.
The Titans have shipped the #1 overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft to the Rams. Here's the full trade:
- 1st pick
- 113th pick
- 177th pick
- 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.
The Titans on Wednesday announced longtime coach Dick LeBeau as their new DC. He spent 2015 as Tennessee's assistant HC for defense -- how that balanced with DC Ray Horton's role, we don't really know -- after 11 seasons as Pittsburgh's coordinator. LeBeau's final 2 Steelers defenses slipped to middling, which led to the team setting him free. But he coached 3 straight units to top-6 finishes in both scoring and yardage before those 2 campaigns. We'll see what he can do with a Tennessee D that has some talent but also still appears to be a few pieces away from turning into a strong group. The Titans have sported some spot-start value as a team D over the past couple of years, though, and will be worth watching this offseason.
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