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Titans RB DeMarco Murray returned to the practice field Tuesday after missing nearly 2 weeks with hamstring trouble. “He looked good,” HC Mike Mularkey said, per Pro Football Talk. “He actually did more than I was expecting. I’m the one that pulled him out of the team period because of the number of reps he had up to that point. I was pleased with the way he looked.” Barring a setback over the coming week, you should continue treating Murray as you have been in fantasy football drafts. He's a solid 2nd-round pick across formats.

Titans RB DeMarco Murray took part in individual drills on Monday for the 1st time since injuring his hamstring last Wednesday. "He's close. We're easing him back into it," HC Mike Mularkey said afterward. "We'll see how he feels after what he did [Monday] and hopefully we'll get him out here [Tuesday]." We'll continue to keep an eye on Murray, but the hammy should be a non-issue come Week 1.

Titans WR Taywan Taylor flashed in spring workouts and has continued to impress early in training camp. He's been working as the 1st-team slot receiver since Corey Davis suffered his hamstring injury. “I think he’s electric,” QB Marcus Mariota said. “I think he has a knack of making plays with the ball in his hands. So, as much as we can, we’ve got to find ways to get him the ball and be creative about it. I think he can really be a force for us.” Taylor figures to need Davis, Eric Decker or Rishard Matthews to miss time this season to have any shot at fantasy value, but he remains an intriguing dynasty stash as a talented player in an ascending offense.

Titans HC Mike Mularkey labeled WR Corey Davis "week to week" with his hamstring injury. "We're just going to play it by ear and see how it is," Mularkey added. "He'll be out at least a week, maybe longer." Davis is obviously dealing with something more than a minor injury. Barring a setback, he should be ready for the start of the regular season. But the missed time is no good for a rookie.

Titans HC Mike Mularkey said Thursday that RB DeMarco Murray is dealing with a hamstring injury. He didn't practice but was out on the field in uniform, according to insider Jim Wyatt. That suggests a minor issue, but we'll keep a close eye on this one. Derrick Henry would boast RB1 upside if Murray misses any time this season.

Titans WR Corey Davis is dealing with a hamstring injury, HC Mike Mularkey announced on Thursday. He's heading for an MRI, which will show the extent of the damage. Davis was off to a strong start at camp, running with the 1st-team offense. We'll see how long this injury keeps him shelved. The rookie is coming off the board as WR42 in recent MFL10 drafts.

Titans QB Marcus Mariota (leg) has been cleared for the start of training camp, HC Mike Mularkey said. Mularkey added that the team will "monitor him early on." No surprises here. Mariota has had a smooth recovery from last December's broken leg, but Tennessee will be careful with its franchise passer until we get closer to the regular season. Mariota is clearly on track to be a full-go come Week 1, though.

Titans QB Marcus Mariota will report to training camp at 215 pounds, his trainer told insider Paul Kuharsky. That's 7 pounds lighter than Mariota has been listed the past 2 years. “I have always told Marcus that I thought he should play at 215 pounds because I felt like he was the fastest at that weight,” trainer Ryan Flaherty said. “I told him that they can't hit what they can't catch so he should think about playing at a weight where he is his fastest ... He will be much quicker and faster this year and the goal with that will be to take less hits which will in turn keep him healthy." We'll see if the slimmer Mariota is able to make it through 16 games this season -- something he's yet to do -- but it should certainly raise his rushing ceiling.

Titans insider Jim Wyatt called WR Taywan Taylor a "star of the offseason" and even predicted that he'll out-target WR Corey Davis this season. Davis, of course, was the 5th overall pick of this year's draft. Taylor was a 3rd-rounder. But he checks boxes for college production (3,197 yards and 34 TDs over the last 2 seasons) and athleticism (96th percentile SPARQ score). There's a crowd in Tennessee with Taylor and Davis joining veterans Rishard Matthews and Eric Decker at WR. TE Delanie Walker is still there. And the Titans figure to remain a run-leaning offense. We'd be surprised if they produced more than 2 viable fantasy starting WRs, so the battle for snaps and targets this summer will be worth monitoring closely.

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.

The Jets have released WR Eric Decker, saving $7.25 million against the 2017 salary cap. They tried to find a trade partner but found no takers with the other 31 teams knowing that Decker would be released. It shouldn't take him long to find a new job on the open market. Decker has reportedly been medically cleared from last year's shoulder and hip surgeries and has remained productive. He posted an 80-1,027-12 line back in 2015 and hit pay dirt in 2 of 3 games last year. Only 5 players have scored more receiving TDs than Decker since 2011.

Titans WR Tajae Sharpe injured his foot last week and had surgery, HC Mike Mularkey announced Thursday. Sharpe is expected to be ready for training camp. Still, the missed time doesn't help a guy trying to hold off talented rookie Taywan Taylor for the #3 WR job. Neither Taylor nor Sharpe is on the redraft radar right now.

Titans HC Mike Mularkey revealed on Thursday that RB DeMarco Murray recently had surgery on his hand. Mularkey said it addressed a "minor, nagging injury" and that Murray will be out of his cast by Monday. He's expected to be fine for the start of training camp and is even pushing to practice next week. This doesn't sound like anything to worry about, but we'll keep an eye on Murray.

The Jets have informed WR Eric Decker that he'll be traded or released this week, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The move will save the rebuilding Jets a little over $7 million this season. It'll also see them lose their only proven pass-catcher. New York's WR depth chart now reads: Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, ArDarius Stewart, Chad Hansen and Charone Peake. That group will try to catch passes from some combination of Josh McCown, Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg. God speed, Jets fans. Decker, meanwhile, should find a new job relatively quickly. And it figures to be in a spot much more conducive to fantasy production.

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.

Jets WR Eric Decker was on the field for the start of this week's OTAs. He was sporting a red no-contact jersey, and it's unclear how much he'll actually do. But the fact that he's out there at all is good news after he underwent shoulder and hip surgeries last year. Barring setbacks, Decker should be ready for training camp and a full-go by the time Week 1 rolls around. A healthy Decker could dominate targets for the Brandon Marshall-less Jets.

Jets WR Eric Decker, recovering from shoulder and hip surgeries, expects to be ready for the start of training camp. “My health is good. I’m back and I’m doing everything right now,” he said. “There are no [structural] issues. I’m just getting my strength back. But as far as everything else, I’m a full go." Decker has been bandied about as a cut candidate for the rebuilding Jets, who drafted a pair of WRs last weekend. If he sticks around, though, Decker figures to dominate targets on a team that will often find itself playing catchup. He's a nice value in MFL10s at his current 8th-round ADP.

The Titans selected TE Jonnu Smith in the 3rd round of the 2017 NFL Draft. The Florida International product broke out for a 61-710-8 line as a true sophomore in 2014. He failed to reach those heights over the past 2 years, missing time with a sprained knee in 2015 and then when his girlfriend tossed a pot of boiling water at him this past year. (Seriously.) Smith tested well at the Combine, running a 4.62-second 40 with a 38-inch vertical and strong times in the agility drills at 6’3 and 248 pounds. He finished with an 87th percentile SPARQ score. Smith won’t be a 2017 fantasy factor but has a shot to eventually replace the 32-year-old Delanie Walker.

The Titans selected WR Taywan Taylor in the 3rd round. Taylor stayed 4 years at Western Kentucky, posting massive numbers over his last two (184-3197-34). A slippery pass catcher, the 22-year-old impressed at the Scouting Combine by running the 3-cone drill in 6.57 seconds and posting a 132" broad jump. In Tennessee, Taylor projects as the #3 WR for 2017 behind Corey Davis and Rishard Matthews. But the 5'11, 203-pounder carries long-term #2 upside in a passing game led by emerging star Marcus Mariota.

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.

 
 
 

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