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According to Titans insider Jim Wyatt, RB Derrick Henry “continues to catch the ball well out of the backfield.” HC Mike Mularkey, meanwhile, offered a critique of Henry’s game. “I will say this about Derrick,’’ Mularkey said. “I don't think he's a fast starter. I've got to talk to him about that tempo period because we've got a bunch of guys up front that are creating things for him and he's not hitting it like I'd like to see him hit it. Later in the practice—I hope that's not the case in games. We need him to be full-strength. As soon as we call his number, he needs to hit things better.” This is hardly a surprise given Henry’s massive size, but it certainly bears watching in preseason action.

Pass-catching ability is 1 of the biggest question marks about Titans rookie RB Derrick Henry.  He totaled just 17 grabs in 3 seasons at Alabama.  But he's impressed his HC in that facet this spring.  “He’s beaten guys that were cover guys,’’ Mike Mularkey said of Henry's work in OTAs. “So I have been very impressed with him.  I am not sure why they did or didn’t do it (at Alabama). They were pretty happy with just handing it to him to get the production. But he certainly has some good hands. … And he is a big body to get the ball to.”  Other Alabama RBs, such as Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon, have proven to be better receivers than they were allowed to show in college.  We're not betting on Henry emerging as a high-end pass-catcher -- and we're not overrating his work in OTAs.  But he just needs to be serviceable enough in the passing game to stay on the field for all 3 downs.

The Titans selected RB Derrick Henry with the 45th pick of the 2016 NFL Draft. Henry puts massive checks in the measurable and production boxes. After sharing the backfield with (and outproducing) T.J. Yeldon in 2014, Henry busted out as a true junior this past season. He toted the rock 395 times for 2,219 yards (5.6 YPC) and 28 TDs. All 3 of those marks rank among the top 8 in NCAA history. Henry checked into the Combine at 6’3, 247 pounds and ran a 4.54-second 40-yard dash. He also posted strong marks in the vertical, broad and 60-yard shuttle. It earned him a SPARQ score in the 82nd percentile at his position — best among the top RBs in this draft class. The knocks against Henry are a lack of change-of-direction and pass-catching ability. He’s a downhill runner who needs a clear runway to get going. And he totaled just 17 receptions over 3 college seasons, including 11 as the clear starter this past year. Henry will spend 2016 as DeMarco Murray’s backup but could take over as the starter as early as 2017. Murray turned 28 this past February.

Adam Schefter reports that the Giants have reached a deal with former Rams CB Janoris Jenkins. ESPN's Dan Graziano adds that Jenkins is expected to get more than $12 million per year. That's a hefty price for a cover man who has been inconsistent at best so far. Jenkins does have talent, though, and could boost a soft Giants secondary if motivated. He presents big-play upside as an IDP but doesn't make for a special fantasy option in most formats.

The 2016 Miami Dolphins offense will have “elements of what the Colts and Broncos ran with Peyton Manning,” per the Miami Herald. Both HC Adam Gase and OC Clyde Christensen have coached Manning, so the connection is clear. “The attraction to this job is I really enjoyed those years in Indy where we were aggressive, we were no-huddle, the players had fun,” Christensen said. “I would say this is the way I’d like to play. We did it an awful lot of years in Indy and it’s kind of fun. There’s always something new. It’s wide open and you spread them out and you pop some runs in there. I like this style of play.” Ryan Tannehill regressed in 2015, but Miami’s new coaching staff gives some hope for a rebound. He’ll likely come at a discount in summer drafts. 

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.

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.

Dolphins HC Dan Campbell labeled QB Ryan Tannehill "day to day" with an ankle injury he suffered in Sunday's loss to the Colts.  "My gut says he should be ready to go" for this weekend's game against the Patriots.  A banged-up Tannehill won't be a QB1 option for that one, though.  He's totaled just 3 TDs in his last 4 games.

Titans OLB Derrick Morgan had surgery Monday to repair his injured shoulder, according to The Associated Press. He'll miss the rest of the season. David Bass has started in his place but provided just 0.5 sack total for the year.

The Titans have ruled out OLB Derrick Morgan (shoulder) for Sunday's game against the Jets.

Rams CB Janoris Jenkins is doubtful for Sunday's game against the Lions as he remains in the league concussion protocol. Jenkins twice returned to last week's loss to the Cardinals after leaving for concussion tests. St. Louis should, at least, get CB Trumaine Johnson back from a thigh injury that cost him the past 2 games. “I’m feeling good, feeling great,’’ he told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Friday. “I’ve been practicing all week and the leg’s been coming along. My confidence is up; it’s not going to be 100 (percent), but it should be good enough to play on Sunday.’’ Johnson's not a strong IDP option for this week.

Rams CB Janoris Jenkins left in the 3rd quarter against the Cardinals for more concussion testing after taking a shot to the back from teammate LB Mark Barron on Cardinals RB David Johnson's TD catch. Jenkins previously left in the 1st quarter after S T.J. McDonald accidentally hit him but passed the concussion testing and returned.

Rams CB Janorris Jenkins left early in the 1st quarter against the Cardinals after taking a shot from S T.J. McDonald. FOX reports that he went to the locker room for a concussion evaluation. We'll keep an eye on his status.

Update: Jenkins returned for the Rams' next defensive series.

11:03am EST 12/6/15

Titans OLB Derrick Morgan is inactive for today's game against the Jaguars with a shoulder injury. His absence hurts the Tennessee defense but doesn't significantly alter their risk/reward profile as a fantasy team D for the week. The injury has limited Morgan for several weeks now.

Titans OLB Derrick Morgan is questionable for Week 13 against the Jaguars with a shoulder injury. He missed last week's game and played a limited role the week before. Morgan's not an IDP option. His availability doesn't make a huge difference to the team defense's outlook.

11:17am EST 11/29/15

Titans OLB Derrick Morgan (shoulder) is inactive today against the Raiders. He played only a limited pass-rushing role last week while dealing with the injury. Losing Morgan doesn't alter much the already shaky outlook for the Tennessee team D.

Titans OLB Derrick Morgan (shoulder) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Raiders after missing practice Thursday and Friday. He played just 17 snaps in a situational rush role against the Jaguars in Week 11. HC Mike Mularkey told The Tennessean he expects a similar role in Week 12 if Morgan's active. We'll update his status Sunday morning, but Morgan's not usable in your IDP league. He'll mildly help the Titans' team D if available, but it's not a good matchup for Tennessee's sack potential. Oakland has allowed just 13 sacks for the season, tied for fewest in the league.

Titans OLB Derrick Morgan is active for tonight's game against the Jaguars despite entering the night questionable with a shoulder injury. He'll carry upside against a shaky Jacksonville line but hasn't produced much in the pass rush this year. Morgan's a weak IDP play.

Titans CB Perrish Cox (hamstring) is inactive for today's game against the Panthers. He joins CB Jason McCourty (groin) on the inactive list. That leaves Blidi Wreh-Wilson and Coty Sensabaugh starting for Tennessee. Neither makes for a particularly attractive IDP option.

Buccaneers S Bradley McDougald (concussion) is active for today's game against the Cowboys. You can use him as you normally would, though McDougald has been a weak IDP option this season.

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