Titans RB Darrynton Evans (hamstring) is out for Monday night's opener vs. the Broncos. That leaves only RB Senorise Perry and FB Khari Blasingame to spell RB Derrick Henry. Henry has a shot to play nearly every snap in Week 1.
The Titans on Tuesday placed ILB Jayon Brown on the PUP list. HC Mike Vrabel did not disclose the injury in announcing the move to reporters. We'll keep an eye on Brown's status as camp gets rolling.
The Titans and RB Derrick Henry agreed to a 4-year, $50 million contract just before Wednesday's deadline for franchise-tagged players to sign long-term deals. Henry will get $25.5 million in guaranteed money -- the 6th most on any current RB contract. His $12.5 million average annual salary ranks 5th. It's a strong contract for Henry in today's RB market and ensures that he'll be a focal point of Tennessee's offense for the next few years. The big question for Henry's fantasy stock is whether he'll garner a bigger role in the passing game. He's averaging just 18.5 targets per season.
The Titans added Appalachian State RB Darrynton Evans in the 3rd round of the 2020 NFL Draft. The 5’10, 203-pounder has the look of a change-of-pace back in the pros, which makes his fit in Tennessee behind Derrick Henry make perfect sense. “He’s a finesse guy,” an anonymous scout told The Athletic’s Bob McGinn. “He’s not a very strong inside runner, but get him on the perimeter and he’s got a really natural feel.” Evans helped himself by clocking a 4.41-second 40-yard dash and earning an 84th percentile SPARQ score at the Combine. He averaged a nice 6.1 yards per carry as Appalachian State’s lead back over the past 2 seasons but was obviously facing weaker competition in the Sun Belt Conference. Evans didn’t fare well in Pro Football Focus’ 2019 Elusive Rating, ranking 19th among 21 of the top backs in the class. He looks comfortable in the passing game on tape, though, and tallied 32 grabs over the past 2 seasons. Evans will probably need a Henry injury to be a real fantasy factor this year. But Henry is currently set to hit free agency next offseason.
Rams HC Sean McVay said Tuesday that the trade of WR Brandin Cook was “a big vote of confidence” for WR Josh Reynolds. “We just feel he’s a capable starting receiver," McVay added. Reynolds has spent the majority of his first 3 NFL seasons as Los Angeles' #4 WR. But he's been elevated due to injuries to the Rams' other WRs on occasion and fared decently. Reynolds has played 60+% of the offensive snaps in 14 career games and averaged 5.6 targets, 2.9 catches, 38.5 yards and .5 TDs in those outings. Cooks leaves behind an average of 6.3 targets per game over the last 2 seasons, creating a significant opportunity for Reynolds.
The Steelers are using the franchise tag to keep OLB Bud Dupree off the open market. The former 1st-round pick jumped to 11.5 sacks in his 5th season after topping out at 6 sacks among his previous 4 campaigns. Dupree's 17 QB hits in 2019 mark a steadier climb, compared with 6, 7, 7 and 13 over the previous 4 years.
The Titans have applied the franchise tag to RB Derrick Henry. The move was expected, as Tennessee reportedly wants to work out a longer-term deal with its lead back. We have all seen, of course, big-money RB deals quickly look bad in other situations. But Henry should be well set up for workhorse usage and good fantasy value for 2020 (and perhaps beyond).
The Titans and QB Ryan Tannehill have agreed to a 4-year, $118 million deal with $91 million in total guarantees, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. That $29.5 million average annual salary makes Tannehill the league's 7th highest paid QB. After a mostly disappointing 6 seasons in Miami, Tannehill was awesome for Tennessee last year. Including the playoffs, he completed 68.5% of his passes, averaged 9.0 yards per attempt and tossed 27 TDs vs. 7 INTs across 14 appearances. He was fantasy's #3 QB after taking over as the Titans' starter in Week 7. Note, though, that Tannehill averaged just 25.4 pass attempts in his 13 starts. He'll need to reproduce last year's otherworldly efficiency in order to score as a top 10 QB on that type of volume. Consider Tannehill more of a high-end QB2 in early best-ball drafts.
Titans ILBs Jayon Brown and Rashaan Evans and CB Adoree’ Jackson are all active for today’s game against the Chiefs after entering the day questionable. That’ll all help the defense, but Tennessee will need some turnover and/or scoring luck to help you in fantasy.
Titans ILBs Jayon Brown (shoulder) and Rashaan Evans (foot) are questionable for Sunday's game against the Chiefs. Both put in limited practices all week. We'll see about their availability Sunday afternoon.
Titans RB Derrick Henry (hamstring) put in a full week of practice and isn't listed on the final injury report. It seems like he's as healthy as he's been in a while. Henry should be in for a big workload on Sunday against a Texans defense that's allowed 4.3 yards per carry to RBs over the last 5 weeks.
Titans RB Derrick Henry (hamstring) is expected back for Sunday's win-and-in game against the Texans, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Tennessee held Henry out of a Week 16 game that ended up meaning nothing for the team's playoff chances. Now "he'll be as healthy as he's been in a long time," Rapoport says. Henry should be in for big volume this weekend.
Titans RB Derrick Henry (hamstring) is officially inactive for today’s game against the Saints. That leaves Dion Lewis as Tennessee’s lead back, ahead of Dalyn Dawkins and Khari Blasingame. Lewis sits in RB3 range in our Week 16 Rankings.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Titans RB Derrick Henry (hamstring) is not expected to play against the Saints today. He's been dealing with a bum hamstring for the past few weeks and was downgraded to questionable on Saturday. His absence leaves Tennessee with RBs Dion Lewis, undrafted rookie Khari Blasingame and practice-squad call-up Dalyn Dawkins. 29-year-old Lewis has struggled to just 3.5 yards per carry and 6.0 yards per catch in limited action this year. We're not expecting great efficiency today against a solid Saints defense, but Lewis should be in line for 15+ touches. That at least makes him a RB3 or flex option.
The Titans have downgraded RB Derrick Henry (hamstring) to questionable for Sunday's game against the Saints. He was limited in Wednesday's practice, held out on Thursday and a full-go on Friday. It's unclear if he tweaked the hamstring on Friday or just woke up a bit sore today. We'll look for further updates on Henry, but stashing RB Dion Lewis wouldn't be a bad idea.
Titans S Kenny Vaccaro (concussion) is active for today's game against the Texans. He's just a low-level IDP option.
Titans RB Derrick Henry (hamstring) is active for today’s game against the Texans. He didn’t practice at all this week, but NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported this morning that it was “mostly a maintenance thing.” Henry remains a must-start as he looks for his 5th straight game of 100+ yards and 1+ TDs.
NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports that the Titans expect RB Derrick Henry to play through the questionable tag for the hamstring injury that kept him out of practice all week. Pelissero calls it "mostly a maintenance thing" and adds: "They'll see how he feels in the morning and be smart with him, but no pitch count planned." As long as Henry's active, you're playing him.
Titans S Kenny Vaccaro left last Sunday's win over the Raiders early with a concussion. He managed full practices Thursday and Friday, though, following a limited Wednesday workout. That seems to point to Vaccaro being ready for Sunday's game against the Texans. We'll keep an eye out for final clearance.
Titans RB Derrick Henry (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Texans. He didn't practice all week. HC Mike Vrabel has said that Henry will play in this divisional showdown, but it's clear that he's dealing with a legitimate hamstring issue. It obviously adds risk to Henry's Week 15 outlook. But he remains a must-start if active.
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