Titans QB Marcus Mariota was benched in the 3rd quarter of Sunday's game in Denver after tossing his 2nd INT of the afternoon. He completed just 7 of 18 passes for 63 scoreless yards. QB Ryan Tannehill has replaced Mariota.
The Dolphins have traded QB Ryan Tannehill and a 2019 6th-round pick to the Titans for 2020 4th-rounder and a 2019 7th-rounder. Tennessee also agreed to a new 1-year, $7 million deal with Tannehill that can climb to $12 million with incentives. Tannehill never ascended beyond mediocrity in Miami and figures to open as Marcus Mariota's backup in Tennessee. But Mariota's leash is tightening after a stagnant and injury-filled 4 seasons so far. The Fins, meanwhile, are left with Jake Rudock and Luke Falk at QB. We'll see what they add to the position over the next couple of months.
Titans WR Adam Humphries has inked a 4-year, $36 million deal with the Titans. The former undrafted free agent boosted his catch and yardage totals in each of his 4 seasons in Tampa Bay, topping out with a 76-816-5 line this past year. A pure slot receiver, Humphries is averaging just 10.6 yards per catch for his career but sports a nice 70.4% catch rate. He has a shot to finish 2nd on the 2019 Titans in targets, with nothing proven at WR behind Corey Davis and 34-year-old TE Delanie Walker returning from a fractured ankle. The Bucs, meanwhile, have now lost Humphries and DeSean Jackson today. That leaves Chris Godwin as the clear #2 and 2018 5th-rounder Justin Watson as an intriguing sleeper -- barring a major addition at the position. TE O.J. Howard should also see a rise in targets.
Titans new OC Arthur Smith said RB Derrick Henry will be a "big part of the offense" in 2019. Henry, of course, exploded for 585 rushing yards and 7 scores over the final 4 games this past season. "He has a rare skill set," Smith continued. "Derrick's a home-run hitter. We are taking another step hopefully with him." Smith was an offensive lineman in college and was most recently Tennessee's TEs coach. It sounds like he's planning to deploy a run-leaning offense featuring 2- and even 3-TE sets. It's all good news for Henry and worrisome for QB Marcus Mariota and the Titans' pass-catchers.
The Titans have promoted TEs coach Arthur Smith to OC. Smith has been with Tennessee for 8 years, starting as a defensive assistant before moving to the other side of the ball. The Titans are aiming for continuity from the departed Matt LaFleur's scheme, but Smith is a complete unknown as a play-caller.
Titans QB Marcus Mariota (stinger) is inactive for tonight’s game against the Colts. Blaine Gabbert gets the start in a win-or-go-home situation. What a world.
Titans QB Marcus Mariota (stinger) is not expected to play against the Colts tonight, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports. Mariota is listed as questionable and is expected to work out pregame before a final decision is made. But an independent spine specialist has reportedly warned the Titans that further damage to Mariota's nerve could impact his ability to throw long term. So it looks like it'll be Blaine Gabbert under center for tonight's must-win game. Expect a whole bunch of RB Derrick Henry when Tennessee has the ball.
Titans QB Marcus Mariota (stinger) is listed as questionable for Sunday night’s game against the Colts. He put in limited practices on Thursday and Friday and will likely be a game-time decision. If Mariota is unable to go, it’ll be Blaine Gabbert under center. Avoid this situation in Week 17 fantasy lineups.
Titans QB Marcus Mariota (elbow) returned to practice on Thursday. HC Mike Vrabel said afterward that Mariota was limited but called his day "encouraging." It looks like he has a shot to play in Sunday night's win-or-go-home game against the Colts. We'll get another update tomorrow.
Titans QB Marcus Mariota (elbow) did not practice on Wednesday. “Just taking it day to day,” he said in a radio appearance prior to practice. “I am doing my best, (trying) to get back. That’s all I can do. I’ll do everything in my power to see if I can go. Again, it is just taking it one day at a time.” We'll track Mariota's progress over the next few days, but there's a good chance it's Blaine Gabbert under center for Sunday night's must-win game against the Colts.
Titans QB Marcus Mariota suffered what the team is calling a stinger late in the 1st half of Saturday's game against the Redskins and did not return. QB Blaine Gabbert played the 2nd half, completing 7 of 11 passes for 101 yards and a score in Tennessee's comeback win. Mariota has been dealing with elbow problems all season and seems iffy for Week 17. We'll keep an eye on his status next week.
Titans HC Mike Vrabel confirmed on Wednesday that QB Marcus Mariota (elbow) will start this weekend's game against the Eagles. Mariota was serviceable in relief of QB Blaine Gabbert this past Sunday, completing 12 of 18 passes. But he totaled just 100 passing yards and clearly wasn't at 100%. Vrabel did add that Mariota is "getting better every day" and that he doesn't expect to have any playbook limitations this weekend. But util we see that arm back to full strength, Mariota shouldn't be in fantasy lineups.
Titans QB Blaine Gabbert sustained a concussion in the 1st quarter of Sunday's game against the Jaguars. That's forced Tennessee to turn to QB Marcus Mariota, who is still dealing with his elbow injury.
Titans QB Marcus Mariota (elbow) is active for today’s game against the Jaguars but is expected to back up QB Blaine Gabbert. Avoid this situation in fantasy lineups.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Titans QB Marcus Mariota (elbow) is not expected to play against the Jaguars today. He "has not experienced enough improvement" in that throwing elbow, according to Rapoport. So QB Blaine Gabbert gets another start in a brutal matchup. Your best bet is to avoid Tennessee's passing game today.
Titans QB Marcus Mariota (elbow) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Jaguars. He was limited in practice all week and reportedly still wasn't throwing with his normal velocity. HC Mike Vrabel said Friday that he’d make a decision on Mariota’s status by Saturday night. At less than 100% and in a brutal matchup, Mariota shouldn’t be in your Week 3 fantasy plans. QB Blaine Gabbert will get another start if Mariota can’t go.
Titans QB Marcus Mariota (elbow) remained limited on Thursday but is "moving in the right direction," HC Mike Vrabel said. OC Matt LaFleur said Mariota threw “the best he’s thrown the ball since all this occurred against Miami." He remains iffy for this weekend's game against the Jaguars (fantasy owners should be hoping the Titans sit Mariota), but there at least appears to be a light at the end of this tunnel.
Former NFL team doctor and now sports medical analyst David Chao doesn't believe Marcus Mariota's elbow is as "close" to a return to normal as the QB says. "The ulnar nerve injury affects the ability to strongly grip the football and flex (actively bend) the wrist for follow-through," Chao writes. "This injury thereby affects accuracy – especially when pushing the ball down field – and makes it difficult to throw tight spirals." He adds that "the physiology of nerve recovery is that it either returns quickly or it lingers." This doesn't mean that Mariota can't play. If it did, the Titans obviously wouldn't have him on the active roster. But it does mean we probably shouldn't expect Mariota to start in Week 3, and his throws might be impacted into October. We'll keep watching the situation, but Mariota's current status makes him droppable in some fantasy leagues.
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