Tennessee Titans Backup Plan:

With Jadeveon Clowney still on the open market, there is a lot of speculation of where he is going to end up. Right now it’s a 45/45/10 split between the Titans, Seahawks, and Browns. It seems to be down to the Titans and Seahawks with the latest rumor being the Seahawks just offered the star pass-rusher a 16 million dollar per year deal. The Titans general manager John Robinson said on a local radio show this morning that “nothing is imminent” between the team and Jadeveon Clowney in terms of a contract. So let’s say the Tennessee Titans fail to land Clowney, what would the next move be? Well, let’s look at team needs, with the departure of Jurell Casey, Austin Johnson, and Cam Wake earlier this offseason there is a glaring need at Pass Rush and Interior Defensive Line. The loss of Casey hurts the Titans in a few areas, Casey was a dominate player in the run game as well as being able to rush the passer. In 14 games last season Casey had 5 sacks, 5 tackles for loss, as well as 10 Quarterback hits. So can the Titans find a replacement on the Free Agency market that can provide the same amount of production that Casey left behind? Let’s look at some options.

The first name that comes to mind is All-Pro nose tackle Damon “Snacks” Harrison. Harrison is a prolific run-stopper and is exactly what the Titans need upfront. With the addition of “Snacks”, the Titans would automatically become a top tier run-stopping team and have the pieces on the edge to do some major damage in the pass-rushing category as well. In 15 games last season Harrison had 2 sacks, 3 tackles for loss, as well as 2 Quarterback Hits. The addition of Damon Harrison would be an upgrade over Casey in the run game, but a major downgrade in the Pass rushing category.

 

Another player still on the open market is Probowl defensive tackle, Mike Daniels. Formally of the Detroit Lions, Daniels would bring a lot of energy to the Titans front line while also being a great defensive anchor. He doesn’t provide as much run-stopping expertise as Damon Harrison, but he provides a bit more of a pass rush form the Defensive tackle spot. Daniels has struggled with injuries the past two seasons and hasn’t played over 10- games since his Pro-Bowl season in 2017 where he put up 5 sacks, 10 tackles for loss, and 14 Quarterback Hits. Daniels would be a great piece too big in to replace Casey, they are very similar players and I know he would fit in quite nicely.

 

If the Titans fail to land Clowney there are still some very good Edge rushers on the open market.

The most obvious option would be Everson Griffen. The 4-time Pro-Bowler would immediately slide into a starting role with the Titans and bring a much-needed tenacity to the edge-rushing role.  In 15 games last season Griffen racked up 8 sacks, 11 Tackles for loss, and 24 Quarterback hits. Bringing in Griffen on a one year deal would make complete sense for the Titans if they miss out on the Clowney sweepstakes.

 

Another option would be to bring in Markus Golden. Golden is more of a speed rusher, compared to Griffen who uses more of his power is pass-rushing scenarios. Golden really came into his own this past season racking up 10 sacks, 12 tackles for loss, and 27 Quarterback hits. Golden would be a great addition to the Titans pass-rushing core and would have an immediate impact.

Tennessee Titans Undrafted Free Agents:

Cameron Scarlett | RB | Stanford

  • Was named the Stanford Cardinal team MVP
  • 2017 All-Pac-12 honorable mention
  • Was one of the top return-men the Country in 2017 Racking up 1008 return yards with an average kick return of 25.8 yards
  • Over 800 yards rushing in 2019
  • 240 yards receiving in 2019

 

Mason Kinsey | WR | Berry

  •  D3football.com third-team All-American
  • Invited to prestigious East-West Shrine Bowl
  • Closed the season with 65 receptions, 1,221 yards & 16 receiving TD’s in 11 games
  • Ran the 40-yard dash in 4.47 seconds

 

Kyle Williams | WR | Arizona State

  • 482 yards receiving in 2019

 

Kristian Wilkerson | WR | Southeast Missouri

  • Second-Team All-OVC selection in 2018
  • 1350 receiving yards in 2019
  • 24 touchdowns in the last 2 season at SEMO

 

Tommy Hudson | TE | Arizona State

  • 112 yards Receiving in 2019

 

Brandon Kemp | OL |  Valdosta State

  • D2 Conference Commissioners Association All-America Second Team
  • As a redshirt freshman, Kemp started every game on the offensive line

 

Anthony Mckinney | OT | TCU

  • Started all 11 games at Left Tackle for TCU

 

Teair Tart | DT | FIU

  • 2020 NFLPA Bowl Invite
  • 2019 Phil Steele Preseason All-Conference USA First Team
  • 6 sacks in 2 years at FIU
  • 19.0 Tackles for Loss in 2 years at FIU

 

Kobe Smith | DT | South Carolina

  • A veteran who provided leadership along the defensive line… appeared in 48 games making 17 starts… recorded 84 tackles including 7.0 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks with seven quarterback hurries.
  • 2018 SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll

 

Khaylan Kearse-Thomas | LB | Arizona State

  • Reliable performer, playing in all 13 games in each of the past two seasons
  • 4.5 Sacks including 12.5 tackles for loss in 2019
  • 2 interceptions in 2019

 

Cale Garrett | LB | Missouri

  • 2018 1st-Team All-SEC (Pro Football Focus)
  • 2x SEC Defensive player of the week in 2019
  • Named Team Captain in 2018
  • Only Played 5 games in 2019
  • 2 Sacks, 5 Tackles for Loss and a Fumble Recovery in 5 games
  • 3 interceptions in 2019 (In 5 games)
  • 43 tackles in 5 games in 2019

 

Nick Westbrook WR Indiana University

6’3″

  • Nick was the top Statistical Wide Receiver in all of High School for the 2015 Season averaging 156.3 yards per game and snagging a total of 22 touchdowns in just 13 games
  • In 2019 Nick was named Team Captain and was a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy
  • Westbrook finished his College career with 144 receptions for 2,226 yards and 16 touchdowns
  •  Westbrook played in the 2020 East-West Shrine Bowl

 

 

 

 

 

NFL Mock Draft 1.0

  1. Bengals: Joe Burrow   QB
  2. Redskins: Chace Young   DE
  3. Lions: Jeff Okudah   CB
  4. Giants: Isiah Simmons   LB
  5. Dolphins: Tua Tagovailoa   QB
  6. Chargers: Justin Herbert   QB
  7. Panthers: Derrik Brown   IDL
  8. Cardinals: Jedrrik Wills   OT
  9. Jaguars: Javon Kinlaw   DT
  10. Browns: Mekhi Becton   OT
  11. Jets: CeeDee Lamb   WR
  12. Raiders: Jerry Jeudy   WR
  13. 49ers: Henry Ruggs   WR
  14. Bucs: Andrew Thomas   OT
  15. Broncos: Justin Jefferson   WR
  16. Falcons: K’Lavon Chaisson   EDGE
  17. Cowboys: C.J. Henderson   CB
  18. Dolphins: Austin Jackson   OT
  19. Raiders: Kristian Fulton   CB
  20. Jaguars: Trevon Diggs   CB
  21. Eagles: Tee Higgins   WR
  22. Vikings: A.J. Epenesa   DL
  23. Patriots: Jordan Love   QB
  24. Saints: Patrick Queen   LB
  25. Vikings: Denzel Mims   WR
  26. Dolphins: D’Andre Swift   RB
  27. Seahawks: Yetur Gross-Matos   EDGE
  28. Ravens: Kenneth Murray   LB
  29. Titans: Jeff Gladney   CB
  30. Packers: Laviska Shenault   WR
  31. 49ers: A.J. Terrell   CB
  32. Chiefs: Zach Baun  LB

Tennessee Titans Late Round NFL Draft Targets: (Draft Diamonds and Sleepers)

 

 

 

Lynn Bowden Jr.

  • Described as the “Next Taysom Hill”
  • Converted to Quarterback from Wide Receiver/Running Back
  • 1,303 Receiving Yards in College Career
  • 1,530 Rushing Yards in College Career
  • 495 Passing Yards in College Career
  • 1,827 Return Yards in College Career
  • Was Consensus first-team All-American in 2019
  • Won the Paul Hornung Award in 2019

 

Malcom Perry

  • Could also be described as “The Next Taysom Hill”
  • Was second in the nation with 2,017 yards rushing
  • Had 1084 yards passing his senior year at Navy
  • 470 Yards receiving his College career
  • AAC Offensive Player of the Year in 2019

 

Harrison Bryant

  • Led all Tight Ends with 1,004 yards receiving in 2019
  • Converted to Tight end from Offensive Tackle
  • Won the John Mackey Award in 2019
  • Unanimous first-team All-American in 2019

 

Luq Barcoo

  • Led the Nation with 9 interceptions in 2019
  • Led Nation in Passes Defended with 25 in 2019
  • 2019 Paycom Jim Thorpe Award semifinalist
  • 2019 Pro Football Focus Honorable-Mention All-American

 

Isaiah Rodgers

  • Led the Nation in Combined Kick Returns (1,415 Yards)
  • 4 Interceptions in 2019
  • PFF College All-America First Team (Kick Return)
  • PFF College All-Independent Team (Kick Return)
  • All-ECAC (Defensive Back)

 

Evan Weaver

  • Led the Nation in Solo Tackles in 2019 with 103
  • Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year in 2019
  • Unanimous All-American in 2019

 

Combine Standout Targets:

 

Cole McDonald

  • 6th in the Nation in total Offense
  • 8th in the Nation in Passing Touchdowns
  • 4th in the Nation in Passing Yards
  • Fastest 40-yard dash for a Quarterback in the NFL Combine (4.58)
  • Highest Vereticle jump for Quarterbacks in the NFL Combine (36″)

 

 

Jalen Hurts

  • Second in the Nation in Passing Efficiency
  • 9th in the Nation in Passing Yards
  • 6th in the nation in completion percentage
  • 3rd in the Nation in total offense
  • 2018 National Quarterback Club College Quarterback of the Year
  • Heisman Trophy runner-up
  • 2nd Fastest 40 yard dash for a Quarterback  at the NFL Combine(4.59)
  • Longest broad jump for a Quarterback at the NFL Combine (125″)

 

Jabari Zuniga

  • 2nd fastest 40-yard dash among Defensive Lineman (4.64)
  • Best long jump among defensive lineman (127 inches)
  • Three Sacks in 2019

 

Jeremy Chinn

  • Eerily similar measurables to Isaiah Simmons
  • 4.45 40 yard dash at Combine
  • 2nd highest vert jump at NFL Combine for Safties
  • Best long jump for Safties at the Combine

 

 

Ezra Clevland

  • 3rd fastest 40 yeard dash at the NFL combine for a Lineman (4.93)
  • NFL Scouts said he had the best Combine for a lineman in Combine History
  • Fastest 3 cone drill for a Lineman at the Combine (7.26)
  • Fastest 20-yard shuttle for a lineman at the Combine (4.46)

 

Netane Muti

  • 44 reps Bench press reps at the Combine

 

Albert Okwuegbunam

  • Fastest 40-yard dash for a Tight End at the Combine (4.49)

 

Brycen Hopkins

  • 2nd Fastest 40 yard dash for a Tight End at the NFL Combine (4.66)

 

Reggie Robinson II

  • Ran a 4.44 40 yard dash at the NFL combine
  • Most Benchpress reps for a defensive back at the NFL combine (22)
  • 4th longest broad jump for a defensive back at the NFL combine (132″)

 

Harrison Hand

  • Highest verticle jump for a defensive back at the NFL combine (41″)
  • 2nd best Longjump for a defensive back at the NFL combine (133″)

 

Javelin K. Guidry

  • Fastest 40-yard dash for a Defensive Back at the NFL Combine (4.29)
  • 3rd most Benchpress reps for a Defensive Back at the NFL COmbine (21)

 

 

Whats Happening around the NFL Week 8

NFL Week 8 News:

  • Jay Ajayi is visiting with the Arizona Cardinals today. If the visit goes well, it’s been rumored a deal could get done as soon as tomorrow.
  • Mohamed Sanu is on the Trade Block. The Falcons are reportedly are open to offers for the Wide Receiver.
  • Patriots reportedly are trying to trade for OJ Howard. They have contacted Tampa Bay about his availability but were told he is not available at the moment.
  • Kareem Hunt is eligible to return for the Cleveland browns this week. They activated him to the Roster the Morning.
  • The Trade market for Emmanuel Sanders is heating up, the 49ers are reportedly looking to bring in another Wide Receiver and many insiders think they are going to aggressively pursue Emmanuel Sanders.
  • Cowboys, Falcons, Browns and Ravens might have some interest in signing Eric Berry if they feel like they are contenders and need an extra defensive back for the playoffs.

What should the Titans do in the Off season?

 

 

The Titans season ended the other night with a heartbreaking 33-17 loss to the red-hot Indianapolis Colts. So between all the disappointment and frustration, it’s now time that we look forward to next season and the excitement a new offseason brings. To find out what the team needs in the future, we must look into the past. This past season was filled with ups and downs, twist and turns, but the one thing that stayed consistent was the Titans inconsistency, one week we are beating up on the defending super bowl champs and then the next we are getting crushed by the Buffalo Bills. Every week we either leaned on Mariota to score points to keep us in the game, or we were watching the defense put up stop after stop to keep us in games because of a lackluster offensive performance, that’s not a formula for success. Almost every successful team has a balance of offense and defense, but the Titans definitely didn’t have that this season. They were able to go out and put up 34 on the Patriots, and just a few weeks before that, they couldn’t even score a single touchdown against Buffalo.  The defense was a whole nother story, the Titans defense was holding teams to under 19 points a game and had a Top 6 passing defense, they were a dominant force week in and week out.

The obvious way to go is to spend heavy on the offense this season, with the defense being as young as they are (Average age is 25 for all Starters)  the offensive side of the ball needs some major upgrading. Currently, the Titans have the 27th ranked receiving corps in the NFL with only one real reliable wide receiver, Corey Davis. The Titans need to address the Receiver position and get another reliable target to go along with Davis. The Titans do have the slot position filled nicely with Taiwan Taylor and Tajae Sharpe but they don’t currently have a number 2 guy that can come down with the 50/50 catches and be a real red zone threat. The Titans could fill that need with a few different options. You have Free Agency, the Titans should pick up one of these 3 players; Randall Cobb, Jordan Matthews or Kelvin Benjamin. Any of the 3 players would give the Titans a huge boost to the passing offense. Cobb is a reliable receiver with great hands that line up anywhere on the field, Kelvin Benjamin (if used correctly) can be a huge asset to the team in the red zone and on tough contested catches which is what the Titans need right now, and Jordan Matthews is a mix of both of these players, he can catch a contested pass using his 6-3 frame and can also stretch the field a bit with his 4.46 speed. Another solution is the NFL draft, JJ Arcega-Whiteside is my number one target for the Titans in the draft. He is 6-3 and has good speed, he leads all FBS Wide Receivers with a 61.5% Deep Catch Rate and also caught 14 touchdowns this season a Stanford. Whiteside gives the Titans everything they are looking for in a Wideout. Another Receiver I can see the Titans targeting later in the draft is Hakeem Butler, he is 6-6 and has a very impressive catch radius and can move fairly quickly for a big receiver. Butler put up some very impressive numbers at Iowa State, pulling in 1300 yards and 9 touchdowns this season. The other weak link in the Titans offense this season was the interior line play, specifically the guard play. Quinton Spain and Josh Kline didn’t play well for most of the season and in the next couple of years, they will need to be replaced. With Spain most likely leaving in Free Agency the Titans need a new right guard, so let’s look at a few options for them. A good decision would be to bring back Chance Warmack, as some of you may now the Titans drafted Warmack back in 2013 with the 10th overall selection out of Alabama, he ended up not working out and he got signed Philly for a few years. He might be able to come back and fill in a Gaurd for a few seasons before we find a younger replacement in a few years. Another player the Titans should take a look at is AJ Cann. I liked Cann a lot coming out of South Carolina, he is a solid guard with good quick feet. He was drafted in 2015 by the Jaguars in the 3rd round, I think he could come in and start right away for the Titans. Now on defense, the Titans are losing Brian Orakpo and possibly Derek Morgan so they will need to acquire a pass rusher in Free Agency or maybe even the draft.  The Titans should go after either Shane Ray or Aaron Lynch in free agency this offseason. Both are relentless pass rushers and are proven “NFL’ers” that can get to the quarterback. If you add one of those two with Harold Landey and Shareef Finch, you would definitely have a dynamic pass-rushing trio.  One guy I would like to see the Titans to go after in the draft is “sack master” Sutton Smith out of NIU. He leads the Nation with 15 sacks and has had 30 sacks in his past three seasons combined. He also has forced 7 fumbles in his career, he is a speedy pass rusher that can no doubt make a spot for himself on the Titans roster if they draft him. The last position the Titans could benefit from signing is a decent backup Quarterback. Over the past few seasons when Mariota has gone down the Titans have to throw in their backup quarterback who never seems perform up to expectations. The Titans need to bring in someone who can pick up where Mariorta left off if needed. I think RGIII, Brett Hundley or Ryan Fitzpatrick would all be great backups to Mariota. The Titans need a QB who can challenge Mariota to step up and play to his potential while also being able to step in when needed.

Fro’s Weekly Start Em Week 5

Week 5 Start em Just as a reminder these players will never be the elite players. This list is meant to help guide my followers set their lineups weekly.

 

QB – Ben Rothlisberger vs Atlanta Big Ben averages 10 more points at home vs road games. The Falcons have given up the 4th most fantasy points to QBs this season & allowed the 2nd most completions. The Steelers will have to throw a lot to keep pace with their own defense giving up points to Matt Ryan and the high scoring Falcons offense. This is projected to be the highest scoring game of the week and I expect there to be high scoring fantasy performances as well.

 

RB – TJ Yeldon at Kansas City With Fournette officially ruled out this week Yeldon will be getting the start vs the weak Chiefs defense. He’s been averaging 12 carries/game even with Fournette starting two of those games and has added PPR value on a team that’s 3rd heaviest in passing (averages 3.5 receptions/game). He’s a top 15 RB while Fournette is out, Chiefs defense has given up the most points to running backs this season.

 

TE – Eric Ebron at New England On an injury cursed Indy team Ebron finds himself as the top target Thursday night against the Patriots. He is 2nd only to Hilton in team targets, averaging 7.5/game. TY Hilton & Jack Doyle will be out tonight in a game where the Colts will need to throw a ton to keep pace with the Tom Brady led offense. With all the injury issues for TEs this season I expect Ebron to put up a top 6 performance among TEs. He is averaging 12.5 PPR fantasy points/game which would be a gift to fantasy owners this week with limited options. D/ST –

 

Titans D/ST @ Buf If you started the D/ST playing against the Bills every week this season you’d average 13.5 points/game. This would be good enough for the 2nd best D/ST in the league behind only the Chicago Bears (15 pts/game). The Titans have the 5th highest blitz rate and will be getting to Josh Allen early and often. Allen was sacked 7 times and threw 2 interceptions last week vs Green Bay. Look for the Titans to capitalize on the great matchup.

 

WR – Calvin Ridley at Pittsburgh He’s been the hottest WR over the last two weeks, scoring 5 TDs, 200 yards on 11 receptions. He could be considered a weekly boom or bust but he’s a must start this week against the Steelers defense who is among the leagues worst in covering receivers. You should be riding Ridley’s hot start to the season into week 5, I wouldn’t be surprised to see another big performance from the former Alabama All-Star!

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Top 2 Titans To watch for this Preseason:

#46 Nick Deluca:                                                                                                              Position(s): ILB/TE

Nick Deluca was my favorite player in this years Draft. He is a very instinctive player with the best hands and coverage skills you will ever see in a linebacker.  Where he struggles is getting after the Quarterback and getting physical, he can get canceled out by a lineman easily and needs to work on his pass rushing skills. On the newest Titans depth chart, they have Deluca listed as a backup linebacker as well as a backup Tight End which is puzzling to me, but when you think about Mike Vrabel (Titans New Head Coach) and how he was used over his career, as a Linebacker and a red zone tight end, Coach Vrabel might be trying to make a “Mini Me” out of Deluca using him as a two way player? This kid is a stud and hopefully makes the final roster.

 

#58 Harold Landry:                                                                                                              Position: ROLB/RDE

Harold Landry is being labeled “The Steal Of The Draft” by NFL experts. He was one of the most hyped up players in 2016, leading the Nation in sacks with 16 and having a college season comparative to Von Miller when he was in college! Landry is a quick outside linebacker and defensive end who is being compared to players such as Vic Beasly, Von Miller, and Jamie Collins. He is going to be playing a lot tonight and we will be able to get a good look at what the Titans drafted last April.