|Offense||30th||92.8 (25th)||218.9 (25th)|
|Defense||12th||112.3 (17th)||229.9 (7th)|
|Abdesmad, Mehdi||DE||6-6||282||9/28/1991||R||Boston College|
|26||Andrews, Antonio||RB||5-10||225||8/17/1992||3||Western Kentucky|
|31||Aubrey, Josh||DB||5-10||207||4/9/1991||3||Stephen F. Austin St.|
|51||Bass, David||OLB||6-4||256||9/11/1990||4||Missouri Western State|
|41||Blake, Antwon||DB||5-9||198||8/9/1990||5||Texas-El Paso|
|Brutus, Lamarcus||SS||6-0||206||2/10/1993||R||Florida State|
|Byard, Kevin||SAF||5-11||216||8/17/1993||R||Middle Tennessee State|
|Carlson, Samuel||OL||6-4||280||4/30/1993||R||Colorado State|
|Conklin, Jack||T||6-6||325||8/17/1994||R||Michigan State|
|29||Cox, Perrish||CB||6-0||190||1/10/1987||6||Oklahoma State|
|86||Cunningham, Jerome||TE||6-3||250||5/25/1991||2||Southern Connecticut State|
|80||Fasano, Anthony||TE||6-4||255||4/20/1984||11||Notre Dame|
|69||Gallik, Andy||C||6-2||306||9/24/1991||2||Boston College|
|49||Grant, Curtis||LB||6-2||240||12/28/1992||1||Ohio State|
|Johnson, Austin||NT||6-4||323||5/8/1994||R||Penn State|
|90||Jones, DaQuan||DE||6-4||322||12/17/1991||3||Penn State|
|Lathan, Terrell||DE||6-5||280||8/2/1993||R||Texas Christian|
|66||Matias, Josue||G||6-5||309||1/6/1993||1||Florida State|
|16||McBride, Tre||WR||6-0||210||12/1/1992||2||William & Mary|
|91||Morgan, Derrick||OLB||6-3||261||1/6/1989||7||Georgia Tech|
|Okotcha, Bennett||DB||6-0||195||2/7/1993||R||Texas-San Antonio|
|51||Palmer, Nate||LB||6-2||248||9/23/1989||4||Illinois State|
|92||Pitoitua, Ropati||DE||6-8||298||4/6/1985||7||Washington State|
|Reed, Kalan||DB||5-11||195||12/29/1993||R||Southern Mississippi|
|37||Riggs, Cody||CB||5-9||187||12/28/1991||2||Notre Dame|
|1||Riley, Curtis||CB||6-0||189||7/18/1992||2||Fresno State|
|Rosas, Aldrick||K||6-2||195||12/30/1994||R||Southern Oregon|
|21||Searcy, Da'Norris||SS||5-11||207||11/16/1988||6||North Carolina|
|Sims, LeShaun||CB||6-0||203||9/18/1993||R||Southern Utah|
|Smith, Michael||DE||6-4||285||12/18/1992||R||Southern Mississippi|
|60||Spain, Quinton||G||6-4||330||8/7/1991||2||West Virginia|
|51||Spence, Sean||LB||5-11||231||6/7/1990||5||Miami (Fla.)|
|4||Succop, Ryan||K||6-2||218||9/19/1986||8||South Carolina|
|89||Supernaw, Phillip||TE||6-5||248||1/30/1990||3||Ouachita Baptist|
|11||Tanney, Alex||QB||6-4||220||11/11/1987||2||Monmouth (Ill.)|
|82||Walker, Delanie||TE||6-0||248||8/12/1984||11||Central Missouri State|
|38||Webb, B.W.||DB||5-11||190||5/3/1990||4||William & Mary|
|96||Woods, Al||NT||6-4||307||3/25/1987||7||Louisiana State|
|76||Bell, Byron (IR)||T||6-5||340||1/17/1989||6||New Mexico|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
The rookie fullback out of Alabama is a versatile player who can present mismatches for defenses near the goal line, as demonstrated by his two touchdowns this season. Fowler would hold more value if Tennessee's offense could get the ball into scoring position more often, but his lack of touches in general makes him a fringe player in his current role.
New York's offensive line mostly did a solid job of keeping Casey out of their backfield, but the defensive lineman still found a way to make an imprint on the game by being active as a tackler. This performance puts Casey on pace for 53 tackles, which makes sense considering the 26-year-old has recorded between 52 and 55 in three of his first four NFL seasons.
Fasano has topped three catches just once all season. The second-string tight end is consistent if nothing else, as he has finished with between 18 and 26 receiving yards seven times this season.
He was on crutches after the loss to the Browns.
Ken Whisenhunt said Monday that Jamon Meredith, who replaced Warmack after he went down, will continue to start at that position.
Williamson, who started all 16 games last season, is probably ahead of both Spence and Wesley Woodyard on the depth chart at the moment, but he won't be able to afford any slip-ups with three capable options competing for two starting spots in the Titans' 3-4 scheme.
With Jason McCourty on IR and and Blidi Wreh-Wilson ruled out this week, Cox -- who has 12 tackles and a pick in six games to date -- is in line to work at cornerback opposite Coty Sensabaugh in his return to action Thursday.
The offensive players on the list are running back David Fluellen, quarterback Chandler Harnish, wide receivers Ryan Lankford and Josh Lenz, center FN Lutz, tight ends Weslye Saunders and Erik Swoope and guard Josh Walker.
The defensive players let go by Indianapolis are ends Gannon Conway and Tyler Hoover, linebackers Rob Ruggiero, Kelvin Sheppard, Phillip Hunt and Andrew Jackson, safety Dewey McDonald, tackles Brandon McKinney and Nnamdi Obukwelu and cornerback Sheldon Price.
Spence is a special-teams standout who has also started 13 games over the past two seasons, making him a viable alternative should either of Tennesee's 2015 starters at the position struggle early in the new campaign. Woodyard should slot in ahead of Spence on the depth chart if he can stay healthy, but the veteran linebacker can't afford a dip in level at age 29.
McBride's touchdown came with the Titans trailing 34-0 in the fourth quarter, but it was a special moment nonetheless for the seventh-round pick out of William & Mary. He saw increased opportunities after Kendall Wright left the game with a knee injury, and could be in line for extended work if the 3-12 Titans opt to use their Week 17 matchup with the Colts as an opportunity to take a closer look at their younger players.
The Titans trailed 34-0 after three quarters, so a lot of Douglas' production was of the garbage time variety. Still, it was encouraging to see the former Falcon receive 12 targets while fellow wide receivers Kendall Wright, Tre McBride, and Dorial Green-Beckham combined for just nine. Wright left early with a knee injury, and Douglas should once again garner plenty of attention in the passing game should Wright be forced to miss the team's Week 17 contest in Indianapolis.
Jones is eager to showcase why he deserves his starting role, but he's also very aware that the season is a long ways ahead and anything can happen between now and then.
"I'm happy to go into the (OTAs) as a starter, but I know that nothing is set in stone and I know there's plenty of competition for that job," said Jones. "So now I'm just trying to make the most of my opportunity."
Jones, a fourth-round pick last season, played sparingly in the beginning of his rookie year -- appearing in just four of the team's first 13 games. He improved toward the end of the season and got his first start during the last game of the year against the Colts. Jones said he wants to continue to improve and show he can be a force on the defensive line.
"Right now I'm trying to work a lot on my base technique, trying to shed blocks faster and make plays," Jones said. "I'm trying to go into the season and be a playmaker."
This marks Cunningham's third team this calendar year, as the tight end was once waived by the Giants before getting the ax from the Jets on Tuesday. In nine games last season, the Southern Connecticut State product caught just eight passes for 59 yards. Now in Tennessee, Cunningham will provide depth behind Delanie Walker, Anthony Fasano, and Craig Stevens.
The Titans made a huge investment in the running back position this offseason, trading for DeMarco Murray and then drafting Derrick Henry. A second-round bust through two seasons, Sankey will likely have to compete with David Cobb, Antonio Andrews and Dexter McCluster for one or two roster spots. McCluster's receiving ability and general versatility should work in his favor, whereas Sankey, Cobb and Andrews don't really offer anything that the Murray-Henry can't bring to the table.
Cassel brings veteran experience in the locker room, and has proven capable of holding his own at the NFL level in the past. The soon-to-be 34-year-old got a nice early birthday present with Mettenberger's departure, especially since Mariota did miss four games last year due to injury.
After popping up on the injury report Saturday, he'll see time on the field behind Delanie Walker and Anthony Fasano. On the season, Supernaw has only been on the field for 65 snaps, and he's caught three passes for 32 yards.
Lewan will enter the season as the team's starting left tackle, and he will have to improve his play both in order to protect likely starter Marcus Mariota and lift a run game that rushed for 100 yards or less in 12 games.
"I know what to expect now in year two," Lewan said. "I know the things I have to do to be successful, at least more than what I did last year. My job isn't necessarily telling guys what to do, but try and win every single sprint, try and lift the most weight, do the best in my blocking techniques. If anybody wants to be a leader, I think that is where you start."
Woods is coming off the most productive season of his career, as he played in all 16 games for the first time in four seasons. He picked up 16 tackles and two sacks, the latter of which represents a career-high for the 26-year-old.
Palmer started 10 games at inside linebacker last season, registering 68 tackles for the Packers. However, with then-rookie Jake Ryan eventually taking his starting gig, and fellow linebacker Sam Barrington slated to return this season, Palmer became more expendable, even if his position is still one the Packers will likely address in the draft.
Orakpo's performance in recent weeks has validated Tennessee's offseason investment in him. The former Redskin now has five sacks in his last four contests to lead an underrated Titans defensive unit.
With Kendall Wright presumably manning the slot and offseason acquisition Rishard Matthews expected to handle one starting job on the outside, Green-Beckham will likely compete with Harry Douglas and (maybe) Justin Hunter (ankle) for the other starting spot. The competition isn't exactly fierce, and Green-Beckham showed flashes of his immense talent late last season, topping 100 yards two times in a three-week span. While a clear favorite to start, DGB does have serious competition for touches/targets, as the Titans also have an impressive tight end in Delanie Walker, and they've made no secret of their desire to establish a power running game with DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry. With so many first or second-year players and new acquisitions, the Tennessee offense will bear close watching throughout training camp and the preseason.
Wright started strong, accruing more than half of his season yardage and two of his three scores in the first three weeks. Various maladies significantly limited his effectiveness the rest of the season, though, and Wright finished with career-low totals in yards and games played. Wright will be returning to the Titans for a fifth year, and he and fantasy owners alike are surely hoping that better health allows the receiver to re-create the early-season chemistry he showed with quarterback Marcus Mariota.
Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick consistently picked on Webb over Tennessee's other corners, so the high number of tackles was a result of consistently getting beaten by receivers rather than some positive revelation from Webb. Don't be surprised if Webb quickly fades back into obscurity.
It appears the Titans found a steal in the fifth round this offseason, as Sharpe continues to prove that his incredibly productive time at Massachusetts was no fluke. The wiry rookie is still fighting an uphill battle to earn significant playing time among a deep Titans receiving corps, but he's quickly closing the gap on expected leading options Kendall Wright, Dorial Green-Beckham and Rishard Matthews.
With Wreh-Wilson out and Jason McCourty now on IR, the Titans' secondary is banged up in advance of Thursday's game, but fortunately for the team, fellow cornerback Perrish Cox is back in the mix this week, after sitting out Week 10's action.
Matthews caught 43 passes for 662 yards and four touchdowns in 2016 with Miami. That would have led the Titans in receiving last season, as Dorial Green-Beckham led Tennessee's wide receiving corps in yards with 549 (tight end Delanie Walker caught 94 passes for 1,088 yards as the top overall target). Look for him to take a major role in Tennessee's passing offense.
The details of Stevens' contract have yet to be revealed, but the blocking tight end will be returning to the Titans for his ninth season. He hauled in 12 receptions for 121 yards and two touchdowns last season. Stevens isn't generally a factor in fantasy formats due to the presence of better pass catching options such as Delanie Walker at tight end.
One of six players to notch at least 75 tackles and 11 passes defended last season, Blake will take his talents from Pittsburgh to Tennessee, where he'll join forces with fellow cornerbacks Perrish Cox and Brice McCain. In addition to the aforementioned production, Blake recorded two touchdowns (including one pick-six), one sack, and one forced fumble across 16 games.
Hunter's lack of focus has often been blamed for the physically gifted receiver's inability to make a major impact since being drafted 34th overall in 2013, but he'll have to put up or shut up with his deal set to expire after this coming season. He'll need to beat out experienced vets like Kendall Wright and Harry Douglas, as well as young up-and-comers like Dorial Green-Beckham and Tajae Sharpe to make an impact for the Titans, but it seems like coach Mike Mularkey is willing to at least give the talented wideout the opportunity to do so. The rest is up to Hunter.
The club will also have A.J. Bouye, Akeem Dent, Tim Jamison, Damaris Johnson, Ben Jones, Johnathan Joseph, Shane Lechler, Derek Newton, Ryan Pickett, Eddie Pleasant, D.J. Swearinger and Jeff Tarpinian available for the contest. All 12 players were listed as probable entering the game.
Quarterback Charlie Whitehurst will make his second straight start.
Per the report, the cornerback's deal carries a base value of $4.4 million, with a maximum worth of $5 million. The addition of McCain bolsters the Titans' depth at cornerback behind starters Jason McCourty and Perrish Cox. The 29-year-old is coming off a 2015 season in which he recorded 39 tackles and a pick in 14 games for the Dolphins, including 11 starts.
McCourty missed 12 contests during 2015 with a sports hernia injury that required a pair of surgeries. He is assuredly Tennessee's best cover corner, and his return should only improve a secondary that allowed the seventh-fewest passing yards per game in 2015. Parrish Cox and Brice McCain will be in competition for the starting CB job opposite McCourty.
A 2015 fifth-round draft pick, Cobb had a shot to earn a significant role as a rookie, but he was ultimately derailed by injuries and perhaps poor conditioning. His skill set as a power runner now appears redundant on the Titans roster, after the team acquired DeMarco Murray and second-round rookie Derrick Henry in the offseason. Cobb is thus left to battle with Antonio Andrews and Bishop Sankey for what will likely be one roster spot, if that. Dexter McCluster, as a passing-down specialist, appears to be the best roster fit alongside Murray and Henry. If he doesn't make the team in Tennessee, Cobb could still draw interest from other organizations before the season begins. There's also always a shot injuries could open things up for him with the Titans.
Walker led the Titans and all NFL tight ends in receptions last season, turning 94 catches into 1,088 receiving yards and six touchdowns, a performance that earned him a trip to the 2015 Pro Bowl. Tennessee appears to be embracing a ground-and-pound philosophy, adding Derrick Henry to a backfield that already included DeMarco Murray, but Walker will likely remain the team's top aerial threat in 2016-17.
Earlier Friday, FOX Sports 1 reported that Orakpo agreed to a four-year, $32 million deal with the Titans. Orakpo was the 13th overall pick in the 2009 draft and made Pro Bowls in 2009, 2010 and 2013.
Morgan re-signed with the Titans on a four-year, $30 million deal, according to CBSSports.com NFL Insider Jason La Canfora. The Titans took him 16th overall in the 2010 draft.
Fasano caught 25 passes for 226 yards and four touchdowns with the Chiefs a year ago. After five years with the Chiefs, Succop hit 19 of 22 on field goals and a perfect 27 of 27 on extra points in his first year with the Titans in 2014.
Klug, a fifth-round pick in 2011, re-signed with the Titans to a long-term deal. In four seasons with Tennessee, he's recorded 101 tackles, 14.5 sacks and four forced fumbles.
The Bears are 6-point underdogs for Sunday's game.
Succop once again fell victim to the Titans' offensive ineptitude, as they failed to get in scoring position until the fourth quarter. When Tennessee finally scored their first points of the game in the final two minutes, they opted to go for 2 with the game well out of reach. The seventh-year kicker out of South Carolina has attempted just 15 field goals and 28 extra points despite playing in all 15 games for the Titans so far this season.
Both players came into the game listed as questionable. Wright is dealing with a hand injury. Walker has a knee issue. Both players will attempt to play through their injuries.
The team will also have Byron Stingily and Kamerion Wimbley. Both Stingily and Wimbley were listed as questionable. Daimion Stafford, who came into the contest listed as probable, will also be available.
A previous report said Mariota played at 210 pounds as a rookie, but it turns out he was actually closer to 220. He now checks in at 225, hoping that the slight increase will help him stay healthy for 16 games. Despite finishing with a surprisingly low total of 34 carries (for 252 yards and 2 TDs) in 12 appearances, Mariota took a lot of hits last season while playing behind a shaky offensive line. The Titans responded by heavily investing in their offense during the offseason, notably adding RB DeMarco Murray, WR Rishard Matthews and C Ben Jones, then using early draft picks to select OT Jack Conklin (eighth overall) and RB Derrick Henry (45th). The team clearly plans to run the ball much more often than it did last season, but any drop in Mariota's passing volume should be offset by improved efficiency, increased rushing production and/or a bump in scoring opportunities. It would also help his cause if the team were generally more competitive, as last season's lack of carries may have partially resulted from the Titans' desire to avoid a serious injury to their franchise centerpiece during a clear rebuilding year. With the roster now decent enough to at least dream of a playoff appearance, Mariota should get to deploy his 4.52 speed a bit more often.
Despite missing two games last year due to an ankle injury, Johnson put up solid numbers at safety for the Cardinals, amassing 61 tackles (50 solo) and five interceptions. With the Cardinals appearing disinterested in re-signing their safety during the offseason due to age concerns, the 30-year-old safety will likely battle with former fourth-round pick Marqueston Huff for the starting free safety spot in what amounts to a "prove-it" type deal.
McCluster's receiving ability and elusiveness out of the backfield differentiate him from more traditional options like David Cobb or Antonio Andrews. While Murray and Henry will likely get the lion's share of touches, the diminutive running back should still see the field in a change-of-pace role similar to the one he played in 2015.
A third-round selection in the 2012 NFL Draft, Spence emerged as a key backup for the Steelers the past two seasons, recording 90 combined tackles in 2014 and 2015. He should help on special teams in Tennessee, and he may even compete with Wesley Woodyard for a starting spot alongside Avery Williamson.
Morgan underwent season-ending surgery in December after he suffered a torn labrum in October. He will continue to rehab his shoulder in the meantime and it will become increasingly clear as the offseason progresses whether or not he'll be able to participate in OTAs in May.
Less than a week after signing Andrews to a one-year extension, the Titans made a move that promises to significantly limit his playing time. Andrews rushed for 520 yards and three touchdowns while splitting time with Bishop Sankey, Dexter McCluster and David Cobb last season, but he doesn't figure to approach those totals as long as Murray stays healthy.
Turzilli remains eligible to participate in all of the Titans' offseason and preseason activities, but will be sidelined for the first quarter of the coming campaign. As a depth wide receiver, Turzilli's suspension surely doesn't help his chances of making Tennessee's roster this term.
Meanwhile, offensive tackle Taylor Lewan (ankle), quarterback Zach Mettenberger (shoulder), tackle Michael Oher (toe), cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson (back) and wide receiver Kendall Wright (hand) were all deemed as questionable.
Murray was assured by coach Mike Mularkey in the wake of the pick that he will still be the team's workhorse running back, and it's tough not to believe him considering the Titans just traded for the 28-year-old and his $6,000,000 salary this offseason. Henry put up gaudy rushing totals playing behind an overpowering Alabama offensive line last season, but it looks like he'll have to settle for a secondary role as a rookie unless Murray slips up.
Kern, 29, began his career with the Broncos before joining the Titans in 2009. He holds multiple franchise records including gross punting average (44.9 yards) and net punting average (40.0).
He finished fifth in the NFL in gross punting average in 2015 with a mark of 46.8 yards. Kern was set to be a free agent on Tuesday had the Titans not re-signed him.
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