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I would of persisted with Zach Mettenberger. They need weapons at WR. They drafted two WR's with one being a taller version of Randy Moss, according to cotton ball mouthed analyst Mike Mayock. The other WR was drafted in the last round.

They needed a CB desperately. I would of traded down from #2, collected some bargaining power with additional picks. A long way home for the Titans. Strategically IMHO, they failed with the #2 being their key. Mariota is a Kaepernick clone according to Mayock. Does he fit the Titans system is the burning Q? Could easily be a bust waiting to happen.
 

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Marcus Mariota has the NFL’s best-selling jersey in May
Posted by Michael David Smith on May 23, 2015, 3:16 PM EDT
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Titans fans are eager to throw their support behind new quarterback Marcus Mariota.

Mariota has the NFL’s best-selling jersey for the month of May, Titans director of finance Stuart Spears told Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.

A study by a sports marketing company also found that Mariota ranks as the 39th most marketable athlete in the world. That may sound rather shocking for a player who hasn’t played a professional game yet, but Mariota was a popular Heisman Trophy winner at Oregon who enters the NFL with a significant fan base. It also helps that Mariota (unlike the only player drafted ahead of him, Jameis Winston) has a squeaky-clean image off the field.

So for now, Mariota is among the NFL’s top stars. But that popularity won’t last long unless he can prove himself on the field.
 

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Marcus Mariota reportedly impressed with his "arm strength and confidence running the offense" at OTAs.

Beat writer Jim Wyatt admits Mariota has been "better than I thought he would out of the gate." Added Wyatt, "He's not yet close to embarrassing himself." It's good news for a quarterback the Titans are pulling out of Oregon's spread offense. Mariota will offer low-end fantasy QB1 upside if the coaching staff builds a system that minimizes his weaknesses and amplifies his strengths. Of course, you could've won a lot of money betting against Ken Whisenhunt the past few years. Whisenhunt is 3-25 over his last 28 games as an NFL head coach.

Source: Nashville Tennessean
 

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Delanie Walker: Titans should be a great team this year
Posted by Josh Alper on June 19, 2015, 9:42 AM EDT
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The Titans are coming off of a 2-14 season, their third straight losing season, and they’re breaking in a rookie quarterback, which usually isn’t a recipe for tremendous success in the coming year.

Tight end Delanie Walker isn’t one for lowering expectations, however. The veteran tight end won’t make any predictions about Super Bowl titles in the near future, but he is willing to share his opinion that the Titans won’t be one of the worst teams in the league in 2015.

“I say we go (at least) .500,” Walker said, via the Tennessean. “I don’t want to make Super Bowl predictions, but we should be a great team.”

Players aren’t going to shrug their shoulders and say that the season is going to be a disaster, but the truth is that the Titans could make a major improvement on the field this year without finishing with a winning record. Despite his proclamation of imminent greatness, Walker, who complained of locker room cancers in 2013, seems to realize that the Titans are going through a process that’s necessary if they are going to become a winner.

“It is early. I sense that we have some playmakers here,” Walker said. “But time will tell how good we should be. I think the makeup of the team has changed. We have a lot of guys in different rooms that can take someone’s spot that was here before. So I think the makeup has changed, and I think guys realize ownership and coaches are not playing anymore.”

A four or five-win improvement over last season and more competitive effort fueled by contributions by young players added to the team in the last couple of years would represent a major step in the right direction for the Titans, although we’ll have to wait for camp and the preseason to get a better idea if that’s a realistic goal for the team in 2015.
 

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Titans owe NFL money, too
Posted by Mike Florio on June 18, 2015, 5:02 PM EDT
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The Titans owe the local government a $3-per-ticket tax for seats sold at a deep discount or given away free to a broker in order to keep a sellout streak alive. And that won’t be the only expense associated with that practice.

The Titans have acknowledged to PFT that they also will be paying to the league the visiting team’s share for any non-premium tickets that were not sold in a way that resulted in the harvesting of that money. It equates to 34 percent of the face value of all tickets, which would be a considerably larger payment that $3 per ticket.

Both the tax payment and the visiting share payment will be made after the team’s internal audit is complete.

The Titans deserve credit for catching this problem on their own; if they hadn’t and someone else had, it could have been a much bigger mess for the franchise.
 

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The Titans continue to insist the team is not for sale.

Rumors have persisted for months, and intensified following the March retirement of CEO Tommy Smith. "We're committed here long term, and we plan on having the team in the family for a long time," were the words of Kenneth Adams IV, the grandson of late owner Bud Adams. Interim president Steve Underwood echoed Adams' words. Despite Underwood's assurances, the sale chatter is likely to continue for as long as "interim" remains in his title. The Titans have lacked a clear leader since Adams' death in 2013.

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Marcus Mariota has reportedly played "mistake-free football" through the first two days of Titans camp.

Dating back to the spring, we've yet to see an explicitly negative practice report on Mariota since the Titans drafted him. This latest report comes via the Titans' website, where new team writer Jim Wyatt states he's been impressed with Mariota's "poise, decision making, and accuracy." The true test for quarterbacks comes in live settings versus pass rush, but by every account Mariota is off to an overwhelmingly positive start.


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Anyone interested in the history of the Houston Oilers or NFL history in general should read http://www.nfl.com/luvyablue which details the halcyon days of the Oilers in the late 70s. A very impressive piece of writing and the article contains some memorable video footage of Earl Campbell on the night he rushed for 199 yards and 4 TDs against the Dolphins on MNF.
 

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The Titans' website believes Bishop Sankey has been the "most impressive running back" in camp, and "shown better instincts" than he did as a rookie.

Sankey has bulked up 6-7 pounds from last season, and writer Jim Wyatt believes it will make him "stronger and more durable." Sankey is battling fifth-rounder David Cobb for chairmanship of Tennessee's inevitable committee. Even if Sankey emerges as the starter, we wouldn't trust him as more than an RB3 to begin the season.
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The Titans' website says the "jury is still out" on fifth-round RB David Cobb.

Cobb had a chance to put real heat on second-year back Bishop Sankey, but hasn't done it through the first week of camp. Cobb's struggles in pass protection aren't surprising for a rookie, but he hasn't been distinguishing himself as a runner. He'll get no shortage of opportunities to do so in the preseason, of course. In-house reporter Jim Wyatt has called Sankey Tennessee's "most impressive running back" this summer.
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ESPN's Paul Kuharsky reports Marcus Mariota's interception-free training camp is not the result of dinking and dunking.

Mariota has completed 77-of-119 passes (64.7 percent) through his first week of camp. Kuharsky says he's simply been "very precise," while defenders have missed a couple of plays. Mariota has reportedly also looked good with his legs. Mariota's excellent start is noteworthy, but what he does in preseason games will be far more important.

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The Titans have begun mixing second-round pick Dorial Green-Beckham into the first-team offense at training camp.

Ideally, Green-Beckham would emerge as the Titans' long-term X receiver to Kendall Wright's Z. "I think it is a reward," WRs coach Shawn Jefferson said of Green-Beckham's promotion. "DGB has shown the ability to pick up on the playbook very well. For a big guy he can run, and he sink his hips, and get out at the top of his routes." It should be noted that Green-Beckham is not a starter yet. He was listed with the third-team offense on the Titans' initial preseason depth chart.

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what were you telling me in the Empire draft? That McBride was the best Titans rookie WR? :cool:


Titans WRs coach Shawn Jefferson said seventh-round rookie Tre McBride remains "raw."

McBride is trying to make the leap to the NFL out of tiny William & Mary. "He is one of these self-made guys who made it on his own, nobody recruited him. So what he does is he reverts back to a lot of the stuff he did at William & Mary, but that is not what we want. He needs to do the details of what we want," Jefferson said. We're still high on McBride's long-term skill set, but a Year 1 impact is highly unlikely.

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Zach Mettenberger completed 7-of-9 passes for 91 yards and a touchdown in the Titans' second preseason game.

Mettenberger looked terrific, standing strong in the pocket and attacking windows in the defense with aggressiveness. His second-quarter touchdown pass to TE Chase Coffman was a beauty, threading the needle between two Rams defenders in the back of the end zone. Mettenberger has starter-quality attributes and could eventually become a trade chip. He's signed cheaply through 2017. Mettenberger is 15-of-20 passing for 220 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception through two preseason games.
 

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Bishop Sankey rushed six times for 45 yards in the Titans' second preseason game Sunday night.

Sankey showed niftiness and burst against the Rams' first-team defense before giving way to rookie David Cobb. Through two exhibition weeks, Sankey has 60 yards on 14 runs (4.29 YPC). Although those covering the team anticipate Cobb ending up with more carries, Sankey continues to hog starter's reps and has operated as the Titans' lead back in each of the first two preseason games. Cobb did mix in with the ones after Sankey was done for the night against St. Louis, but Sankey ultimately outplayed him. This backfield has RBBC written all over it.
 

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Marcus Mariota completed 5-of-8 passes for 59 yards and rushed once for a one-yard gain in the Titans' second preseason game.

Although he generated only one splash play in limited work -- a 35-yard connection to TE Craig Stevens -- Mariota looked cool and composed before giving way to Zach Mettenberger. Mariota should've had a first-half touchdown pass, but it was dropped by third-down back Dexter McCluster. The No. 2 overall draft pick is now 12-of-16 passing for 153 yards, one touchdown, and one pick through two preseason affairs. Coming from the Oregon spread, Mariota has largely operated as a pocket quarterback so far in the exhibition season.
 

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