Tennessee Titans

AFC South

2014 Schedule

  • Week 1

    TEN @ KC

    09/07/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 2

    DAL @ TEN

    09/14/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 3

    TEN @ CIN

    09/21/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 4

    TEN @ IND

    09/28/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 5

    CLE @ TEN

    10/05/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 6

    JAC @ TEN

    10/12/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 7

    TEN @ WAS

    10/19/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 8

    HOU @ TEN

    10/26/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 9

    bye

  • Week 10

    TEN @ BAL

    11/09/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 11

    PIT @ TEN

    11/17/14

    8:30 pm

  • Week 12

    TEN @ PHI

    11/23/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 13

    TEN @ HOU

    11/30/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 14

    NYG @ TEN

    12/07/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 15

    NYJ @ TEN

    12/14/14

    4:00 pm

  • Week 16

    TEN @ JAC

    12/18/14

    8:30 pm

  • Week 17

    IND @ TEN

    12/28/14

    1:00 pm

PYRO Fantasy Depth Chart

The PYRO Fantasy Football Depth Chart is a rundown of where Team PYRO projects the fantasy production for each team at each position. It is NOT an attempt to inform you of the current starters for each team. For example, we are well aware that Brandon Manumaleuna is currently the starting TE for the Chicago Bears, but if you look at the Bears Team Page, we have Greg Olsen listed at TE. Why? We’re projecting that Greg Olsen will be the most Fantasy Football relevant TE for the Bears this season. Since Olsen will be the Bears leading FF point scorer at TE, it’s his name at the top of the TE column on our PYRO Fantasy Depth Chart.

Tennessee Titans - 2014 Preseason #FF Preview

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Tennessee Titans - 2014 Preseason #FF Preview


 


 


 


 


 


I said it after last year: “I’ve made up my mind, I ain’t wasting no more time”… with Jake Locker.


 


 


 


 







 


 


 


And yet, another fantasy football season is upon us, and Jake Locker is picked as a potential sleeper again. Granted, he has shown flashes. But let’s face it, the guy has played in 23 games out of a possible 48. Using my abacus here, I have determined that is not even 50%. In fact, Locker has only 18 total starts. Granted, he is the quintessential high risk, high reward guy. In three years, he has a career 57.2 completion percentage. His has thrown a total of 22 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. In that time, his highest fantasy rank at QB is #28. So, what has changed? Well, there are a few things that make him look a bit more appealing in 2014. For starters, it is a contract year. Look, guys perform when money is on the line, and here is a guy that needs a big year if he wants to make those ends. Also, he now has Ken Whisenhunt as his head coach. Last year, many attributed Rivers resurgence to Whisenhunt’s influence. The question remains, can he have the same impact on Locker? Only time will tell. Locker is currently going undrafted and can be had off the waiver wire if Whisenhunt’s wizardry seems to be working.


 


 




Part of Jake’s appeal this season is what he has around him.


 


 




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Okay, wrong Jake, but Locker has two wide receivers that have been garnering a great deal of attention. To begin with, the highest ranked fantasy WR on the Titans is Kendall Wright. Pyro has him tiered with guys like Brandin Cooks, Golden Tate, and Erik Decker. To be honest, I think I would take all of them over Wright. He only had two games that went over 100 yards last season. Before you say anything, I realize Tate had exactly the same amount, but Tate is now playing with Matthew Stafford. I do love Wright in PPR leagues. Last year, Wright got 140 targets, secured 94 of those for catches and amazingly had only 2 TDs. I have said this before and I will say it again, TDs are not predictable. But, there is no way a guy getting this much action will be held to only two TDs again. Looking at the top 50 fantasy WR from 2013, no other payer was less dependent on touchdowns for his fantasy value. In fact, touchdowns only accounted for 10% of the guy’s total fantasy worth, and he still ended up as the 31st ranked fantasy receiver. Give the guy just three more scores and he would have cracked the top 20 last year. Pyro has given him a preseason rank of 28 amongst WRs. Going with a My cousin Vinny quote: I think that a 28th ranking is about “dead on balls accurate, it’s an industry term”. As of the end of August, Wright is going in the 8th round in 12 team leagues.


 


 


 


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I realize I already took a nose dive by starting this preview off with a White Snake video, but HEY, sometimes you have to roll the dice. I am going to try and right this ship by giving you two of my favorites rolled into one video. Here is Levon Helm signing “Tennessee Jed” on Letterman.


 




 







 


 


 


One of my favorite Robert Hunter songs is the segue into another Hunter: Justin Hunter. Pyro likes him as a sleeper candidate. In fact, many people are keeping their eyes on this kid. He causes a mismatch with most any defender.  He is a freak. The guy is 6”4’, runs a 4.36 and has a 39.5’ vertical leap. With just 18 receptions in his rookie season in 2013, he doubled Wright’s TD totals with 4. Even though the kid only caught passes in 8 games, he put up at least 100 yards twice. If you want Hunter, you have to pay a price. His late August ADP has him going in the late 9th early 10th rounds for 12 team leagues. Pyro puts him two tiers below Wright in their final preseason collective tiers. He is joined with high up-side guys like Kenny Stills, and Mike Evans, just to name a few from that tier. Unquestionably, these young guys have that “it” factor. In Whisenhunt’s offense, I can easily see two receivers becoming fantasy gems. In fact, Hunter might have a higher ceiling than Wright, but certainly has not shown the consistency. At that point in the draft, I would weight drafting him with my other receivers. If I have a couple of those high ceiling/ low floor guys, I would stay away. If I find myself with some Reggie Wayne type players, than Hunter is exactly the type of guy I would be targeting in those later rounds.


 




Finally, we round off the Titans passing game with tight end, Delanie Walker. Last year was his 8th season in the league. He is a late bloomer even by tight end standards. His 2013 campaign saw career highs in most statistical categories. He ended the year with 571 yards from 60 receptions and totaled 6 touchdowns. Walker finished as the 12th best fantasy tight end. As Houdini says, career year beware. I would wager last year’s numbers are his ceiling. With the depth of talent at the position this year, I do not think his numbers will find him near the top 12 in 2014. Pyro has him rated as #20 for their final preseason ranking. I dropped him in my dynasty league last week, no one made a move to pick him up on the waiver wire. Now, once the season starts, that might be a different story, there are just too many guys with similar ceilings and there are several potential break-out candidates at the position this year.


 




If you have been listening to the Fantasy Fire podcast, then you know Houdini loves him some Bishop Sankey. Pyro likes this rookie above all others. In fact, Sankey is placed in the high 20’s for running backs. Some other guys in that collective tier are Toby Gerhart, Chris Johnson, Pierre Thomas. If you want to find out who else goes in that tier, check out the podcast episode 26: show 139. The boys dive into their collective tiers.


 


 



 


 


The bottom line is this: Tennessee has the 8th best rushing schedule this year. Plus, Bishop Sankey has the fastest path to RB#1 out of any rookie in the NFL.  I generally use one or two sites for my ADP references. I checked a few others on this one. Sankey is undoubtedly the highest ranked rookie running back out there. On average, as of the end of August, the guy is going in the late 5th round to early 6th round, in 12 team leagues. In mock drafts I have done, I have had no problem taking him in the 5th, and would not mind the 4th, depending on who is out there. In his three years at the University of Washington, his lowest yards per carry average was 5.0. In his final season, his average was 5.7. In that same year, he accumulated 1,870 rushing yards and score 20 times. Oh yeah, he is a dual threat, he scored another 6 TDs off receptions, there were only three games his last year he did not catch a pass. Out of 13 total games his final season, he crossed the end zone in every single contest. He went for over for over 90 yards rushing in all but two games. Finally, the biggest sign that points to Sankey starting sooner than any other rookie running back is quite simply, the guy in front of him: Shonn Greene. In fact, Greene is being taken after Sankey in all of the ADPs I checked. While I like many a rookie this year. If you listened to the PPR podcast, you know my love for Terrance West (even if my wife does not). While I still like West over Tate, I think Tate will have a longer leash.  There’s also Carlos Hyde, but the 49er’s are in no rush to sit Gore down. Comparing  all of the situations out there, Sankey is sitting pretty. This is a huge reason he cracks my preseason top 20.


 


 




So, Shonn Green is the only thing really standing in the guy’s way. Let me ask you this: How many of you even drafted Shonn Greene on you fantasy teams in the past, let alone, would give him the keys to the organization as RB#1? That is plum crazy, and I know crazy.


 











 


 




Green came into the league in 2009. Just to keep Houdini happy, I will give him his props. When he went to Iowa, he was chewing up yardage. He was the Big Ten player of the year in 2008. In fact, he was the only RB in the FBS to rush for at least 100 yards in every game that year. However, once he made it to the NFL, he struggled a bit. His two most productive years were 2011 and 2012 were he finished as 18th and 15th ranked fantasy running back respectively. If you look a little closer, you will see his yards per carry average has decreased in almost every season. In 2009 it was 5.0, then 4.1, to 4.2, down to 3.9, and finally 3.8 as of last year. In 2013, he was in a complimentary role to Chris Johnson, Green only carried the mail 77 times. After Chris Johnson was released last year and signed by the Jets, the Titans were faced with a telling decision. If they were confident in Greene’s skills, then why take him as the first running back selected in the 2014 draft, especially considering their weakness at other positions? The Titans were in need of a corner back after they lost pro bowler Alterraun Verner. Also, with their woes at quarterback, many speculated they were going to grab a QB, but with a lack of talent at the position, it was not a sure thing. They ended up with Mettenberger in the 6th round. Out of all their needs, they turned to the running back position first. You know Green can’t get the job done, I know it, and obviously, the Titans executives knew it and showed their hand when they picked Sankey. Shonn Green will likely be used in a complimentary role, but sooner rather than later, Sankey’s talent will out weigh any inexperience he has shown. I still like West for his pure talent, but he may not get a chance to really put up some numbers until later in the season, Sankey, through sheer volume of work, could become the highest scoring fantasy rookie running back this year.


 




 







 


 


 


 


 

 


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Earl Christian Campbell

Earl Christian Campbell (born March 29, 1955), and began playing football in the fifth grade as a kicker, but by the sixth grade, he was moved to running back. In 1973, he led the John Tyler High School to a Texas 4A State Championship, then moved on to play for the University of Texas.



Campbell put up amazing stats in college, and was awarded for his achievements. In 1975 he was named All-American. In 1977, he won the Heisman, he became the first recipient of the Davey O'Brien Memorial Trophy, which was awarded for the best player in the now defunct Southwest Conference. A consensus All-American in 1977, due to Campbell rushing for 1,744 yards and leading the nation. When he played his final game for the Longhorns, he finished with 4,444 career rushing yards. This led him to be the first pick overall in the NFL Draft by the Houston Oilers. He signed for a six-year, $1.4 million dollar contract.



In his first year, he was unstoppable. On 302 rushing attempts he gained 1,450 yards and 13 touchdowns. He was named the Offensive Rookie of the Year, and the NFL Offensive Player of the Year. Campbell's greatness came from his ability to mix speed and power. He would plow over anyone, then go the distance. His Houston Oilers playing days (1978-1985) he carried the rock 1,979 times for 8,574 yards and 73 touchdowns. In 1979 earned him All-Pro, Pro-Bowl, and NFL Offensive Player of the Year honors, the second of three consecutive seasons he led the league in rushing, and only Jim Brown previously accomplished that feat. Campbell led the NFL in rushing for the 1978, 1979, 1980 seasons. His nearly 2,000 carries in just seven seasons wrecked his longevity as a pro. Part way through the 1984 season he was traded to the New Orleans Saints. He played just a season and a half in New Orleans, and had just one touchdown on 208 carries for 833 yards. During the preseason of 1986, Earl Campbell retired, citing that his body could not go through any more punishment, and it was time to hang up the cleats.



Five years later on July 27, 1991 he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. In 1999, he was ranked number 33 on the Sporting News list of 100 Greatest Football Players, he was also ranked #12 on ESPN's Top 25 players in College Football History.



Campbell is widely known as being one of the best power backs in NFL history. He would love to punish anyone getting in his way, by using his 34 inch thighs. and his wrecking ball 5'11, 244 pound frame. Slow? try a 4.5 in the 40 yard dash, this combination made him one of the most feared runners of his era. The University of Texas in 2006, unveiled a nine foot statue of honor of his Texas playing days, and in 2013 the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, given to the best running back with ties to Texas.



Due to his consistent punishment on the football field, Campbell has trouble walking and sometimes will request a wheelchair. Campbell has developed severe arthritis in his knees, and aggravating back pain. He has had surgery to try to relieve the back pain, by having the surgical doctor remove three large bone spurs. Earl is still a prominent business man living in Austin, Texas and still participates in Texas athletics. He has his own meat company, which manufactures and sells Earl Campbell's Smoked Sausage, barbecue sauce, and he also owned a restaurant called the Earl Campbell's Lone Star BBQ, but sadly closed in 2001.


 


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http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/C/CampEa00.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earl_Campbell
http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=3086827

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WARREN MOON + RUN & SHOOT = MAGIC

 


the first black qb - warren moon and the run and shoot


Warren Moon was the starting quarterback for the Houston Oilers from 1984-1993. He would put up decent numbers in his first six seasons, but only had a win loss record of 35-49. In 1990 Moon was paired with Jack Pardee, Kevin Gilbride and the Run & Shoot offense, which maxed out his abilities, and led to four straight winning seasons and a quarterback record of 44-26.

The Run & Shoot was an offense that was first conceived by Glenn “Tiger” Ellison during the 1960’s in Middletown Ohio. His offense averaged scoring a touchdown one of every ten plays, and his squad scored 98 points in a game.  The Philosophy of the Run  & Shoot is to run a ball control offense utilizing high percentage pass plays. The offense was not the Air Coryell offense that threw bombs; rather the Run & Shoot was a precision offense that utilized four wide receivers.  

The Run & Shoot needed to have the right personnel in order to run effectively. The first and most important component is the quarterback. The quarterback must be an accurate passer, as well as be athletic enough to throw on the run in the offenses many rollouts.  The next component is at least four receivers, as the offense usually employs four receiver sets. The running back in the offense was a lone back, so the teams running this offense did not need fullbacks, and rarely used the tight end. The offense moved the receivers in motion all over the offense, and each receiver had up to four different routes that they could run, which gave the quarterback essentially 16 different routes to choose from. The quarterback would need to be able to diagnose the defense he was facing, and then it became easy to find the open receiver in the offense.   
 
Jack Pardee was head coach at the University of Houston from 1987-1989, and he employed the Run & Shoot offense to great success. His offense produced Andre Ware, who was the first African American quarterback to ever win the Heisman Trophy. Pardee’s Houston Cougars became the first team in NCAA history to have over 1,000 yards of total offense, totaling 1,021 in a 95-21 trouncing of SMU, Southern Methodist University. Pardee’s success with the Cougars drew the attention of the Oilers, and in 1990 he was hired and installed the Run & Shoot for Warren Moon.

In 1990 Warren Moon was coming off his best season in the NFL. In 1989 Moon threw for 3,631 yards with 23 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. He completed 60% of his passes, which was the best mark of his career. Pardee knew Warren was the perfect man to run his offense, because he had the right personnel around him. The Oilers had a wealth of talent at wide receiver with Ernest Givens, Haywood Jeffires, Curtis Duncan, Drew Hill (1990-1991) and Webster Slaughter (1992-1993). From 1990-1993 all of these receivers enjoyed success, and most of all, so did Warren Moon. 

Warren Moon’s Receivers during the Run & Shoot era:

           Givens        Jeffires        Duncan       Hill            Slaughter
1990    72-979-9    74-1048-8   66-785-1    74-1019-5    
1991    70-996-5    100-1181-7 55-588-4    90-1109-4
1992    67-787-10  90-913-9     82-954-1                     39-486-4
1993    68-887-4    66-753-6     41-456-3                     77-904-5
    

Moon had his best statistical season in 1990. He threw for 4,689 yards, which is over 1,000 more than his career high set the year before. #1 also threw for 33 touchdowns with only 13 interceptions. Moon completed 62% of passes and was named to his third consecutive pro bowl. The following season Warren would keep the pedal to the metal, throwing for 4,690 yards with 23 touchdowns and 21 interceptions. The NFL had not seen back to back passing seasons like #1 dropped on them, and he gave the Run & Shoot legitimacy. Moon would lead the Oilers to three straight playoff appearances from 1991-1993, but their struggles in the playoffs led to the media slamming the Run & Shoot offense as a gimmick. It also did not help that their defensive coordinator, Buddy Ryan, was also a major detractor of the offense. 

During his four seasons quarterbacking the Oilers and the Run & Shoot offense, Warren Moon had a 44-26 regular season record. What he did throwing the ball was even more impressive. In 70 games Moon threw for 15,385 yards, with 95 touchdowns and 67 interceptions. Moon completed 61% of his passes, 1,293 of 2,105 attempted. Those numbers may not seem great by the standards of today’s NFL, but they were amongst the best passing numbers of his era.

The Run & Shoot is no longer employed in the NFL, but the many of philosophies of the offense are still alive. In the NFL of today quarterbacks are throwing the ball more than ever. Teams are utilizing four or more options on passing plays, which was a main component of the Run & Shoot. Receivers are also able to change their patterns to take advantage of the defenses they are facing. If you look at the Chicago Bears and San Diego Chargers offense, you see the short high percentage passes that were paramount in the Run & Shoot.   

Looking back there is no doubt that the Houston Oilers had the right personnel to employ the Run & Shoot, and they were also the most successful team to use it. Warren Moon was the main cog that made the Run & Shoot work in Houston, and it also allowed Warren to shot for the moon when it came to his stats. Houston had a tremendous amount of talent at wide receiver, and with Warren Moon leading the way were one of the most enjoyable offenses to watch on a weekly basis.


 







 







 


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Hunting upstart

Justin Hunter finished the preseason finishing second in the league in receiving yardage with 217 yards (21.7 per catch). Outside of that, in the real world, where it counts, he has fallen flat in the two regular season games.

Hunter has been targeted just 14 times and has made only five receptions. Locker's quarterback rating when throwing to Hunter is 58.3 according to Pro Football Focus, which ranks 63rd in the NFL among receivers who've played at least a quarter of their team's snaps. Coach Ken Whisenhunt explained: "I've never placed an emphasis on targets and completions," Whisenhunt went on to say, "I don't even pay attention to targets. We're working to try to get guys open and the quarterbacks go through their reads."

Pyro's take: For the Titans to get more of an explosion going on in their offense, there must be more of a need to have Jake Locker and Justin Hunter connect on more passes. Hunter isnt going to be a high volume guy, but is needed to stop a defense from crowding the line of scrimmage.

Look for more attempts out of Locker to go deep with Hunter, as this is a vital part of the offense, and a great way to kill a defense.

09/16/14, 01:26 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.tennessean.com

Sankey getting known for being a fumbler

The sight of rookie running back Bishop Sankey running laps around the Titans' practice field has become too common for the team's liking at training camp.

Sankey, a second-round pick, runs a lap every time he fumbles during practice.

Sankey mishandled a fourth-quarter handoff from Zach Mettenberger, resulting in a turnover at the Titans' 30.

"I'm impressed with a lot of the things about Bishop, but he's a rookie, and a lot of things that are causing these problems are things that he needs time with and he's got to get better at — whether it's footwork, whether it's how he's taking the balls on handoffs, understanding the protections," coach Ken Whisenhunt said, noting that Sankey missed the first nine OTAs because of school commitments.

"He missed a lot of time. He's a smart young man, but some of those things, you need to work with. He's got to continue to get those things, because there's no question he's a talented player."

Pyro's take: This is bad news for the rookie, but there is a silver lining. Shonn Greene re-aggravated the knee injury that suffered last season and had scoped twice.

There is no doubt if Bishop continues to cough up the ball, he will be sitting on the bench, but the Titans don't have any real depth to threaten him losing a lot of carries. The next running back on the depth chart is Dexter McCluster who has 20 carries over the previous two seasons. The dark horse candidate is fellow rookie Antonio Andrews. Antonio is off to a stellar start through two preseason games with five carries for three yards.

Bishop you need to tighten your game up. I have been hyping you all off-season. You should take the approach Tiki Barber used when Tom Coughlin changed his form, that I just saw on a Football Life of the Barbers. Hold the ball vertical, and don't fumble.

08/18/14, 10:45 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.tennessean.com

Hunter labeled a JAG by Whisenhunt

During the week, Tennessee Titans wide receiver Justin Hunter was given a new nameplate on the back of his practice jersey, and it wasn't one that was a compliment.

Hunter's No. 15 jersey had the letters "J A G" spaced out across the back above the number. That stood for the old NFL saying, "Just Another Guy," a label Hunter earned from coach Ken Whisenhunt, who called him out in a meeting for not correctly running a route.

Receivers coach Shawn Jefferson had the equipment manager make the jersey, and Hunter had to wear it for two days in practice.

In Friday night's game against the New Orleans Saints, however, Hunter worked to shed the label, with two touchdowns among his four catches for 111 yards. He caught a 64-yard TD from Zach Mettenberger as one of those scores.

"It's hanging in his locker, I don't think he'll have it out at practice -- maybe as a little reminder for him. He definitely was not a JAG last night," Whisenhunt said.

Pyro's take: Justin Hunter is a player who a ton of potential, and head coach Ken Whisenhunt is doing his best to bring the best out of the second year receiver. Hunter only had 18 receptions last season, although he did average 19.7 YPC. In order for the Titans to be a threat this season they will need Justin to be a hunter and not a gatherer. With young players it is important to find the right way to motivate them, and it looks like Whisenhunt's method is working for Hunter.

08/17/14, 02:54 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.wptz.com

No sinking Sankey

Pre-season week one saw the running backs taking shape. Shonn Greene got the start followed by Dexter McCluster, and then finally rookie Bishop Sankey took the field. The spotlight turned quickly on him, because for the Titans he needs to be their main ball carrier, as he is more well-rounded than both Greene and McCluster. Sankey finished with 37 yards on 13 carries and 38 yards on three catches. He turned one short catch into a 23-yard gain and another one into a 5-yard touchdown.

The negative aspects of Sankey's game is what hampers most rookies, the ability to block. It's a daily effort to "sharpen up on those things" while also getting more comfortable as an NFL runner, Sankey said. He is also has a hard time with his footwork and getting his feet set correctly when receiving a hand-off. "It falls on me and it's going back to the details," Sankey said. "That stuff is unacceptable, and definitely something I have to get corrected as quickly as possible."

Even with that said, the Titans brass are very supportive of Sankey. Ken Whisenhunt has stated of Sankey, "This offense has to do it collectively, and make the splash plays that C.J. made. But we believe in him, and what we have seen so far, we like what we see."

Pyro's take: Bishop Sankey is clearly the most talented as this seems to be a three-headed rushing attack. Greene will most likely get the short yardage and end zone looks, as McCluster will be on passing downs, but as soon as Sankey can learn to improve his game, the quicker his role will grow. He is a non-reachable player for your fantasy team, and should be treated that way. He is good for a high-upside 4th running back or a low three.



08/13/14, 04:02 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.tennessean.com

Wright asked to lose weight and run tighter routes

Wright will be expected to adapt not only to a more disciplined approach to route-running, but also to a more disciplined approach at the buffet table, where coaches hope to trim his weight to increase his speed.

"We've asked him to do what this offense dictates, and he's done that very well," coach Ken Whisenhunt said. "I've been very impressed with Kendall, how he goes about his business. He's changed since when we first got in here, and I'm really excited to see what he's going to do for us this year.

"He's matured a little bit. I think we've put more responsibility on him. I can't compare it (to last year), because I don't know (how he was) before. But I've asked him to do some things, and he's responded well."

Pyro's take: Wright had a great season last year, catching 94 passes for 1,079 yards, but only two touchdowns. Under Ken Whisenhunt Kendall is going to be asked to be more precise in his routes, something he was not asked to do last season. If he makes the adjustment, which I am confident that he will, Wright should have a much more prolific season in 2014.

07/31/14, 10:55 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.tennessean.com

Possible Tennessee committee

According to Jim Wyatt for the "Tenneessean" the Titans back-field could become a committee approach. The candidates are Bishop Sankey, Shonn Greene, and Dexter McCluster. Also involved, are Leon Washington, Jackie Battle, and rookies Wayman James and Antonio Andrews.

The major spotlight is going to be on Sankey, Greene, and McCluster. The Titans like Battle as a full-back due to his all-around skills.

If the Titans do hold on to Greene, who did not play well last year, is now injured, and will be due $2.3 million if he remains with the team, but they are impressed with his goal-line attributes.

Pyro's take: This is Sankey's job, unless he shows he isnt capable. Dexter McCluster, Shonn Greene are not viable threats, as each are more of a specialtist type of player. The Titans have noted they want to be a running back-by-committee, but I just dont see that happening, draft Sankey as you see fit, and just oversee how the Titans are planning to use their weapons.

07/22/14, 04:21 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.tennessean.com

Wright back at Baylor with his buddies

Titans wide receiver Kendall Wright has returned to his old stomping grounds – Baylor University – to prepare for the NFL season.

And he's been working out with his former college quarterback, Robert Griffin III.

On Tuesday, Wright posted a picture of himself on Instagram with Griffin III and former Baylor wide receiver Terrance Williams.

"Good grind session with my bros … where it all started at BU,'' Wright wrote.

Wright also worked out with Griffin III in previous offseasons.

Pyro's take: Wright is on the verge of a major breakout, and working out with RG III is never going to be a bad thing. Unfortunately Kendall does not have RG III throwing him the ball during the regular season. Regardless, Wright is emerging as a real talent, who is dominant in PPR leagues, and while he has yet to be a consistent touchdown producer, that could change this year.

07/09/14, 10:34 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.tennessean.com

Sankey looking to be an impact rookie

Former Gonzaga Prep and University of Washington running back Bishop Sankey became the first player at his position to be selected in the 2014 NFL Draft when he was taken in the 2nd round (54th overall) by the Tennessee Titans.

"It just feels awesome," Sankey said in a teleconference after being drafted. "I got a great feel when I went down (to Tennessee) on my visit. All the coaches there were great. It was a place that I definitely wanted to be. It really is a true blessing just to be the first running back taken off the board. I'm just ready to get to work. I'm just ready to get there and get to work."

"I think I'm an all-around back," Sankey said. "I've proven that I can move the ball on the ground, catch it through the air, and help in pass protection. I'm a guy that likes to use his eyes when I'm running. I feel like I'm patient enough to press the line of scrimmage and make the correct read and cut. I think that does work to my advantage as far as being a running back and running down the field and making guys miss in that second level."

Pyro's take: I love this guy. He reminds me of Giovani Bernard, and he will have the opportunity to have as much if not more success as a rookie than Gio did.

The only player standing in the way of "The Bishop"...I mean that has to be his nickname (that way I can have a Duke and a Bishop in my backfield), is Shonn Greene. Greene just underwent knee surgery, which is not a good sign for him. If he misses time Sankey will be able to step in and take a larger role early. Add to that, the Titans have one of the best offensive lines in the NFL...what more could a rookie running back ask for. Keep your eye on this kid and he should be the first rookie running back drafted in Dynasty league rookie drafts.

05/12/14, 08:23 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.khq.com

Titans agree to terms with special teams ace, Dexter McCluster

The Tennessee Titans and former Kansas City Chiefs WR/PR Dexter McCluster have agreed to terms on a three-year deal worth a reported $12 million with $4.5 million guaranteed.

Pyro's take: It wasn't the boldest of moves we saw during the first day of free agency, but Tennessee did well to address an area of need by bringing on a shifty little playmaker like McCluster.

Tennessee ranked near the bottom of the league in both punt and kick returns last season, so the Dexter signing definitely boosts their special teams as well as giving them a little more depth at wide receiver.

Nevertheless, the deal's impact on the fantasy world is basically nil.

03/11/14, 09:44 PM CDT by Dawgmaticå
Source: twitter.com

Hunter will be looking for big improvements in second season

Justin Hunter showed in his rookie season of 2013 the big-play potential the Titans envisioned when they selected him in the second round with the 34th overall pick.

Building off his 18-catch, 354-yard and four-touchdown showing next year and beyond will involve Hunter becoming a bigger (heavier and stronger) player this offseason.

Hunter will try to do so without losing the leaping ability that helped him record his first two pro catches as touchdowns. He had the game-winning, 34-yarder against the Chargers in Week 3 and an acrobatic 15-yard TD catch against the New York Jets the following week.

Four of Hunter’s catches gained 40 or more yards, with a long of 57 at Denver, and he led the Titans with a per-catch average of 19.7 yards that ranked 16th in the NFL and sixth among players that made at least 16 catches.

Pyro's take: Justin Hunter showed nice potential this season, but he failed to make the impact that fellow rookie Keenan Allen made. Hunter should enter next season as the team's second receiver, opposite up and coming Kendall Wright.

The issue for Hunter is going to be the play from the quarterback position. The Titans have not had consistency, nor the development they expected from Jake Locker.

Hunter still has a lot of potential, and could be a player with sleeper potential come fantasy drafts next season.

02/04/14, 05:23 PM CST by Houdini
Source: www.titansonline.com

Wright is seeing double

Kendall Wright didn’t care for having an extra shadow last Sunday at Indianapolis.

The Titans’ leading receiver was double-teamed after tight end Delanie Walker left the game early with a concussion.

“I started getting doubled,” Wright said. “It was my first time that I had a linebacker inside of me and a nickel defender outside of me so it was hard, but Nate (Washington) had a great game, and we’ve just got to make plays when we can.”

In addition to missing out on Walker’s production in the passing game, the absence created a ripple effect with the defense paying more attention to Wright, who has career highs of 71 catches and 840 yards this season.

Pyro's take: Wright has been a pleasant surprise this season, especially in PPR leagues. The second year player is the leading the way for the Titans, and defenses are now well of aware of that.

With Delanie Walker set to miss another week of action, the Broncos are focus their attention onto Wright. In most situations that could be a death sentence. Although, since the Titans are facing the Broncos and could be out it by halftime, Wright may be able to get some fantasy production in mop up time.

12/07/13, 07:15 PM CST by Houdini
Source: www.titansonline.com

Locker showing improvement

One of the many ways Titans quarterback Jake Locker has shown improvement this year is in third-down situations.

Locker currently is the NFL’s third-ranked quarterback on third down, with a 106.3 passer rating that trails only Cam Newton and Peyton Manning. He’s 39-of-61 passing (63.9 percent) for 426 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions.

That’s quite an upgrade from last season, when Locker finished with an 80.9 rating on third down. He completed 56 percent, throwing three touchdowns and two interceptions.

Said Locker: “You can play a terrible game, but if you’re good on third downs, you can keep the team on the field, you sustain drives, and you give yourself the opportunity to score. That’s the goal of the game.”

Pyro's take: Locker only has one 300-yard passing game on the season, and is coming off his first game without throwing a touchdown since the season opener. Jake will have a good chance to get back on track as the Titans square off against the hapless Jaguars this weekend. This game presents Locker his best opportunity of the season.

11/06/13, 08:30 PM CST by Houdini
Source: www.tennessean.com

Locker back at practice

Quarterback Jake Locker was back taking snaps and throwing during part of Titans practice on Wednesday, but it still looks as if he’ll sit out Sunday’s game against San Francisco.

“We’re not declaring anything,” Titans coach Mike Munchak said. “We’re not saying (Locker’s) out. But we’re going forward like Ryan’s starting. But we want to see how fast Jake comes along.”

Locker was wearing a brace on his right knee on Wednesday and was still walking with a noticeable limp. But he was able to participate in all the Titans’ seven-on-seven drills and a took a few full-team snaps as well. He was officially listed as limited in practice.

“We knew the (hip) would heal pretty quickly and that the knee would be something that would last a little longer,” Munchak said. “So he’s got a brace on that, and now it’s just a matter of how well he adjusts to the brace and how his knee and hip feels.

“It’s exciting to see him practice and all that, but don’t know what that means. It’s a long way from that to playing on Sunday.”


Pyro's take: Jake Locker does not have to worry about losing his job to Ryan Fitzpatrick, who has not looked good as his replacement. The fact that Locker is back at practice is encouraging that he may be able to get on the field soon, but that does not mean he has taken the next step in fantasy value. Jake is still very inconsistent and injury prone. He has not been able to put together 2 consecutive great performances, so he is on the “prove it to me” list.

10/17/13, 06:59 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: blogs.tennessean.com

Jake Locker out 4-8 weeks

We might not see Locker for a while. The team reportedly believes its starting QB could miss between 4-8 weeks as he recovers, according to ESPN. The team is still awaiting the results of tests that will give it a better idea of Locker's recovery time, though NFL.com reports that the team believes there is no hip dislocation.

Locker, according to reports, was in the hospital as of Monday morning, but he was released shortly thereafter.

Pyro's take: Jake Locker is another injury prone player who has yet to reach his potential because of injury. Now he will be sidelined for 4-8 weeks, and I expect closer to 8 based on it being a hip injury for a running quarterback. The good news for owners of Titans players is that they have a veteran in Ryan Fitzpatrick who will step in and could be put up better passing numbers. Fitzpatrick was a starter last season and still wants to be the leader of a team. The Harvard product is a pocket passer, which could mean more production from the Titans receivers. If you are in a very deep league Fitzpatrick is a nice waiver wire add.

09/30/13, 06:52 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.cbssports.com

Shonn Greene knee injury not serious, expected to play in week 2

Shonn Greene carried the ball only four times before being injured and leaving the game after suffering a knee injury in the second quarter.

Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak said the injury isn’t serious and hopes that Greene can play in the week 2 match up against the Houston Texans.

Pyro's take: Shonn Greene is no longer a starting running back in the NFL, but he still has fantasy potential in larger fantasy leagues. Jackie Battle stole a touchdown in week 1 running in Greene's role. Greene is in no danger of losing his job to Battle, and at this point looks like he will be back on the field in week 2. He is not recommended starter in most fantasy formats.

09/10/13, 07:26 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: fansided.com

Kendall Wright has a sprained right knee

An MRI showed Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kendall Wright suffered a sprained right knee, not a torn ACL, Saturday night.

The 23-year-old Wright, drafted by the Titans in the first round of the 2012 draft, is expected to miss the rest of the preseason, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

He will definitely miss Tennessee's third preseason game against the Falcons on Saturday. Coach Mike Munchak said Sunday he hopes the receiver will be back for the season opener Sept. 8 at Pittsburgh.

He injured his knee while running a pattern in the first half of Tennessee's 27-19 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. He walked around after the game with a wrap on the knee.

Pyro's take: This is a break for Kendall Wright that he does not have a torn ACL, but missing the rest of the preseason is tough for the young 2nd year receiver who is trying to take the next step in his development.

Wright's availability for the season opener is in doubt, but he should be back by week 2 at the latest, if there are no setbacks. Wright is a player that really needs to improve on his yards per catch average, which was under 10 last season and is unacceptable for a wide receiver.

08/18/13, 05:36 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: espn.go.com

Kevin Walter to be an unrestrictred free agent heading into 2010

Kevin Walter will be an unrestricted free agent w/ or w/o a new CBA between players and owners. And with the emergence of Jacoby Jones, it is not expected that the Texans will make much of a play for him.

Pyro's take: Nor should they. Pookie from New Jack City could produce solid numbers opposite of Andre Johnson. What the Texans should do, is figure out how to bring in some talent to deflect attention away from their star on the other side. Can you say Terrel Owens?

01/14/10, 01:30 PM CST by
Source: www.houstontexans.com

Gage expected to return on Sunday

Titans wide receiver Justin Gage (back) practiced in full on Wednesday and looks ready to return to the lineup this weekend against the Rams.

Pyro's take: If he doesn't suffer a setback in practice this week, Gage will be back and surely eat into the fantasy football value of rookie Kenny Britt. His return would help the Titans as a team, but he's still worth no more than a low-end flex on yours.

12/10/09, 12:45 PM CST by Dawgmaticå
Source: www.tennessean.com

Gage inactive for Titans

Titans wide receiver Justin Gage (back) is inactive for the game against the Colts today. Rookie WR Kenny Britt will get the start again in his place.

Pyro's take: Britt has been playing really well of late, so go ahead and use him as a WR3 or flex on your fantasy football team today.

12/06/09, 12:00 PM CST by Dawgmaticå
Source: www.nfl.com

Bironas fine for Sunday's game

Titans kicker Rob Bironas (ankle) went through a normal practice on Thursday and is set to assume the kicking duties against the Colts this weekend.

Pyro's take: Coach Jeff Fisher said that his ankle was nothing to be worried about, so get him back in your fantasy football lineup.

12/04/09, 11:00 AM CST by Dawgmaticå
Source: www.titansonline.com

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