The Titans have informed running back DeMarco Murray that he will be released.

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Murray rushed for 1,287 yards and nine touchdowns last season with the Titans.

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Robinson, speaking at the NFL Combine last month, said he was encouraged by what he saw from Henry not only in the last month, but during the entire season. Murray suffered a knee injury in the closing minutes of the team’s loss against the Los Angeles Rams and was helped off the field by trainers.

Murray said the injury to his right ring finger happened in Week 2 of last season. He opted to have the surgery now so he’d have time to recover.

“It is just an old lingering injury from last year,” Murray said. “I thought it would heal, but it didn’t heal over the offseason as I expected. It is nothing serious. I’m going to let it heal and get ready for camp.”

Titans general manager Jon Robinson negotiated the trade to cheap Tennessee Titans jerseys land Murray, who spent one season with the Eagles. The trade might’ve never gotten off the ground without Murray making it known to his agent, Nashville’s Bill Johnson, and the Titans, he wanted to play in Tennessee.

Murray wasn’t the first option on the play, but after Mariota surveyed the field he found Murray available, to his left, so he tossed it to him.

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Murray caught the ball at the four, and squeezed by two Bengals defenders before diving toward the end zone, where Bengals linebacker Vincent Rey dove at him. Murray stretched the football out, and broke the plane.

Henry led the Titans with 744 yards and five touchdowns on 176 carries in 2017. The former Heisman Trophy winner at the University of Alabama also caught 11 passes for 136 yards and a touchdown. Henry made some big plays down the stretch, and he turned in a 156-yard rushing performance in a playoff win at Kansas City.

Murray missed both of the team’s playoff games with a knee injury he suffered against the Rams on December 24. It’s an injury that also kept him out of the regular season finale. Until then, Murray hadn’t missed a game since joining the Titans prior to the 2016 season.

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Murray said he was hoping to play again this season. But New England’s 35-14 win on Saturday night ended Tennessee’s season. Murray said he doesn’t need surgery at this point.

Mularkey said he had no doubts about Murray’s availability on Sunday, despite the fact Murray missed practices on Wednesday and Thursday. Early in the game at Nissan Stadium, Henry suffered a thigh bruise as well.

Murray suffered a knee injury in the closing minutes of the team’s loss against the Los Angeles Rams and was helped off the field by trainers.

Murray said he envisioned returning to the team in a tandem with Henry in 2018, but “we’ll see how things unfold and go from there.” He complimented Henry’s play down the stretch, when he started the final three games in his place.

Murray said he plans to attack the offseason like he’s done in years past. He knows there’s room for improvement in the running game moving forward following a year when the Titans finished 15th in the NFL in rushing. But Murray said he likes the direction of the team.

Running back Derrick Henry had three carries for 30 yards in the first half.

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The Titans cut the lead to 10-7 on a nine-yard touchdown run by Mariota, which capped a 10-play, 75 yard drive. Henry put the Titans inside the 10 on a 24-yard run, and the drive was kept alive on a 13-yard pass from Mariota to Murray on third-and-7 from the Houston 46. Henry gained all 79 of his yards in the fourth quarter, after being held to zero yards on three carries through three quarters. Henry ran for 131 yards in the October 16 game against the Colts, which included a 72-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

Titans running backs Derrick Henry and DeMarco Murray were part of a 198-yard rushing attack, and Henry closed it out with a 75-yard touchdown run at the end to win it.

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The two backs were part of a 198-yard rushing attack, and Henry closed it out with a 75-yard touchdown run at the end to win it. It was the highest rushing total of the season for the Titans. “You have to look at the whole picture, and see who has opportunities, who has the plays blocked well, who has made some runs that weren’t there or were there. We are very fortunate to have the two guys we have. They are both effective in a lot of ways.”

The carries are close – DeMarco Murray leads the Titans with 140, while Derrick Henry has 125 on the season. Last week against the Texans, the running backs had 11 carries each. Moving forward, look for the Titans to continue using both backs. The team, of course, hopes the success in the running game will continue. The Titans ran for a season-high 198 yards last week, with Henry leading the way with 109 yards. The Cardinals, ranked 9th in the NFL in run defense, have been solid vs the run so it won’t be easy.

Sims instead went up and made a play. When the Titans got the ball back, running back Derrick Henry closed it out with a 75-yard run with just 46 seconds left. “That was a huge one, a dagger,” Murray said of Henry’s run. “I think, I don’t know the situation, but I think they didn’t have any more timeouts. We needed a first down but luckily we got the touchdown to seal it. It’s great, a great run by him.”

Henry ran for 79 yards on 13 carries as the Titans jersey cheap rallied from a 10-point deficit to win. In the fourth quarter Henry produced runs of 10, 10, 7, 14 and 9 yards before ripping off a 16-yard run late, which went for a first down, and allowed the Titans to run out the clock. The final run ended with a stiff-arm of Colts defensive back Matthias Farley.

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The Titans cut the lead to 10-7 on Mariota’s run, which capped a 10-play, 75 yard drive. Henry put the Titans inside the 10 on a 24-yard run, and the drive was kept alive on a 13-yard pass from Mariota to Murray on third-and-7 from the Houston 46. “It was kind of an iffy moment,” Henry said, smiling. “I didn’t know if I should do it, because I never really did it before. It kind of looked funny. And then my sister called and said: Why did you do that? I said, ‘I don’t know, I was just trying to do something. It was a fun moment.

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“I think his speed is underrated,” Jackson said of the 6-foot-3, 247-pound Henry. “A guy with that size, to have that kind of speed, it’s impressive. I think people underestimate it. You see a big guy like, let’s say Usain Bolt out there running, it doesn’t look like he is moving fast but his stride is unbelievable.

Henry gained all 79 of his yards in the fourth quarter, after being held to zero yards on three carries through three quarters. Henry ran for 131 yards in the October 16 game against the Colts, which included a 72-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. In addition to some battering ram runs by Henry, running back DeMarco Murray added some big receptions in the passing game. It was Murray’s one-yard touchdown run that gave the Titans the lead in the fourth quarter.

Henry had no problem outracing Texans defensive back Marcus Gilchrist in the open field during the TD run. That’s because he reached a top speed of 21.64 miles per hour, per the NFL’s Next Gen Stats, which ties Henry for the fourth-fastest ball-carrier speed of the season.

Walker was named the 2015 Titans recipient of the Walter Payton Man of the Year award

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Delanie Walker is fifth at tight end, behind Rob Gronkowski, Jordan Reed, Travis Kelce and Greg Olsen. That’s a strong five-pack, and while Walker will still be a key force for the Titans, he’s 33 and the Titans have expanded their receiving corps and that could pull some passes from him.

Walker started his NFL career in San Francisco where Vernon Davis was the 49ers’ sixth pick overall, while Walker was a sixth-round pick out of Central Missouri State. After seven seasons and an appearance in the Super Bowl, Walker chose to sign with the Titans as a free agent where he has become one of the NFL’s most productive tight ends.

Disrespect is generally overplayed as motivation in the NFL and the whole league knows Walker is a fine player. But in this instance, what he read was clearly a trigger for Walker.

Walker, who turned 33 last Saturday, is a rare physical specimen at the top of his game. There aren’t many 30-plus players, outside of quarterbacks and specialists, that remain among the top five-to-seven players at their position. Recent NFL history tells him he should be preparing to disappear into retirement. He calls that a lie.

Walker says he’s happy to teach Smith because he “listens and doesn’t talk back.” Both players understand the writing on the wall due to Walker’s age and Smith’s draft status, but for now they’ll try to coexist effectively and create mismatches for defenses to figure out.

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They are free to, that’s the nice part about it. Everybody respects Delanie Walker, I know he’s about as much of a pro as I’ve ever been around, on and off the field. It’s important. If they get a chance to speak, they’re allowed to you.

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Walker is entering the final season of his current contract. The Titans reworked the final year and added two more seasons, meaning he is signed through 2018, the source said.

Matey said the Youngs’ vehicle was stopped on the shoulder of Interstate 10 in LaPlace, just west of New Orleans, when it was hit by a car driven by 26-year-old Nechole T. Thomas of Houston.

Players are elected to the Pro Bowl based on voting from fans, players and coaches, with each counting one-third. Casey finished eighth in the fan voting portion, while Walker finished ninth.

He’s also been a big role model. Earlier this month, Walker was named the 2015 Titans recipient of the Walter Payton Man of the Year award. It marked the second time Walker received the honor, after being named the Titans Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2013. The award recognizes a player for his excellence on and off the field, and Walker has been a community hero in Tennessee.

Walker is coming off a Pro Bowl season, when he set new team records among tight ends with 94 receptions and 1,088 receiving yards. He broke his own receiving yardage record and Frank Wycheck’s reception record for franchise tight ends.

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The Titans managed to check off some of those boxes, but not enough in their 16-10 loss to the Dolphins, not on a day when Mariota was sidelined with a strained hamstring.

What appeared to be a 59-yard touchdown pass to tight end Delanie Walker was called back because of a penalty. Later, officials ruled Cassel fumbled on what appeared to be an incomplete pass. The Dolphins picked the ball up, and returned it for a touchdown.

Matthews, whose father served 23 years in the Marines and whose brother, another Marine, died in Afghanistan two years ago, has been vocal in his stance against racial injustice and Tennessee Titans jerseys and police brutality. His protest was launched shortly after President Donald Trump’s attacks toward NFL players who choose to protest. Matthews previously refrained from protesting in respect of his brother, but after Trump’s comments, he said his brother would understand his intentions going forward.

Tight end Delanie Walker, who led the Titans in receptions in 2014 and 2015, and shared the lead in 2016, would welcome a speedster who could help take the top off a defense.

So when Walker started yapping at some of the Titans’ receivers about still being the man in this offense, Matthews wasn’t going to sit back and let that fly. A friendly, vocal competition was born.

In the end, the Titans suffered a disappointing defeat, one that dropped them out of a first-place tie in the AFC South heading into next week’s Monday-night game against visiting Indianapolis.

Linebacker David Bass spent his first two seasons with the Bears

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Bass played in 20 games for the Bears in 2013-14, and tallied 32 tackles and four sacks. But he was released by the Bears prior to the 2015 season, and claimed off waivers by the Titans.

Bass has played in 27 games for the Titans since.“I have great memories from being there,” Bass said of his time with the Bears. “That’s kind of where it all started, and it’s where I built my foundation. So it will be good to go back and face the old team, and coaches and players.”

The preseason finale will hold special significance for the Dolphins and South Florida. The Dolphins are rechristening Hard Rock Stadium against the Titans after significant offseason renovations to the venue, which originally opened in 1987. The new features include an open air canopy covering most of the seats and new video boards, among other upgrades. The Dolphins were the visitors in the first two weeks of the preseason, and last week they hosted and defeated the Atlanta Falcons in Orlando.

Miami is in its first season with Adam Gase as head coach. He was hired after serving as the offensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears in 2015 and the previous six years with the Denver Broncos. Gase’s staff includes three former Titans assistant coaches: linebackers coach Matt Burke, wide receivers coach Shawn Jefferson and senior defensive assistant/pass rush specialist Jim Washburn.

Last week in Orlando, the Dolphins improved to 2-1 this preseason with a 17-6 win over the Falcons. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill passed for 155 yards, and running back Arian Foster rushed for a touchdown in the win.

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On Sunday, the Titans will face Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford.

“They have a great group of guys up front,’’ Casey said. “The scheme that they run is kind of tricky, because they have so many formations and things they do. But we will be ready to go.”

The Titans plan to look more closely at new offensive lineman Josh Kline next week in an tennessee titans jersey cheap effort to build depth at multiple positions.

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“He can do some good things for you at guard, but actually we’re going to (work him) at center next week,’’ Mularkey said of Kline, who was claimed off waivers from the Patriots earlier this month. “When he goes into a game he has to obviously know both positions very well. We started him off a little bit on the slow end, trying to make sure he has all the guard stuff down. But center will come into play next week.”

Kline (6-3, 300) played in 14 games for the Patriots last season, including 13 starts – seven at right guard and six at left guard. He also started at left guard for both of the team’s playoff contests. Originally signed by the Patriots as an undrafted free agent in 2013, Kline has played in 33 games over the past three seasons, with 18 starts.

The defense once again struggled out of the gate, however, before eventually settling down and making some big plays of their own.

“It’s something that we’ve still been working on,’’ Casey said. “We have to get off to faster starts. Once we come off and understand what we’ve done wrong, we can come back real fast and clean up our mistakes. The thing is, we’re trying to get the game started off the way we want to. But we’re going to stick together. We don’t play any blame games. If we get beat up front, or our DBs get beat on the back end, we’re going to come together and figure out as a unit. We’re going to clean it up together and make things happen.”

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The Titans stopped the Raiders on fourth down inside the 10-yard line near the end of the half, and in the second half got a defensive score when linebacker Sean Spenceleveled Washington, and fellow linebacker David Bass picked it up and ran it back for a 47-yard score.

Linebacker David Bass spent his first two seasons with the Bears.

Titans defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau is also high on Dodd. “He’s showed us pretty much what we saw on the college tape, which is the reason we took him so high,” LeBeau said. “He’s got really good length. He’s a big guy. He’s very close to a 4-3 defensive end, but he has movement skills for an outside linebacker.

“I think this is a good fit for him, and he’s a good fit for us. I think he’s going to be an effective pass rusher. He’s not shown me anything to deter from what I thought watching him play in college.”

A year later, Bass is feeling more comfortable. And he’s been playing like it.

Spence got it all started in the third quarter when he delivered a bone-crushing hit on Raiders running back DeAndre Washington after he caught a pass from quarterback Matt McGloin. Washington went flying, the ball popped out, and Bass picked it up and started running toward the end zone.

Bass made it, of course. His 47-yard return was the final score in Tennessee’s 27-14 win over the Raiders.
“It was on the go last year,’’ Bass said. “I am still learning, and really, you can never learn too much. I am always trying to build chemistry and get more comfortable in the playbook. But I’ve had a whole offseason to work at things I needed to improve on from last year, switching to a 3-4… and I think I am better with the playbook, and making plays.

Right now Taylor Lewan is our left tackle and we’re proud that he is our left tackle

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Scottsdale, Ariz. native Taylor Lewan is on his way back to the Grand Canyon State Wednesday, but the convenient overlap with Super Sunday takes a back seat to the real purpose for the homecoming.

The Titans selected Lewan 11th overall in last year’s NFL Draft. The next day Lewan flew to Nashville for his introductory press conference at Saint Thomas Sports Park. He then flew back to Arizona for only a day to gather his things before settling into his new home in the south.

This is the first time the Super Bowl has been in Glendale since 2008 – the game better known for David Tyree’s helmet catch to help the Giants beat the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. Lewan remembers the game — he was a junior in high school — but he didn’t go to that Super Bowl either, despite being just 20 miles away in Scottsdale.

Lewan said he has no plans to be in attendance at any Super Bowl until he’s running out of the tunnel as a participant.

Jacksonville, however, opted for offense and selected Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles from the third overall spot. The selection of Bortles occurs three years after the Jaguars drafted QB Blaine Gabbert from the 10th overall spot in 2011. Jacksonville traded Gabbert to San Francisco this offseason.

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Lewan was one of 30 top prospects invited to attend the first night of the draft at New York’s Radio City Music Hall and became a Titan when Tennessee selected him with the 11th overall pick. Lewan flew to Nashville Friday so he could be introduced during a press conference. Prior to that session, Lewan quickly worked in individual interviews with television stations. He left Saint Thomas Sports Park shortly after hoisting the jersey for a quick trip to his home in Arizona. The offensive tackle is schedule to return to Nashville next week. Nike Titans #77 Taylor Lewan Light Blue Team Color Youth Stitched NFL Vapor Untouchable Limited Jersey

“I want to welcome Taylor Lewan to Music City. We’re excited to have him,” Webster said. “As we stated last night, we feel we were very fortunate that we were able to pick him. We’ve had several conversations over the past few months, and I’m looking forward to what he can be for us in the future.”

Tennessee drafted Lewan as the heir apparent to the decade-long staple at left tackle Michael Roos. The team’s left tackle of the future joined the starting lineup earlier than expected when Roos went down with a season ending knee-injury in Week 5 against the Browns.

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One of the illegal use of hands calls against Lewan was declined because the Bills recorded a sack on the play. “We ended up getting 1st and 10s off those penalties, but it is still no excuse,’’ he said. “Everyone needs to be responsible for his actions, and as a leader on this team I cannot have those penalties.

“Since I have been in the NFL for 10 seasons, an offensive lineman has always been a leader,’’ Walker said. “I think he sees himself in that role. He plays like it. He plays tough every play. And that’s what you want. I always say this: Offensive linemen need to be dogs. I like them dirty, nasty, and he fits that role. And I think that is why we get along so well, because I have that mindset.

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The Titans acquired the 6-foot-8, 321-pound Kelly in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles back in August for receiver Dorial Green-Beckham. Kelly played in the team’s first nine games, including three starts when the team lined up with an extra tight end to start games. In previous games, he’s stepped in to play some tackle, and played a big role on special teams.

And then on Sunday he found himself entering the game on the team’s third offensive play after Lewan was ejected. Kelly stepped in at left tackle, and the Titans didn’t skip a beat on offense. What Titans tackle Taylor Lewan and Bills guard Richie Incognito are: best of friends. And they’re living it up together here at the Pro Bowl.

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And they’re not afraid to stir things up with a physical style of play that oftentimes rubs players on other teams the wrong way. “I think we are kind of kindred spirits,’’ Incognito said after Friday’s practice. “We are both hard-working guys, both tough guys, and we both play at a high level and I think we just hit it off because we enjoy working out so hard. We both push each other all offseason. We’ve spent a lot of time together. Now, we’re best of friends.”

After wrapping up practice on Wednesday, and admitting “I don’t know what the hell is going on yet,” Lewan said he’s determined to make it to the Pro Bowl again. He said he wants to make it to the playoffs as well, a goal the 9-7 Titans fell just short of in 2016.

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The defensive lineman hopes to follow a similar path to success with the Titans.

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Austin Johnson learned patience in college, and the experience helped him during his first NFL season. ust prior to the start of training camp, Titans rookie defensive lineman Austin Johnson had breakfast with Bob Shoop, his former defensive coordinator at Penn State.

“He told me to keep a level head and absorb everything I can,’’ Johnson said of Shoop, who’s now defensive coordinator at the University of Tennessee. “We’ve always had a good connection. I could talk to him about anything when I was in college. And he is one of the smartest guys I have ever been around. He wants what is best for me. He was always pushing me to get better.”

“Blackson should move over there, and we’re going to need to get Austin Johnson up and crank him up and he needs to play at a high level,’’ Mularkey said. “I’d like just a little more nastiness in (Austin’s) play, a little more violence in his play, and I think he’ll be fine.”

Penn State defensive lineman Austin Johnson jersey spent some time with Titans defensive line coach Nick Eason at the NFL Combine, and got good vibes. Later, during the pre-draft process, he made a visit to Tennessee, and talked to defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau.

“We’ve targeted Austin for a while there,’’ Titans general manager Jon Robinson said. “He can play nose, he can play five technique, he can play three technique. “There is a lot of versatility along the defensive line with him. He’s got some quickness — he’s actually got some ability to shoot gaps and win on third down situations too as a sub rush.”

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The winnowing process began with the offseason program from April through June. It continues when players report following a six-week break, and then there are only two weeks from the initial training camp practice to Aug. 13, when the Titans host the San Diego Chargers in the first of four preseason games. The preseason itinerary also includes a Saturday afternoon home game against the Carolina Panthers on Aug. 20, a nationally-televised visit to the Oakland Raiders on Aug. 27 and the final tuneup at the Miami Dolphins on Sept. 1. Nike Texans #15 Will Fuller V Black Men's Stitched NFL Limited 2016 Salute to Service Jersey

Although he is a 40-year-old, first-year general manager, Robinson is a seasoned evaluator of football talent. The Southeast Missouri State graduate spent the last two seasons as director of player personnel for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers following a 12-year stint in the scouting department of the New England Patriots, including five seasons (2009–2013) as director of college scouting for the Patriots.

“Delanie, he is one of the guys most people would compare me to,’’ Smith said. “We have the same similar build, carry the same skill-set. But Delanie Walker is Delanie Walker, and I am Jonnu Smith at the end of the day. At the end of the day nobody can bring what I can bring to the table and nobody can bring what he can bring. Everybody is their own player.”

“I hope we can find someone as productive as Delanie,” Mularkey said when discussing Smith. “I think Jonnu is a guy we feel can compete and play not just an F, we are going to see if he is going to be a point player, point blocker. Certainly with his speed and his ability in the passing game, we hope that translates to what Delanie has done for us since he has been here.”

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The Titans also added Western Kentucky receiver Taywan Taylor in the third round. Taylor hauled in 253 passes for 4,234 yards and 41 touchdowns for the Hilltoppers.
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“All those guys bring a different aspect to the game,’’ said Byard, a third-round pick in the 2016 draft. “Corey Davis, he’s a guy who can play on the outside, and he can take a top off a defense. Taywan Taylor can catch screens and do whatever from the slot. And Jonnu Smith is going to be able to come in and learn from Delanie Walker and be able soak up the game from him and still be a threat when he comes in. So it just brings a different dynamic to the game and teams are going to have to game plan against that.”

In the NFL Draft, the Titans added two receivers early, beginning with Davis, who caught 97 balls for 1,500 yards and 19 touchdowns last season. His 5,278 career receiving yards is an FBS record, and he ranks second in NCAA history in career receiving touchdowns with 52.

Titans linebacker Kevin Dodd is rarin’ to go

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Step by step, Titans linebacker Kevin Dodd is getting closer to playing in his first NFL game.

Outside linebacker Kevin Dodd had foot surgery on Thursday morning.

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“It is preventative,’’ Titans coach Mike Mularkey said. “It’s not major. He is going to miss the OTAs and the veteran minicamp (next month) but he should be back for training camp. I think it was smart on all of our sides to get it done now.”

Dodd, the team’s second-round pick out of Clemson, had some soreness out of the rookie minicamp earlier this month. The Titans did additional tests on his right foot, and decided to take care of the injury now to be safe. Dodd was on the practice field on Tuesday.

“He’ll miss some initial days here because he’ll be on crutches,’’ Mularkey said of Dodd. “But as soon as he can support his weight he’ll be out here and at least get some visual work with it. But obviously any time you are out it puts you behind.”

Titans rookie linebacker Kevin Dodd saw his snap count triple on Sunday compared to the previous week, and Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford saw him up close.

Dodd recorded his first career sack in Sunday’s 16-15 win over the Lions, and he was also credited with a quarterback hit and six tackles.

“Not going where you expected to go, it will push you. You are going to have a little chip on your shoulder or what not. I am still going to work. I am still going to do what Kevin Dodd has been doing. I have been grinding since day one.”

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Titans linebacker Kevin Dodd is rarin’ to go. Dodd is expected to bolster the team’s pass rush as a rookie, and in years to come.

On the first day of training camp on Saturday, Dodd was in uniform like the rest of his teammates. But instead of practicing, he worked on his own, and then stood on a fence line to sign autographs for fans afterward. Dodd was placed on the team’s Physically Unable to Perform list because of a foot injury that required surgery during the offseason. “It is real difficult just to not be able to be out there and be a part of this team,’’ Dodd said. “But the smartest thing for me now is to not be out there.

The wait is over for Titans rookie linebacker Kevin Dodd.
On Wednesday, the team officially activated Dodd from the Physically Unable to Perform list, a day after Titans coach Mike Mularkey talked with optimism about him returning to the field.

The Titans drafted linebacker Kevin Dodd in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft out of Clemson, but he only made a small contribution during his rookie season because of a lingering foot injury.

In his final collegiate game, Kevin Dodd made a splash – the Clemson pass rusher racked up three sacks in the national title game against Alabama, and looked dominant doing so.

In Clemson outside linebacker Kevin Dodd, they believe they’ve found a player who can help. “Not going where you expected to go, it will push you. You are going to have a little chip on your shoulder or what not. I am still going to work. I am still going to do what Kevin Dodd jersey has been doing. I have been grinding since day one.”

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Dodd was placed on Injured Reserved at the end of the season.

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In the third round of Friday night’s NFL Draft, the Titans moved up to select Western Kentucky receiver Taywan Taylor.

A 6-foot-1, 195-pounder, Taylor was a playmaker for the Hilltoppers, and he’ll look to do the same for the Titans.

“I can’t even put it into words,” Taylor said. “I am still trying to soak it all in. I feel so blessed and so grateful to be a part of the Titans organization, great fans, great city, great everything. I am just ready to go to work.

Titans safety Kevin Byard is very familiar with three of the team’s first four draft picks – Western Michigan’s Corey Davis, Western Kentucky’s Taywan Taylor and FIU’s Jonnu Smith. Byard faced all three in college while playing at MTSU.

“All those guys bring a different aspect to the game,’’ said Byard, a third-round pick in the 2016 draft. “Corey Davis, he’s a guy who can play on the outside, and he can take a top off a defense. Taywan Taylor can catch screens and do whatever from the slot. And Jonnu Smith is going to be able to come in and learn from Delanie Walker and be able soak up the game from him and still be a threat when he comes in. So it just brings a different dynamic to the game and teams are going to have to game plan against that.”

In the NFL Draft, the Titans added two receivers early, beginning with Davis, who caught 97 balls for 1,500 yards and 19 touchdowns last season. His 5,278 career receiving yards is an FBS record, and he ranks second in NCAA history in career receiving touchdowns with 52.

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The Titans have promoted defensive lineman Mehdi Abdesmad from the practice squad to the team’s 53-man roster.

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Abdesmad (6-6, 284) was signed by the Titans as an undrafted free agent out of Boston College. He appeared in 39 career games at Boston College, and recorded 98 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 21.5 tackles for a loss, one pass defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

The Titans waived defensive lineman Mehdi Abdesmad on Sunday to make room for Amaro on the 53-man roster. Amaro, waived by the Jets on Saturday, caught 38 passes for 345 yards and two touchdowns in 14 games during the 2014 season after a stellar college career at Texas Tech, where he was a first team All-America performer. Amaro (6-5, 265) caught 106 passes for 1,352 yards and seven touchdowns during his final season at Texas Tech.

Amaro, selected 49th overall by the Jets in 2014, missed all of 2015 with a torn shoulder labrum. Amaro suffered a groin injury during this year’s preseason, which caused him to miss a game. He’s paid his dues since, working on the team’s practice squad. On Wednesday, the Titans promoted Woods to the 53-man roster.

A four-year starter at Southern California, Woods (6-1, 318) signed with the Tennessee Titans jersey cheap as an undrafted free agent this year following the draft. He totaled 113 career tackles, eight sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss at USC. To make room for Woods on the roster, the Titans placed defensive end Mehdi Abdesmadon injured reserve. Abdesmad suffered an ankle injury in Saturday’s loss to the Jaguars.

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Based on the timetable, Mularkey said he thinks Mariota could be back for some of the organized team activities in May or June. Mariota should be ready for the start of training camp in July.

“I have total respect (for him),’’ Mularkey said of Mariota. “I love the player, love the man. I love everything he stands for, everything he does. I am very disappointed he got injured. He had a lot of good things ahead of him and he still does. But I am sorry to see it end his season this way, very sorry.”

But like Titans first-round pick Corey Davis, Titans receiver Rishard Matthews faced doubters heading into the NFL from those who questioned his college competition. Matthews, who played at Nevada, thinks the team’s fifth overall pick from Western Michigan will fit in just fine. Nike Titans #84 Corey Davis Navy Blue Name & Number Pullover NFL Hoodie

Corey Davis hoped the Titans would pick him in the NFL Draft.

“All of that doesn’t matter when you get to this level,” Matthews said on Tuesday during a stop on the Titans Caravan in Spring Hill. “In some areas it does matter, but I know he is going to come into the league with a chip on his shoulder like I did, and he is going to show that he belongs.

New Titans draft picks Corey Davis and Adoree’ Jackson met with reporters during a press conference on Friday at Saint Thomas Sports Park. After playing against Western Michigan’s Corey Davis in the 2015 Popeyes Bahamas Bowl during his final season at MTSU, Byard knew big things were ahead for the big receiver. “He lit us up,’’ Byard said of Davis, the team’s fifth overall pick of the NFL Draft, on Thursday. Davis had eight catches for 183 yards and an 80-yard touchdown vs. MTSU.

“After the game I knew that he was going to go first round. I didn’t know when he was going to go in the first round, but I knew he was first-round talent. It is a blessing to have him on the team because he is a big-time receiver and he is going to be a big-time receiver for years.”

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On Monday, Mariota said he’s looking forward to working with Davis, the team’s first-round pick out of Western Michigan, as well.

“I am excited,” Mariota said during a Titans Caravan stop at the Fort Campbell PX. “I am excited for our entire draft class. I think we brought in a lot of really good players, and it will be fun getting to know them and build relationships that will hopefully allow us to have some success on the field.”

He was able to congratulate new Titans cornerback Adoree’ Jackson in person last month at the NFL Draft in Philadelphia. Casey made the rounds on the Titans Caravan last week, when he discussed several topics, including Jackson, the team’s new free agents, and his spot among the top players in the NFL. The Titans snagged Jackson to bring some action. At USC, he was the 2016 Jim Thorpe Award winner as the nation’s top cornerback. He finished the season with 55 tackles, five interceptions and 11 passes defensed while totaling 1,230 all-purpose yards and five touchdowns.

After adding several players to the secondary in free agency, the Titans drafted cornerback Adoree’ Jackson with the 18th overall pick. Titans secondary coach Deshea Townsend discussed Jackson, and the group, at a recent Caravan stop.

I love the way Dennis Kelly played for this football team today

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The Titans and Eagles have agreed to a trade involving receiver Dorial Green-Beckham and versatile offensive lineman Dennis Kelly.

Green-Beckham, heading into his second NFL season, heads to Philadelphia in exchange for Kelly, who’s set to begin his fifth year in the league.

“I love the way Dennis Kellyplayed for this football team today,’’ Mularkey said. “They’ve got some guys outside that are a threat and I thought he did an unbelievable job stepping in there. (General Manager) Jon Robinson getting him here with that trade was as big a trade as we had this year. He played well.”

The Titans acquired the 6-foot-8, 321-pound Kelly in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles back in August for receiver Dorial Green-Beckham. Kelly played in the team’s first nine games, including three starts when the Tennessee Titans jersey authentic team lined up with an extra tight end to start games. In previous games, he’s stepped in to play some tackle, and played a big role on special teams.

In Lewan’s absence, Kelly emerged as one of the unsung heroes in Tennessee’s 47-25 win over the Packers.

“I love the way Dennis Kellyplayed for this football team today,’’ Mularkey said. “They’ve got some guys outside that are a threat and I thought he did an unbelievable job stepping in there. (General Manager) Jon Robinson getting him here with that trade was as big a trade as we had this year. He played well.”

I love the way Dennis Kelly played for this football team today. Again, they’ve got some guys outside that are a threat and I thought he did an unbelievable job stepping in there. Jon (Robinson) getting him here with that trade was as big a trade as we had this year. He played well.

The Titans have added depth – and competition – in the middle of their offensive line with the addition of Tim Lelito.

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The Titans and Lelito agreed to terms on a deal Wednesday, when the former Saints guard visited Saint Thomas Sports Park.

Hey Randy. Well, a lot to be determined here. Keep in mind veteran Tim Lelito, signed last month after playing previously with the Saints, has experience at center. So does veteran Josh Kline. But I expect more guys will be added to the fold, possibly in both free agency and the draft.

Jack Conklin is the highest-graded right tackle in the NFL at the season’s halfway mark, according to the folks at Pro Football Focus.Nike Titans #34 Earl Campbell Light Blue Team Color With 15th Season Patch Women's Stitched NFL Elite Drift Fashion Jersey

Through eight games, Conklin hasn’t allowed a sack. The Titans love his demeanor, and dependability.

But Conklin, the eighth overall pick of the NFL Draft, hardly feels like he’s arrived. On Wednesday, he was asked if feels like a veteran after six months on the job.

“It’s pretty crazy,’’ Conklin said late Friday afternoon. “I was switching my phone over today and found out later in the day. I got a bunch of texts from people. I was pretty excited. I think it is sort of starting to kick in now more than before. It’s a lot to take in. To have the rookie year turn out like like that, I’m pretty happy about it.”

General manager Jon Robinson was among the first to contact Conklin. It was Robinson who pegged Conklin in the draft, and moved up to get him. Offensive line coach Russ Grimm also reached out to congratulate Conklin, along with many of his teammates.

Conklin became the first Titan to be named first-team All-Pro by the Associated Press since running back Chris Johnson in 2009. He’s the first Titans rookie since defensive end Jevon Kearse in 1999 to be named to the team.

Titans linebacker Avery Williamson went Hollywood this past week

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Titans linebacker Avery Williamson went Hollywood this past week.

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Williamson attended an Oscars-related event in Los Angeles, and made the rounds at ESPN Sports Nation, Fox Sports and the Red Bull studio. At each location, he got a behind-the-scenes look at life behind the cameras.

He was able to spread knowledge about the Titans. The Oscars event was a red carpet affair put on by PwC, which oversees the voting process. He met Michelle Beadle, Max Kellerman and Marcellus Wiley at ESPN Sports Nation.

“It was nice,’’ said Williamson, who has started 27 games over his first two NFL seasons.

In Los Angeles, Williamson faced some questions himself. There’s a chance he could appear as an on-air guest at some of the national shows later in the offseason.

“They asked me how I feel about the hires (at head coach and GM), and who we would take with the No.1 pick in the draft,’’ Williamson said. “A lot of people were asking me about Marcus (Mariota), and how I am going to improve myself for next season.

“It was positive. And I feel like the steps coach (Mike) Mularkey will take, and has taken, I really do feel like we are headed in the right direction. I feel like we have the right people to get some more wins.”

Earlier this week, Williamson began working at Pro Edge in Chandler, Arizona, which was recommended to him by former Bears linebacker Lance Briggs.

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Titans linebacker Wesley Woodyard never shared a locker room with Tim Shaw. But he’s familiar with his journey, and the strength the former Titans linebacker has shown while battling ALS.

“I know what kind of guy he is,’’ Woodyard said of Shaw. “And I know he left a good positive vibe in the locker room with the guys that did know him. I have a lot of respect for him. And I know what he’s going through, because it hits close to home.”

Woodyard, set to begin his third season with the Titans and Tennessee Titans jerseys ninth year in the NFL, had a chance to talk to Shaw last week when the team signed him to a contract before placing him on the Reserve/Retired list, making him a “Titan for Life.”

Woodyard heard Shaw’s emotional speech to the team a few days earlier. He also witnessed his struggles to walk, and speak clearly. Shaw said himself his condition has deteriorated to the point he has a hard time doing daily tasks like brushing his teeth and tying his own shoes.Nike Titans #28 Chris Johnson White With 15th Season Patch Youth Stitched NFL Elite Jersey

Inside linebacker Wesley Woodyard was credited with his first sack of the season (16.5 in his career), forcing Browns quarterback Cody Kessler out of bounds for no gain in the first quarter.

As a teenager, Woodyard saw his beloved aunt, Caroline Drake, deal with the same issues after being diagnosed with ALS leading up to her death. It’s a painful memory. Woodyard said his wife’s aunt also had ALS, often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Jones is ready to give back to the Nashville community – and the Ronald McDonald House – by hosting the first annual Ben Jones Celebrity Clay Shoot on May 12 at the Nashville Gun Club. Spots still remain for those 18 years or older, including a number of team slots.

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Titans center Ben Jones began a pregame ritual of walking barefoot on the field back when he was in high school.

Jones will be tested when he strolls on the field at Arrowhead Stadium several hours before Sunday’s Titans-Chiefs game. The early morning temperature is expected to dip to around zero, and the forecast calls for single digits in pregame, and at kickoff at noon.

“Marcus is a tough guy, and he is one of our leaders in the huddle,’’ Jones said. “(Him taking that hit) is just showing everyone has to step their stuff up. If you have a leader like that who is going to lay it on the line for us, we have to protect him at all times.”

Titans coach Mike Mularkey said Mariota sent an unintentional message by rising to his feet. The Titans finished that drive with a field goal, and the first team offense scored on its first four possessions.

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