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Veteran receiver Harry Douglas joined the Titans in March for a number of reasons, but make no mistake, the biggest one was Mike Mularkey.
Mularkey served as offensive coordinator for four seasons with the Falcons at a time when the team amassed a 43-21 record. In three of the four seasons, the Atlanta offense produced a 1,000-yard rusher, a 1,000-yard receiver and a 3,000-yard passer in the same campaign.
Douglas was with the Falcons, playing under Mularkey, those four seasons.
As the Titans begin their search for the next head coach, Douglas is among those hoping Mularkey ends up being the guy.
“He is a good get, and I think he deserves it,’’ Douglas said of Mularkey. “When things were spiraling down this season, he made the spiraling down stop. He gave us that burst, and energy we needed as a team. I was with him in Atlanta and he has done some great things in this league and I feel like he can lead us where we need to be.
This offseason, the Titans traded for running back DeMarco Murray and drafted Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry. The team also has running backs Dexter McCluster, Antonio Andrews, Bishop Sankey and David Fluellen.
Cobb, who ran for 2,829 yards and 20 touchdowns in his final two seasons at Minnesota, has just eight carries for 28 yards in the preseason.
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When receiver Rishard Matthews joined the Titans as a free agent back in March, he knew plenty of teammates, coaches and fans would be curious about him.
Matthews went out with a bang. He led the team with nine receptions for 114 yards and a touchdown in the season-finale against the Texans. It was his third 100-yard receiving game in six weeks to close out the season.
Matthews, who played his first four NFL seasons with the Dolphins, became the first Titans player with nine touchdown catches in a season since Kenny Britt had nine in 2010. Prior to 2016 season, Matthews tallied eight touchdowns in four seasons in Miami.
It’s why the Titans signed the veteran receiver this offseason.
When Matthews first arrived in Tennessee, however, he admits he had to sell himself again.
“I knew my abilities coming in, but I don’t think the whole staff did,” Matthews said on Thursday. “Just playing time, and Tennessee Titans jerseys when we brought Andre (Johnson) in. … In the beginning I don’t think I had their trust completely.”
“I am excited,’’ Matthews said. “I am excited to see some old friends, and for a chance to take another positive step. It’s going to be fun.”
Signed by the Titans in March, Matthews played his first four seasons with the Dolphins. He caught a career-high 43 passes for 662 yards and four touchdowns last season, which attracted Tennessee’s attention.
“55 yards short of a 1,000? Oh man,’’ Matthews said at season’s end. “Oh well. I came here to do what I did. I thought I would do more actually, but I tried to take advantage of my opportunities.
“I just tried to be a guy they trusted throwing the ball to, and when they threw the ball my way I just tried to make the play. When the ball comes your way, you just try and make the play. I want them to count on me to make big plays.