The emergence of 5th-round rookie WR Tajae Sharpe begs the question: What does it mean for veterans like Dorial Green-Beckham and Justin Hunter? Those players have been watching as Sharpe has lined up with the starters. Rishard Matthews has been the other outside receiver while Kendall Wright has been busy - and looked good - in the slot.
“I am hoping they are taking it personal, and they are going to come back in here in better shape, and better prepared and healthy and ready to go out of the gate,’’ Mularkey said when asked about Green-Beckman and Hunter. “(We want to see that) from the first practice on.”
This could just be a motivational ploy, but it's not like Green-Beckham has the sort of resume that buys hm a lot of leash when it comes to being in "better shape" or being "better prepared." DGB could be starting in Week 1, but the odds are less favorable than they were a month or two ago. Sharpe doesn't have a great athletic profile, but he has quickly ascended the Titans' depth chart. Owners looking for value may want to avoid DGB for the time being and target Rishard Matthews and/or Kendall Wright, who seem locked in as starters.
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But it appears unlikely the rookie quarterback will return to action for the season finale at Indianapolis.
“He did some things today that we hoped he would do and we’ll see how he feels from it tomorrow,” interim coach Mike Mularkey said. “... His health is No. 1 for us. He’s got a such a great future ahead of him. He’s got plenty of games, lots of games to go. We won’t expose him, at all, if there is anything there...
“Any bit of doubt, he will not play.”
Mularkey said he expects receiver Kendall Wright, who left the loss to Houston early with a knee injury, to practice Wednesday at least in limited fashion.
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Titans WR Kendall Wright (ribs, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 16. Wright was a low-end WR3 through the first eight weeks, but didn’t do much after returning in Week 12 and Week 13.
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Titans WR Kendall Wright (ribs) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday. Wright was a low-end WR3 through the first eight weeks, but didn’t do much after returning in Week 12 and Week 13.
Wright has missed the last two games with a rib injury.
“I am tired of being in the training room and ready to be out there,’’ Wright said. “It’s painful to watch when you want to be out there helping your teammates. It’s not something you want to do.”
Wright was the #35 WR in standard (and PPR) through the first eight weeks of the year, but his season has been derailed by injury.
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“I am very excited,’’ Turzilli, who played in college at Rutgers, said Friday. “I’ll have a lot of family and friends at the game. So it will be fun. … (My) uncles and friends will be there, but they’re Jets fans … so it will probably be a little awkward. Hopefully they’ll be rooting for me. I’m sure they will be.”
With Kendall Wright out for Sunday’s game because of sore ribs, first-year receivers Tre McBride and Turzilli are both scheduled to play against the Jets. McBride, a seventh-round pick, has played in the last three games, but his contribution has come on special teams.
Turzilli, meanwhile, has been inactive the last three weeks after being signed to the team’s active roster from the 49ers’ practice squad on November 17. Turzilli spent training camp with the Titans after being signed as an undrafted free agent.
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Titans WR Kendall Wright (ribs, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 14. With Wright out, Dorial Green-Beckham and Harry Douglas should see more playing time, but with Darrelle Revis back in the fold (and likely shadowing DGB), the big winner might be Delanie Walker.
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