WR Dorial Green-Beckham gives the Titans a high-upside target, but his off-the-field issues at Missouri led one NFC personnel man to tell NFL Media's Lance Zierlein that the wideout "couldn't keep himself out of trouble, had no structure growing up and didn't take coaching at Missouri," adding: "He's tall and fast and has good hands, but he can't be trusted."
From another AFC coordinator: "We had him in for a visit and put him on the board and he was completely lost. Whoever takes him better have a plan for him because it could be rough early on."
The Titans added Green-Beckham to shore up the receiving corps for their new quarterback, Marcus Mariota. The pick certainly is a long-term boost for Mariota, who now has a dangerous downfield threat with which to work. If he picks up things quickly (which is a big "if," considering the above comments) and proves he’s not as raw as his detractors say, Green-Beckham could certainly start early in the season opposite Kendall Wright, since it seems that Justin Hunter is on the outs with the current coaching staff.
"I'm nowhere near finished, man, and I want to prove that to the world and everybody," Nicks told FOX Sports' Mike Garafalo recently. "That's definitely my mentality, but I don't even want to talk about it. I feel like I got into that situation last year talking about it. I'm about to just go out there and prove it.
"I can't even describe the feeling to you. It's like a burning sensation inside of me. I just want to be the best. I know I have to work hard at it; it's something that's in me. It's just in me and takes over me."
Nicks was underwhelming in Indianapolis, catching only 55% of his targets while posting 38 catches for 405 yards and four touchdowns. The Titans also added Harry Douglas this offseason, so he and Nicks will join a receiving corps that already includes Kendall Wright and Justin Hunter. There isn't much fantasy value here.
Charlie Whitehurst will get the start in what is shaping up to be one of the worst Thursday Night Football games of all time. Kendall Wright is active after missing a couple of games with a hand injury, and apparently won’t be wearing a splint or a cast on his hand. He’s not a great start, but he’s been pretty solid when active and with Justin Hunter out, he should get plenty of targets. We prefer Nate Washington, who had a strong Week 15. The matchup against Jacksonville (#4 in WR aFPA) is not favorable.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 5:57pm
Titans WR Kendall Wright (hand, questionable) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Wright may be able to make his return this week. He’s a tough player to trust given his hand injury and Tennessee’s quarterback problems.
And on Tuesday, after missing the last two games with a cracked bone in his hand, he went through practice without any issues.
"My feeling is I want to play, and if it feels like I felt today, then I'll be a go,'' Wright said. "But if it hurts or gets worse, I wouldn't go out there. … I want to be able to catch, block and be a complete receiver when I am out there. That's the main thing."
Wright said his status remains unclear. It all depends on how he feels on Wednesday. The hand remains sore, and it hurts when he catches the football, the story said. The Titan offense is not one to trust in this time of the fantasy playoffs.
Friday, December 12, 2014, 6:26pm
Titans WR Kendall Wright (hand, questionable) missed practice Friday after taking limited reps Thursday and is questionable for Week 15. Wright is still iffy for a nice matchup with the Jets. He’ll likely be wearing a splint, which may impact his ability to catch the ball. Tennessee plays late on Sunday.
Thursday, December 11, 2014, 6:32pm
Titans WR Kendall Wright (hand) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Wright seems to be on track to return this week in a nice matchup with the Jets. He’ll likely be wearing a splint, which may impact his ability to catch the ball.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 6:25pm
Titans WR Kendall Wright (hand) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Wright seems to be on track to return this week in a nice matchup with the Jets. He’ll likely be wearing a split, which may impact his ability to catch the ball.
Friday, December 5, 2014, 6:38pm
Titans QB Zach Mettenberger (right shoulder, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 14. Mettenberger is expected to play through the injury, though he’s going to be shorthanded this week without Justin Hunter (spleen) and Kendall Wright (wrist).
Friday, December 5, 2014, 6:38pm
Titans WR Kendall Wright (hand, questionable) missed practice again Friday and is questionable for Week 14. Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean said he thinks Wright is a “no-go” for Sunday due to a splint on his right wrist. Wright said he “hopes” to go in Week 15, but will see how he feels on Sunday. If he’s out, downgrade Zach Mettenberger and upgrade Delanie Walker, Nate Washington and Derek Hagan. Dexter McCluster might be a sneaky PPR play as well, since he can do some of the same things as Wright.
The Tennessee Titans already have lost one starting wide receiver this week because of a lacerated spleen. Now another starter has a sore right hand that kept him out of practice Thursday.
Coach Ken Whisenhunt said Kendall Wright hurt his hand on a route Wednesday, so they gave him the day off to rest his hand. Wright wore a splint on his hand during the open portion of practice, and Whisenhunt says they should know more about the receiver's hand Friday with an X-ray planned.
Thursday, December 4, 2014, 5:59pm
Titans WR Kendall Wright (hand) was added to the injury report Thursday after missing practice. Midweek downgrades are generally not good, but it’s possible that this is a minor setback. He’s shaping up as a Sneaky Start with Justin Hunter injured and the Giants beat up secondary coming to town.
Coach Ken Whisenhunt confirmed Thursday that Mettenberger will be under center Sunday versus the Houston Texans.
"We're going with Zach," Whisenhunt emphasized, "and we're going to stay with Zach."
Here's the scouting report on Mettenberger from NFL.com's Nolan Nawrocki: "Pure dropback, strong-armed thrower who will require patient, confidence-building play-calling and a clean pocket to function at a high level in the NFL. Has starter talent in a vertical, downfield passing attack if he can learn to take command of a huddle and continue progressing as a decision-maker." Mettenberger under center could be a good thing for Justin Hunter, who is the Titans' best deep threat. Conversely, Kendall Wright may not see as many short passes if Mettenberger insists on pushing the ball down the field.
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