Titans Fantasy News
Chris Johnson says knee impacted 2013 production
Thursday, March 6, 2014, 12:34pm
Titans RB Chris Johnson said he’s closer to 100 percent after the first surgery of his career. The procedure repaired a torn meniscus, but doctors have not yet cleared him to run. The next phase of rehab will be in a swimming pool, strengthening the muscles around his left knee.
Johnson was injured in the Week 3 win against the Chargers but said he never considered having surgery during the season. He’s rarely missed a practice in six seasons as a pro.
“I have never been a guy to sit out when something was hurt. The only way I would sit out is if there was no way possible I could play. If I can work through it, I want to play. I want to be out there to help my team win, and that’s the way it’s always been,” he said.
“I am not going to make excuses, but you can talk to anybody who’s had a torn meniscus and they know how it affects you. I’m not going to sit here and tell you if I wouldn’t have had a torn meniscus I would have had 1,600-1,700 rushing yards last year, but my teammates know what I was going through.”
Johnson is a bounce back candidate if he lands in a good environment. He obviously blames the knee (at least partially) for his struggles in 2013, but it's not like Shonn Greene (3.8 YPC) was any better. The Titans struggled in run blocking and that hurt Johnson as well. The issue now is his salary, and he has already said he's not going to take a pay cut.
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Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 11:31am
He still has a ways to go in his recovery from the surgery he had shortly after suffering the Lisfranc injury in a Nov. 10 game against the Jaguars.
Locker’s right leg was placed in a cast after surgery. He discarded his crutches in January and his foot was placed in a walking boot, which he must wear for a few more weeks. He still can’t put any weight on the foot.
Later this month, he’ll have a procedure to remove the hardware that was inserted during surgery. He hopes to start running shortly thereafter and take part in organized team activities in June. Doctors have been “encouraged” with his recovery, Locker said.
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"I like what I've seen out of him off the tape," Whisenhunt said.
Greene is an uninspiring option, but may be fantasy relevant in 2014 if Johnson departs and the team doesn't bring in talent at the running back position.
Chris Johnson to have knee scope
Monday, January 27, 2014, 10:53am
Former Pro Bowl running back Chris Johnson of the Tennessee Titans will have a knee scope Tuesday to repair a meniscus he tore in Week 3, according to a league source, and seems a virtual certainty to hit the free-agent market this spring.
A torn meniscus is usually not a big deal, but it's another red flag for Johnson, who set a career low in YPC (3.9), though it might explain why he struggled running the ball. He turns 29 in September, so he may be disappointed with the type of deal he gets in free agency.
Bills hire Jim Schwartz as DC
Friday, January 24, 2014, 9:22pm
Jim Schwartz has agreed to terms to become the Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator.
Schwartz, 47, will enter his 21st year in the NFL coaching ranks and ninth as a defensive coordinator. He served in the same capacity with the Tennessee Titans from 2001-08 overseeing a defense that finished in the top 10 in both rushing yards allowed per game (5th-103.5) and third down conversion rate (6th-36.1%) during his tenure.
While the Lions never had an elite defense under Schwartz, he did break a streak of three consecutive last place finishes by the franchise in most points allowed during his second season, and the team improved to 15th in points allowed in his fifth season as head coach. Schwartz replaces Mike Pettine, who left to become the head coach of the Browns.
Whisenhunt: Delanie Walker 'similar' to Antonio Gates
Thursday, January 23, 2014, 2:16pm
The official announcement of Mike Mularkey’s hiring as tight ends coach on Wednesday meant the Titans now have three coaches with plenty of experience coaching the position. Head coach Ken Whisenhunt and offensive coordinator Jason Michael are former tight ends coaches.
The three have a combined 14 years of coaching tight ends, with Whisenhunt and Mularkey adding a combined 17 years of NFL playing experience at the position.
“I had a lot of respect for him there, so needless to say I’m excited that he’s on this team and I’ll have a chance to work with him,” Whisenhunt said. “Working with Antonio Gates got me excited about the position, and I think there’s a lot of elements to what Delanie does that are similar in that capacity.”
The comparison seems like a stretch, but Walker did finish as the #12 TE in 2013 and had a run from Week 10 to Week 15 where he was the #6 TE. Walker won't be posting Gates-in-his-prime numbers in 2014, but it's good to hear that his HC values his play. He'll be a sleeper heading into this summer's fantasy drafts.
Chargers TE coach Jason Michael named Titans OC
Saturday, January 18, 2014, 4:17pm
New Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt has named Jason Michael offensive coordinator. Michael was previously the Chargers' tight ends coach, where Whisenhunt served as offensive coordinator during the 2013 season.
“Jason really impresses me with his knowledge of the run and pass game and he was a big part of putting together our plans last year in San Diego,” Whisenhunt said, according to the team's website. “He is very familiar with the offensive system that we want to implement here, which includes bits and pieces from a number of offensive systems. He is intelligent and a good communicator. He was responsible for presenting a couple of game-plan packages to our offense each week and he was impressive.”
The Chargers offense may take a hit with the loss of both Whisenhunt and Michael.
Titans hire Ray Horton as DC
Saturday, January 18, 2014, 4:15pm
Ray Horton is leaving Cleveland for Tennessee.
Horton has accepted the Titans’ defensive coordinator job, Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com reports. As we noted earlier this week, Horton was believed to be new Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt’s top choice. Horton was also Whisenhunt’s defensive coordinator in Arizona in 2011 and 2012.
The 53-year-old Horton has long been a well-regarded defensive coordinator, as well as a head-coaching candidate.
This is a good hire for the Titans, who were up and down defensively this season. They will be a streaming candidate next season given the right matchup.
Ken Whisenhunt will call plays for Titans
Tuesday, January 14, 2014, 6:20pm
New Titans HC Ken Whisenhunt plans to call the plays for the offense.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014, 12:20pm
The biggest beneficiary in the Ken Whisenhunt hire should be Jake Locker, the Titans’ talented but injury-prone quarterback. Whisenhunt has worked successfully with young quarterbacks (Ben Roethlisberger in Pittsburgh), old quarterbacks (Kurt Warner in Arizona) and in-between quarterbacks (Philip Rivers in San Diego).
But it also ups the pressure on Locker. Entering his fourth pro season, he is at a crossroads. At some point this year, Whisenhunt will decide if Locker is indeed a franchise quarterback or if the Titans need to go a different direction.
Personally, I think it is a terrific pairing. Locker has worked in two different offensive systems — the first one run by Chris Palmer, the more recent by Dowell Loggains — over the past three seasons. Whisenhunt will provide new direction.
Titans hire Ken Whisenhunt as head coach
Monday, January 13, 2014, 8:31pm
Whisenhunt replaces Mike Munchak, who parted with the team after three seasons and a 22-26 record.
Whisenhunt led a revitalized Chargers offense led by QB Philip Rivers, RB Ryan Mathews and WR Keenan Allen. His first order of business will decide who is the future at QB. Jake Locker has been inconsistent, but the Titans hold the #11 pick. Ryan Fitzpatrick could hold down the fort for a year if necessary.
Chris Johnson wants to be 'fed'
Wednesday, January 8, 2014, 12:13pm
“I feel like if they are not going to use me the way I am supposed to be used and let me be the horse, then I would rather them let me move on. Their money would be wasted on me,” Johnson said. “I feel like if they are not going to use me right, let somebody get me that’s going to use me the right way.”
“I have to be fed. A lot of games I started getting hot and they took me out. I know a lot of people say I didn’t have any home runs this year. Well, those runs don’t come easy. They come once you keep getting the ball.”
Johnson is likely to be traded (or cut) this summer.
Report: Titans fire HC Mike Munchak
Saturday, January 4, 2014, 2:48pm
According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, Titans HC Mike Munchak has been fired.
Monday, December 30, 2013, 8:09pm
Kenny Britt says he doesn't think he got a fair shake this year in Tennessee. Says other WRs dropped balls, so he thought there was double standard.