Titans Fantasy News

Mularkey: DeMarco Murray will continue to be Titans' RB1

Friday, February 24, 2017, 9:03pm

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Titans HC Mike Mularkey was asked about the team's running back situation.

“(Derrick Henry) is an important part of our offense,’’ Mularkey said of Henry, a Heisman Trophy winner at Alabama who was a second-round pick by the Titans in last year’s draft. “Obviously DeMarco Murray is the guy. He has shown he is the guy and he will continue to be that guy.

“But I will say this: Each week we put a different game plan together. We spend a lot of hours preparing to play the opponent. And Derrick, and as you saw, some games he was more involved than others. And a lot is based on how we are going to attack the opponent. We know (Derrick) is very special. He is going to have a long, great career here and he is going to be a big part of our offense next year, as he was this year.

“I like we have a one-two punch to smash it down peoples’ throats to be honest with you.”

Fantasy Impact:

In the first eight games, Murray averaged 116 total yards and 1.0 TD per game (21.4 PPG), but in the second half of the season he averaged just 89 yards and 0.5 TD (15.0 PPG). Part of the reason was Derrick Henry’s expanded role down the stretch (6.6 rushing attempts in Weeks 1-8 and 9.5 attempts from Weeks 9-17). Murray’s numbers are still solid, but he doesn’t look like a 1st round pick in 2017.

Titans expect QB Marcus Mariota will be ready for camp

Thursday, February 16, 2017, 1:22pm

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Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota is walking on a treadmill, but will probably be held out of OTAs as he continues to recover from a broken fibula suffered late last season, according to head coach Mike Mularkey.

Mike Mularkey spoke on 104.5 The Zone’s “Mid-day 180” show on Wednesday, giving an update on his quarterback’s health. Mariota suffered the injury on a sack in a December loss to Jacksonville, and underwent surgery. A plate was inserted into the leg around the ankle area to help the healing process. His recovery time was projected to be around five months.

Mularkey said the Titans would be overly cautious in how they handle Mariota’s return from the injury.

“I can’t give you specific dates. I think we’re gonna be really smart about how we handle him and probably be over-cautious. The later probably the better. We need him for September,” Mularkey said. “You guys know Marcus like I do. He’s probably gonna over train to come back as quickly as he can, and we’re probably gonna have to put the reins on him to hold back a little bit.”

Mularkey said he did not expect Mariota to be a participant in OTAs from a precautionary standpoint.

“Probably camp (for his return). I don’t really see OTAs right now, unless he has a quick recovery,” the coach said.

Fantasy Impact:

Mariota has averaged 17.6 fantasy points through his first two seasons, which is the 7th-highest average for a quarterback in his first two seasons.

WR Kendall Wright's thinks Titans career likely over

Tuesday, January 3, 2017, 9:32am

ESPN - [Full Article]

At his peak, Kendall Wright was a top NFL receiver, pulling in 94 catches for 1,079 yards in 2013.

He’s moved steadily downhill since then and the 20th pick of the 2012 draft was a healthy scratch for the Tennessee Titans in their finale, which he seems certain was his last game with the franchise.

“[Sunday] I saw the 2017 Tennessee Titans and I’m not a part of the 2017 Tennessee Titans, that’s probably the plan,” he said. “So, it is what it is. I respect everybody in the building.”

His 29 catches ranked fifth on the team and were the fewest of his career.

Fantasy Impact:

The current Titans regime saw Wright as a slot receiver, but the team used three wide receivers on fewer snaps than any team in the NFL. The story pointed out Wright is likeable guy who can make some electric plays as he did for the Titans in the wins over the Browns and Jaguars. But he can be complicated and it all came to seem like too much work to make things go with him heavily involved.

Titans RB DeMarco Murray may need surgery on toe

Monday, January 2, 2017, 3:17pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Tennessee Titans running back DeMarco Murray, who led the AFC in rushing yards, could eventually need surgery to repair a toe injury he suffered in Week 8.

Murray said he suffered a torn plantar plate Oct. 27 in a Thursday night win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. The plate is the ligament on the ball of the foot connected to the toe.

Fantasy Impact:

Murray said the injury impacted his ability to plant and explode. He said rest is the assigned treatment for the toe now.

Titans WR Rishard Matthews was unhappy splitting time with Andre Johnson

Saturday, December 31, 2016, 2:38pm

Nashville Tennessean - [Full Article]

Rishard Matthews emerged as one of Marcus Mariota’s top targets in the receiver's first season with the Titans, setting career highs in catches, receiving yards and touchdowns with one game still to play.

But he wasn’t happy through the first several weeks of the season, when he was splitting starts and sharing playing time with Andre Johnson, a future Hall of Fame receiver who signed with the Titans on the eve of training camp.

“I was pissed. At the end of the day, I didn’t come here to sit on the bench or sit on the sideline,” Matthews told The Tennessean on Friday. “I didn’t come here to rotate with anybody. I signed here for a reason. So it definitely pissed me off.”

Matthews, who spent the previous four years with the Dolphins before signing a three-year, $15 million contract with the Titans as a free agent in March, leads the team with 831 receiving yards and eight touchdowns this season, and his 56 catches trail only Pro Bowl tight end Delanie Walker, who has 60. Matthews will have a chance to boost those numbers in the regular-season finale against the Texans on Sunday at Nissan Stadium.

Fantasy Impact:

Matthews did get off to a bit of a slow start this year and this was likely a reason. Matthews caught his first touchdown of the season in a blowout victory against the Dolphins. It began a stretch of seven scores in eight games. Johnson, meanwhile, didn’t have a catch in the three games after that victory against Miami and abruptly retired on Oct. 31, just eight games into his tenure with the Titans.

Friday, December 30, 2016, 6:42pm

Texans QB Tom Savage (knee) took full practice reps all week. Savage will start in a great matchup against the Titans, but the Texans have nothing to play for.

Friday, December 30, 2016, 6:42pm

Titans TE Jace Amaro (quadricep) took full practice reps again Friday.

Titans QB Marcus Mariota to have surgery Wednesday

Monday, December 26, 2016, 4:19pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Marcus Mariota will have surgery on his broken leg Wednesday in Charlotte, head coach Mike Mularkey said Monday.

Mariota's operation will include the insertion of a plate in his leg to fix a fractured fibula suffered in a 38-17 loss to the Jaguars. Mariota's recovery process will be four to five months long, and the Titans hope to have Mariota back in time for organized team activities, Mularkey added.

Related players: Matt Cassel

Fantasy Impact:

Mariota's season comes to a disappointing early finish. The second-year passer had the Titans in playoff contention through Week 16, but his injury sunk their comeback hopes and, with the loss, their postseason aspirations. Matt Cassel will play in Week 17, according to the story.

Titans QB Marcus Mariota breaks leg in Week 16

Sunday, December 25, 2016, 12:13pm

Yahoo Sports - [Full Article]

Quarterback Marcus Mariota is out and so are the Tennessee Titans.

Mariota broke his right leg in a 38-17 loss at Jacksonville on Saturday, a crushing setback for a team that had so many things go right while winning three in a row and seven of 10 previously.

''That breaks my heart, man,'' Titans offensive tackle Taylor Lewan said. ''Love him. That guy's an awesome dude. For that to happen to him, it's unfair.''

Related players: Matt Cassel

Fantasy Impact:

A few hours later, the Titans (8-7) were eliminated from playoff contention when Houston beat Cincinnati to win the AFC South for the second straight season. Matt Cassel takes over for Week 17.

Friday, December 23, 2016, 5:51pm

Titans TE Phillip Supernaw (concussion) took full practice reps all week.

Thursday, December 22, 2016, 6:27pm

Titans TE Phillip Supernaw (concussion) took full practice reps again Thursday.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016, 6:42pm

Jaguars QB Blake Bortles (right shoulder) practiced fully Wednesday. Bortles is an intriguing (a.k.a. gutsy) play this week against the Titans, who have the league’s worst QB aFPA.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016, 6:42pm

Titans TE Phillip Supernaw (concussion) practiced fully Wednesday.

Titans like RB Derrick Henry in four-minute situations

Tuesday, November 29, 2016, 1:40pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Mike Mularkey revealed a bit about the Titans’ strategy with Derrick Henry following their win in Chicago.

When Henry got more carries than usual, Mularkey was asked why.

“That’s kind of been our plan all year, we get into a four-minute [situation], and we run Derrick,” Mularkey said. “A little fresher. Some of the things we were running, he runs well.”

But of Henry’s eight carries for 60 yards in Sunday's win over the Bears, just two for eight yards came in 4:00 situations.

In those scenarios at the end of the first half and the game, offenses look to convert first downs and maintain possession, and above all else, making sure the other team doesn’t get the ball back.

Related players: DeMarco Murray

Fantasy Impact:

The story said the team hasn't been in many of those situations this season. But overall, in the final 4:00 of a half with the Titans ahead, Henry has nine carries for 28 yards. That’s only 12.8 percent of his carries and 8.9 percent of his yards. And the Titans bell cow back, DeMarco Murray, has had more work in the 4:00 situations Mularkey is saying can be earmarked for Henry. He has 10 carries for 38 in the same situations.

Friday, November 25, 2016, 6:43pm

Titans RB DeMarco Murray (foot) took full practice reps again Friday. Murray should be fine to play in Week 12. He’s been productive playing through injuries this year.

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