Rusty Smith Fantasy News

Sunday, March 30, 2014, 1:40pm

Nashville Tennessean - [Full Article]

Barring a setback, Jake Locker will be the starter at QB for the Titans. Former Chargers backup Charlie Whitehurst replaces Ryan Fitzpatrick. Tyler Wilson is under contract. Rusty Smith is a free agent.

The Titans are unlikely to pick up the option year on Locker's contract, so this is probably his make-or-break season. If he makes great strides, the Titans will try to re-sign him to an extension, but they need to protect themselves by developing another quarterback.

Fantasy Impact:

Locker began to show promise last year but got hurt. The author thinks the Titans could take a QB later in the draft, but either way, this will be a key year for Locker.

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Locker starting, Shonn Greene active for Titans
Sunday, October 20, 2013, 2:43pm

Titans Inactives
Patrick Bailey LB
Moise Fokou MLB
Zaviar Gooden OLB
Derrick Morgan DE
Rusty Smith QB
Byron Stingily T
Robert Turner C

Fantasy Impact:

Jake Locker will get the start, but will likely be limited in mobility. Shonn Greene returns and will back up Chris Johnson.

Monday, December 17, 2012, 7:25pm

Titans Inactives
Xavier Adibi LB
Daniel Baldridge T
Colin McCarthy MLB
Mitch Petrus G
Rusty Smith QB
Scott Solomon DE
Damian Williams WR

Fantasy Impact:

No surprises for the Titans tonight, in what's sure to be a thriller.

Monday, October 29, 2012, 12:45pm

The Nashville Tennessean - [Full Article]

Quarterback Jake Locker missed his fourth straight start, and he wasn’t even in uniform as Matt Hasselbeck was backed up by Rusty Smith.

Locker dislocated his left shoulder twice in the first four games. He was limited in practice the past two weeks.

Asked if Locker would be ready for this week’s game against the Bears at LP Field, Munchak said: “I don’t know yet. We’ll have to see. He’ll get re-examined again this week.”

Sunday, November 20, 2011, 3:06pm

Titans Inactives
Donnie Avery WR
Dave Ball DE
Zach Clayton DT
Chris Hawkins CB
Kevin Matthews C
Rusty Smith QB
Byron Stingily T

Sunday, November 6, 2011, 2:50pm

Titans Inactives
Zach Clayton DT
William Hayes DE
Chris Hope SS
Kevin Matthews C
Colin McCarthy LB
Rusty Smith QB
Byron Stingily T

Friday, October 28, 2011, 1:22pm

The Memphis Commercial-Appeal - [Full Article]

Matt Hasselbeck practiced fully Thursday after being limited Wednesday. He said his thumb wasn't that bad Wednesday, but that they didn't want a bunch of snaps banging against his hand. The benefit was extra work for rookie Jake Locker, the eighth pick overall, and Rusty Smith.

"And when you're as old as I am, when you're 36, they start giving you days off if you sneeze too much," Hasselbeck joked.

He said he bruised the thumb in last week's 41-7 loss to Houston when he hit his throwing hand on the arm or elbow of a defensive lineman. Hasselbeck said his thumb will not be an issue Sunday when the Titans (3-3) host Indianapolis (0-7).

Saturday, May 7, 2011, 2:35pm

The Tennessean - [Full Article]

Titans GM Mike Reinfeldt on who the Titans might add as a veteran quarterback: “It might be a guy we might like for two or three years. Because of the free agency, I can’t mention those guys by name, but Kerry Collins would be in that mix and there’s probably either three or four other guys that are worth talking about, either through trade or free agency.”

Reinfeldt on the future of second-year quarterback Rusty Smith: “He’s still got all the tools. I think he’s a young man that has a chance to play in the league for a number of years. He might not be a starter, but he could be a pretty darn good backup for a while. He’s got all the things you look for: the strong arm, the good size and he’s got a good touch, a quick release.”

Titans HC Munchak: Vince Young wont be back
Friday, April 22, 2011, 10:51am

The Tennessean - [Full Article]

Anyone operating under the assumption Vince Young could remain with the Titans can forget about it. Coach Mike Munchak reiterated Thursday that the team and the quarterback will part ways, no matter what happens in the NFL draft. The fact that the verdict was reached on Jeff Fisher’s watch changes nothing, said Munchak, whose focus is on identifying the next Titans quarterback and whether that player might come from an intriguing group of draft prospects next week.

“That was a decision made months ago and nothing that is going to happen personnel-wise, or how the draft goes, is going to change that,’’ said Munchak, who replaced Fisher in February. “It wasn’t just a Jeff Fisher decision — I think people kind of have that feeling because it happened back then we could change our decision.”

Fantasy Impact:

With Kerry Collins a free agent, some had speculated the Titans would re-think their stance on Vince Young. That's not going to happen. Look for the Titans to pursue a QB in both the draft and in free agency. We saw all we needed to see from Rusty Smith last year - 20 of 40 for 200 yards, 0 TDs & 4 INTs.

TE Scaife out again for Titans
Sunday, January 2, 2011, 3:11pm

Titans Inactives
Vincent Fuller DB
Justin Gage WR
Jovan Haye DT
Robert Johnson DB
Troy Kropog T
Bo Scaife TE
Rusty Smith QB
David Thornton OLB

Kenny Britt active for Titans
Thursday, December 9, 2010, 7:22pm

Titans Inactives
Dave Ball DE
Lavelle Hawkins WR
Robert Johnson DB
Troy Kropog T
Sen'Derrick Marks DT
Ryan Mouton CB
Rusty Smith QB
David Thornton OLB

Fantasy Impact:

Kenny Britt is active for the first time since week 8 and is expected to see more playing time than Randy Moss. He's still a risky fantasy start in his first week back.

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QB Collins looking to be this week starter for Titans
Thursday, December 2, 2010, 4:27pm

Nashville Tennessean - [Full Article]

It's looking more likely that veteran quarterback Kerry Collins will return to the starting lineup on Sunday when the Titans host the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Collins hasn't played since straining a calf muscle on Nov. 14, but practiced in a limited capacity Wednesday — his first practice since the injury.

"I've come a long way since (the injury) happened," Collins said. "I'm feeling better. I'm feeling as good now as I have since it happened. I'm just trying to get my strength back and get better with every day that passes."

Titans Coach Jeff Fisher said Collins has improved since Sunday, when he was the back-up behind rookie Rusty Smith. Fisher added that his return gave the Titans some extra energy.

"It's already been a significant boost for them, knowing that he has a good chance to play," Fisher said. "Obviously we can do a little bit more, game-plan wise. Guys are excited."

Fantasy Impact:

The Titans needs Collins to have any chance to win. With Rusty Smith under center and now threat of a passing game, Chris Johnson was held to seven carries and five yards and the Titans had 0 points.

Titan Notes: CJ, Collins
Monday, November 29, 2010, 11:07am

Nashville Tennesseean - [Full Article]

Johnson had just 2 yards on three carries in the first half, and managed a career-low 5 yards in the game.

It seemed like every time Johnson got his hands on the football, a Texan was waiting for him.

"We just have to watch film and see what happened,'' Johnson said. "We weren't able to run the ball at all so I'm not sure."

Later on Twitter, Johnson posted: "I pray I don't have another game like today even tho it was out of my hands."

Collins could be back
Quarterback Kerry Collins (calf) worked out on the field prior to kickoff and moved well enough to convince coaches and trainers he could backup rookie Rusty Smith.

Collins hasn't practiced since suffering the injury on Nov. 14. Chris Simms was the No. 3 quarterback.

Fisher said Collins would be "day to day" this week leading up to Sunday's game against the Jaguars at LP Field.

Fantasy Impact:

The return of Collins should help Johnson next week against the Jags, but this offense is struggling pretty bad. When you don't have a threat of a passing game, it doesn't bode well for Johnson owners.