Wed, Jul 7th 4:00pm EDT
By Dave Kluge
Joe Rexrode with The Athletic is stating that although the Titans viewed Darrynton Evans as an afterthought last season, he should see an increased role as a change of pace back in 2021. Rexrode pegged Evans as the Titans' breakout candidate. (Source: The Athletic)
Fantasy Impact: Evans played just five games through an injury-plagued rookie campaign as Derrick Henry rumbled his way to a 2,027-rushing yard season. Now, heading into his second year, Evans is healthy and expected to take on a change of pace role alongside his 27-year-old superstar teammate. Henry saw a career-high 31 targets last year, but that was mainly due to lack of competition in the backfield. Evans has been spotted at camp taking reps with the wide receivers and could help spell Henry as he heads into his sixth season. Including playoffs, Henry has an obscene 782 carries over the last two years. No other running back in the league has seen more than 600 over that stretch. With Titans' offensive coordinator Arthur Smith leaving Tennessee and Julio Jones joining the team, this could be a very different Titans squad than what we've seen in the recent past. Currently ranked as the RB61 according to our Expert Consensus rankings, involvement in the passing game could make Evans more than just a handcuff. He is a decent late-round target in fantasy drafts.
Wed, Jun 30th 11:35am EDT
By Zak McDonald
Titans WR A.J. Brown says he's still recovering from offseason surgery on both of his knees from an injury suffered early in the 2020 season. (Source: Jim Wyatt on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Brown missed the Titans off-season workouts to continue recovering from surgery. "I am not getting impatient but excited," Brown says. "I have been rehabbing, and I have been taking it slow. I'll be back out there soon". The Titans star WR thought his season was over in week 2 of last year, but he still managed to play through the pain and produce over 1,000 yards and 11 touchdowns in 14 games. Brown's absence at offseason workouts shouldn't be a concern. If anything, it's encouraging to know that he performed so well last year while playing hurt.
Category: Injury Updates
Wed, Jun 16th 1:23pm EDT
By Ari Koslow
Bud Dupree is reportedly on track in his expected recovery schedule from ACL surgery he underwent. (Source: TitansInsider )
Fantasy Impact: Dupree is expected to avoid the PUP list and should be ready for training camp barring any setbacks. He might be limited early on, but any reps will be good. Tennessee gave him a five-year, $83 million contract back in March.
Category: Injury Updates
Thu, Jun 10th 12:27pm EDT
By Brendan Tuma
ESPN's Dianna Russini reports that new Titans WR Julio Jones is 100% healthy and is at the team's facility for minicamp. (Source: Dianna Russini on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Jones has avoided minicamp in recent years, but he's seemingly motivated after switching teams this past week. Still, his presence is probably more about learning Tennessee's playbook. Keeping him healthy heading into training camp (and ultimately Week 1) is the top priority.
Tue, Jun 8th 12:20pm EDT
By Matthew MacKay
Tennessee Titans QB Ryan Tannehill is reportedly restructuring his contract to create over $15 million in cap space, helping the franchise complete the signing of perennial Pro-Bowl WR Julio Jones, per Ian Rapoport. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Tannehill will undergo a simple contract restructure to allow the Titans to create the cap space necessary to sign Jones. The Titans acquired Jones in exchange for a 2022 second-round draft pick and a 2023 fourth-round draft pick, allowing him to join forces with A.J. Brown and Derrick Henry to rejuvenate their roster and increase their chances of contending for a Super Bowl in 2021-22. As a result of signing Jones, Tannehill's pre-season ADP has risen into QB1 territory at QB11 in half-PPR rankings based on the arsenal of weapons he now finds at his disposal.
Fri, Jun 4th 1:01pm EDT
By Brendan Tuma
Turron Davenport of ESPN writes that "it's clear" Josh Reynolds will begin the 2021 season as the Titans' No. 2 wide receiver. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: Tennessee has a glaring lack of receiving options behind superstar A.J. Brown. Both Jonnu Smith and Corey Davis left in free agency, and the team didn't add a notable pass catcher in the draft. Reynolds should see a fantasy-relevant number of targets, but the lack of wide receiver depth probably does more for AJB's overall WR1 potential.
Wed, Jun 2nd 6:04pm EDT
By Matthew MacKay
Former Tennessee Titans TE MyCole Pruitt has reportedly signed a deal with the San Francisco 49ers, per Tom Pelissero. (Source: Tom Pelissero on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Pruitt enters his seventh year in the league as a member of the San Francisco 49ers, spending his last three seasons primarily as a blocking tight end for the Titans. Expect 49ers' head coach Kyle Shannahan to use Pruitt in a similar way, as he saw only 27 targets during his three-year tenure in Tennesse but started at least 11 games in each season. Pruitt's signing will help the 49ers seal blocks on the edge, which is a key component of the run-centric offense. As it stands, this signing does nothing to devalue George Kittle in any fantasy format but could elevate Raheem Mostert, Wayne Gallman, and Trey Sermon.
Fri, May 28th 10:34am EDT
By Andersen Pickard
According to Titans reporter Jim Wyatt, tight end Anthony Firkser was the busiest pass catcher during Thursday's OTAs. Wyatt says he "counted four catches from [Firkser] during a quick stretch, including back-to-back snags during a team period." (Source: TennesseeTitans.com)
Fantasy Impact: Firkser was targeted just over three times per game last year, but that was in the No. 2 role behind Jonnu Smith. The latter, who saw five targets per game, signed with New England this offseason, leaving a clear path for Firkser to rise to No. 1 in 2021. He re-signed with the Titans on a one-year deal and could be in for a big year in a busy, fast-paced offense. It's worth noting that the team's new offensive coordinator is Todd Downing, who was Tennessee's tight ends coach from 2019-20; this certainly can't hurt Firkser's stock. He ranks 26th among tight ends in the latest expert consensus redraft rankings.
The Tennessee Titans have officially signed their first-round pick CB Caleb Farley. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Farley was a dynamic playmaker in the Virginia Tech secondary, and if he can stay healthy he will be an excellent addition to the Titans defense.
Free agent RB D’Onta Foreman is trying out with the Seahawks. (Source: Liz Matthews of USA Today)
Fantasy Impact: Foreman played in six games for the Titans in 2020. He logged 22 carries for 95 yards while hauling in one reception for five yards and a touchdown. Foreman failed to make an impact in his career after being drafted in the third round by the Texans in the 2017 NFL Draft. The 25-year-old RB spent two seasons in Houston before being released and signed off waivers by the Colts. He was out of football in 2019 but signed with the Titans last season. Foreman will try to latch onto the Seahawks as backfield depth.
Wed, Apr 14th 12:30pm EDT
By Dave Kluge
The Cleveland Browns and Jadeveon Clowney have agreed to terms on a one-year deal after his scheduled physical with the team. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Clowney had been tied to rumors with the Browns for years and they finally land the 28-year-old former first overall pick. After playing aside J.J. Watt for years in Houston, he totalled 29 sacks with the Texans. Then, Clowney went to Seattle for a year and made a minimal impact. Now, he gets to play with superstar Myles Garrett on what is suddenly a very formidable defensive front. Clowney will likely come cheap in IDP leagues this season and has a sky-high ceiling.
Desmond King is signing with the Texans on a one-year, $3.5 million deal, according to Adam Schefter.
Fantasy Impact: King was Pro Football Focus' 40th-ranked cornerback last season. He allowed less than 50 yards in coverage in all but three of a possible 15 games with the Titans and Chargers. The latter traded him to the former midseason.
Wed, Mar 17th 5:24pm EDT
By Avram Avramov
Per Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, the Titans have re-signed LB Jayon Brown to a one-year, $5.25M deal. (Source: Tom Pelissero on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Brown, 26-years old, will remain with the Titans for 2021 following his one-year, $5.25M deal. In Week 11 of 2020, Brown fractured and dislocated his elbow causing him to miss the remainder of the season. Prior to his injury Brown had 76 total tackles and one sack. Ultimately, Brown is betting on himself by returning to Tennessee in an effort to rebuild his value on the open market.
The Titans have released cornerback Adoree' Jackson. Releasing the former first-round pick creates $10.244 million in cap space for Tennessee. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Jackson, 25, appeared in 43 games from 2017 to 2019. However, his status took a hit in 2020 as a knee injury held him out until Week 15. Over 46 career games (41 starts), he has two interceptions, 33 passes defended, and 200 tackles. He also has some experience on special teams, returning 53 punts (464 yards) and 27 kickoffs (601 yards) in his first three years as a pro.
The Titans and tight end Geoff Swaim have agreed to terms on a one-year deal to keep the tight end in Tennessee, according to multiple reports. (Source: Terry McCormick on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Swaim is one of those players who is a better NFL player than he is an asset in fantasy. In 2020, Swaim caught nine of his 12 targets for 83 yards and one touchdown. There is an opening at the position with fellow tight end Jonnu Smith leaving to sign with the New England Patriots in free agency, but it's likely the Titans will look elsewhere to improve the position while keeping Swaim in his role as a blocker.
Mon, Mar 15th 7:56pm EDT
By Dan Titus
According to sources, Former Titans’ WR Corey Davis will sign a three-year, $37.5M deal with the New York Jets. He'll reportedly get $27 million guaranteed. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Talk about a pay-day. Davis lands with the Jets and will likely become their WR1 immediately. Jamison Crowder is a UFA, and Denzel Mims didn't do much in his rookie campaign to compete with Davis. If the Jets can make a move for an elite QB like Russell Wilson or Deshaun Watson, lookout. Davis rebounded for his best season to date in 2020, posting 65 receptions for 984 yards and five touchdowns. He should be a target for fantasy managers next season as the leading candidate to soak up targets for the Jets.
Mon, Mar 15th 1:01pm EDT
By Lee Wehry
ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted that the Patriots are reportedly signing free-agent TE Jonnu Smith to a 4-year, $50M contract. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: This is a great landing for Smith from a fantasy standpoint. The Patriots have one of the weakest WR cores in the league, and Smith's athleticism makes him a matchup nightmare. The recently re-signed Cam Newton has shown a tendency to favor the TE in the past (Greg Olsen), and at this time, Smith is the number one option on that offense. He should be locked in as a TE1 for the 2021 season. The deal reportedly will include $31.25M fully guaranteed.
The Titans released DB Kenny Vaccaro. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: His release saves $3.9 million in cap space as teams continue to navigate the reduced salary cap. Vaccaro is unlikely to net a big payday in free agency next week.
Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Titans are releasing veteran cornerback Malcolm Butler. (Source: Ian Rapoport of NFL Network)
Fantasy Impact: The release of Butler comes at no surprise at he was carrying a $10 million cap hit for 2021. The veteran CB had 100 tackles and four interceptions across 16 games last season.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that Isaiah Wilson has been traded to the Dolphins in exchange for swapping picks. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Wilson expressed his disdain for the Titans this off-season and asked for a trade. The Titans found a suitor and Wilson will now protect Tua Tagovailoa in Miami. The Titans drafted Wilson with their first-round pick in 2020.