Now, he’s the latest weapon in the Titans’ crop of exciting aerial targets. Tennessee selected Corey Davis, Taywan Taylor and Jonnu Smith all within the first three rounds of the 2017 NFL Draft. The newcomers will join Rishard Matthews and Delanie Walker, who both reached the 800-yard plateau this past season and combined for 16 scores.
For Decker, this one-year prove-it deal isn’t the end of the world. Before his injury-riddled 2016, he had been one of the most consistent wideouts in the league in Denver and New York. At 30 years old, he can still command a line of suitors offering him multi-year contracts next offseason if he can get back on track with Mariota at the helm.
Tennessee Titans safety Michael Griffin, who was hit with a franchise tag earlier this offseason, signed a waiver on Monday so that he could participate in the Titans’ offseason workout program, the Tennessean reported.
The waiver would protect Griffin so that he could work out with the team, according to NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora.
The NFL announced Monday a decision on the location of the Jacksonville Jaguars game against the Tennessee Titans, scheduled for 1 p.m. ET on Sunday in Jacksonville, is pending after Hurricane Irma slammed the city over the weekend.
Jacksonville is dealing with “record storm surge and immense flooding,” CNN reported, with many parts of downtown, including streets near EverBank Field, under feet of water.
That’s exactly what happened in Dallas when quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott claimed the 2016 Offensive Rookie of the Year Award and the league rushing title, respectively, while helping the Cowboys win the NFC East and the No. 1 seed in the NFC with their spectacular play. While most of the football world expect Elliott (the fourth overall pick in the draft) to make an immediate impact on the offense, there weren’t many coaches, scouts or observers who thought Prescott (pick No. 135) would thrive as the team’s QB1 following Tony Romo’s injury.
In fact, I’m not so sure the Cowboys were sold on Prescott as a QB1, based on the team settling on him only after whiffing on Paxton Lynch and Connor Cook earlier in the draft. With that in mind, I believe it takes a little luck and the right set of circumstances for a collection of rookies to take the league by storm.
Jamie Collins remains a multi-talented chess piece who’s squarely in his prime at age 27. And first-round pick Jabrill Peppers brings another versatile skill set to this defense. Meanwhile, two-time Pro Bowl CB Joe Haden’s talking about being the healthiest he’s been in years. First-year defensive coordinator Gregg Williams has a lot to work with here.
On the other side of the ball, quarterback Brock Osweiler suddenly seems rejuvenated. Could this be another case of Hue Jackson working wonders? We’ll have to see how the preseason plays out. But DeShone Kizer has shown signs of being further along than we were led to believe in the pre-draft process. He’ll definitely see game action this year — the only question is when. After all, the Browns need to figure out if he’s a long-term answer, because the 2018 NFL Draft seems like it’s going to be loaded at the QB position. (Or could Jimmy Garoppolo be in play in free agency?) Personally, I like Kizer’s upside. And whoever is playing quarterback will be helped by a rock-solid offensive line.
The Titans own one of the top tackle tandems in Taylor Lewan and Jack Conklin, guards Josh Kline and Quinton Spain are among the top third at their positions, and Ben Jones is a top 10 center.
Tennessee ranked third in the NFL in rushing yards in 2016, with four yards per carry, and allowed the seventh-fewest sacks in the NFL. The Cowboys line last year — roundly believed to be the best in the NFL — helped Ezekiel Elliott lead the NFL in rushing and gave up the same number of sacks (28) as the Titans.