Colin Kaepernick Never a Thought for the Titans After Mariota’s Injury

The Titans were in the market for a backup quarterback due to starter Marcus Mariota’s hamstring injury, but they weren’t interested in signing free agent Colin Kaepernick, Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com reports.

Titans coach Mike Mularkey said familiarity was the biggest factor in the team’s decision to sign Brandon Weeden.

“I’m not aware if there was,” Mularkey said of interest in Kaepernick. “I know he’s not familiar with our offense. I know T.J. Yates had some experience with it in Atlanta and with us for a couple of weeks.”

Weeden and Yates were two of four quarterbacks who worked out for the Titans on Tuesday. Matt Barkley and Matt McGloin were the other participants. All four have struggled as backup quarterbacks for various NFL teams.

The Titans’ front office makes decisions on who to bring in for workouts. Mularkey cited Weeden’s time in Dallas with offensive coordinator Scott Linehan, who Mularkey pulled from to create his scheme, as a prime source of familiarity.

“As quickly as we could get somebody up to speed in a short amount of time, he had the advantage over everybody,” said Mularkey, who said Weeden “threw the ball well” Wednesday. “Formationally and schematically, it’s very similar.”

Weeden has completed 58 percent of his passes and thrown 31 touchdowns and 30 interceptions in his five NFL seasons. He’s 6-19 in starts.

Kaepernick, meanwhile, has completed 60 percent of his passes and thrown for 72 touchdowns and 30 interceptions in his six NFL seasons. He’s 28-30 in starts.

He also appears to fit the Titans’ scheme, which uses a lot of read-option and run-pass option plays.

Kaepernick, who led the San Franscisco 49ers to a Super Bowl in 2012, has been unsigned since March. He remains the face of NFL players who choose to protest social injustice and police brutality after he kneeled during the anthem throughout the 2016 season to bring awareness to those issues.

Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine Becomes A Proud Sponsor Of The Tennessee Titans

Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine

Have you heard the news? Ole Smoky Distillery has become an official sponsor of the Tennessee Titans. Starting with the 2017 season, Ole Smoky Moonshine will be available throughout Nissan Stadium during each home game.

“Nothing screams Tennessee spirit more than Titans football and Ole Smoky Moonshine,” says Ralph Ockenfels VP of Marketing for the Tennessee Titans. “The state pride we see amongst our fans is remarkable and we are confident they will enjoy sipping on ‘shine during the games.”

With this sponsorship comes Ole Smoky branding throughout the stadium, signature moonshine cocktails served at multiple bars and availability within suites inside the arena. The featured cocktails include a Bloody Mary, Blackberry Lemonade, Apple Ginger, and Lightnin’ Margarita. Yum!

Extending beyond the stadium, Ole Smoky and the Titans will also be featured on in-store point of sale, cocktail features at local establishments and a regional sweepstakes.

“We could not be more excited to work with the Titans,” says Robert Hall CEO of Ole Smoky. “This is the first time Ole Smoky has worked with an NFL team and we foresee great success for the two Tennessee based brands.”

The moonshine company has signed a multi-year contract with the team, which means this fall is just the beginning of many amazing activations. If you haven’t tried this stuff yet, make sure you do, because it’s pretty amazing!

For more information about Ole Smoky please visit www.olesmoky.com.

Titans WR Rishard Matthews: “I Plan to Kneel Until the President Apologizes”

Titans receiver Rishard Matthews was one of many NFL players that felt personally attacked by President Donald Trump’s comments against the NFL and its protesting players, most notably the “son of a bitch” reference, and he now plans to use his platform to advance the protest, Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com reports.

“I plan to kneel until the president apologizes for the comments that he made because I felt like those were very disrespectful comments that he made,” Matthews said on ESPN’s NFL Live Tuesday. “The league is made up of I think over 70 percent of African-Americans so the people that would be kneeling for this cause would be African-Americans. To keep it honest, he was calling a lot of us and he was calling me an S.O.B. and that’s not OK and very disrespectful. So, I plan to kneel until the president apologizes.”

President Trump was asked about his issue with the NFL at the White House on Tuesday and said he was “ashamed of what was taking place” with players kneeling during the national anthem.

“I wasn’t preoccupied with the NFL, I was ashamed of what was taking place,” he said, adding that “the NFL situation is a very important situation.”

“Many people have died, many people have been horribly injured and they were fighting for our country, our flag, our national anthem, and for people to disrespect that by kneeling during the playing of our national anthem I think is disgraceful,” he said.

Titans Starting Safety Johnathan Cyprien to Miss a Few Weeks

(The Florida Times-Union, Will Dickey)

Titans head coach Mike Mularkey said Monday that starting safety Johnathan Cyprien will be out for “a few weeks,” Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com reports.

Cyprien suffered a hamstring injury halfway through the fourth quarter of the Titans’ 26-16 loss to the Raiders and did not return. The Titans called it a strained hamstring after the game.

“Fortunately, we have some depth at that position,” Mularkey said. “We have some guys that can step in.”

Da’Norris Searcy, who started 14 games for the Titans last season, will step in for Cyprien. The Titans also have safeties Brynden Trawick and Curtis Riley on the 53-man roster.

Cyprien, who signed a four-year, $25 million deal to leave Jacksonville for Tennessee in March, struggled with tackling and taking bad angles against the Raiders, but he was looking forward to rebounding in his return to Jacksonville.

NFL Week One Inactives – Raiders at Titans

The Raiders have declared CB Gareon Conley, QB Connor Cook, DT Darius Latham, S Keith McGill, FB Jamize Olawale, OT David Sharpe, OT Jylan Ware inactive for Week 1.

The Tennessee Titans have declared LB Josh Carraway, LB Kevin Dodd, DL David King, OL Corey Levin, LB Nate Palmer, S Curtis Riley, CB LeShaun Sims inactive for Week 1.

Miller Light Kicks Off Football Season With Free Rides For Titans Fans

Miller Lite Football

For the third season, the Original Light Beer is providing safe and free rides to Titans fans on game day. In partnership with the Regional Transportation Authority of Middle Tennessee (RTA) and DET Distributing Company, Miller Lite will give away free rides on the Music City Star commuter train to fans for all regular season home games beginning September 10.

“As a company, MillerCoors believes that drunk driving is  preventable and is committed to making sure football fans in the Nashville community can enjoy Miller Lite and game day responsibly,” said Diane Wager, alcohol responsibility manager for MillerCoors. “Through continued partnerships with RTA and DET Distributing, the Free Rides program lets fans enjoy games while providing a safe and free transportation alternative.”

Titans fans are able to reserve their train tickets two weeks in advance of each game at TicketsNashville.com. The Music City Star Game-Day Express covers all destinations east of Nashville all the way to Lebanon in Wilson County. Specific route and schedule information is available at www.musiccitystar.org and departure schedule will be noted on tickets.

“We’re excited to partner with Miller Lite once again to offer free train rides on game-day,” said Steve Bland, Nashville MTA and RTA Chief Executive Officer. “Our top priority is always the safety and security of our customers, so we’re pleased to provide Titans fans with an easy and convenient way to enjoy all home games.”

“We’re proud to be partnering with Miller Lite and the RTA to bring Free Rides back to Nashville for the Titans’ entire home season,” said Fred Dettwiller, President of DET Distributing. “We hope people will make a plan and let the Free Rides program be their designated driver this season to keep our roadways safe.”

As part of the 2025 Global Goals MillerCoors developed in partnership with Molson Coors, we aim to implement impactful programs to prevent drunk driving in every market where we sell beer. Designated driver and safe ride programs like Miller Lite Free Rides are critical components of meeting that goal.

Since the Free Rides program’s inception 29 years ago, safe rides have been provided to more than 5 million people in 26 cities. During the 2016-2017 regular season, Miller Lite provided more than 6,000 free rides to Titans fans. The program has earned the full support of state and local law enforcement and is part of MillerCoors overall commitment to preventing drunk driving.

Throughout the 2017-2018 professional football season, Miller Lite Free Rides will also be offered in Atlanta; Cincinnati; and Philadelphia.

For more information, visit www.MillerLiteFreeRides.com

Titans Co-Owner Selling Her Stake in Team

Susie Adams Smith is selling her share of the Titans’ parent company, KSA Industries, which was founded by her late father, Bud Adams, Jason Wolf of the Tennessean reports.

The company includes several businesses in addition to the NFL team, including oil, gas and real estate.

Her sister, Amy Adams Strunk, also owns one-third of the company and will remain the team’s controlling owner.

The Titans released a statement on Tuesday afternoon from Adams Strunk:

“Recently Susie (Smith) began the process of selling her portion of KSA Industries, which includes a fractional indirect interest in the Tennessee Titans. We respect her right to make this decision and will cooperate fully with the process, which will not impact team operations in any way.

“Regardless of the outcome of this process, I will continue to serve as the controlling owner of the Titans. The remaining two-thirds of the team controlled by myself, Kenneth Adams IV, Barclay Adams and Susan Lewis is not and has never been for sale.

“Both personally and as a group, we have invested time, effort and capital to improve this franchise and we are excited to see the results on and off the field for years go come.”

Earlier today, Titans president and CEO Steve Underwood told Bloomberg: “Amy Strunk before, after and during the sale will remain in full and complete control of Titans operations. Literally nothing will change about our day-to-day operations.”

Forbes valued the Titans at $2 billion in 2016, making Smith’s stake worth approximately $660 million. The Titans are the 24th most-valuable team in the league.

Titans QB Marcus Mariota Progressing, Still Feeling Leg Stiffness

Marcus Mariota is starting to feel the toll the NFL takes your body, Colton Pouncy of the Tennessean reports. Especially when coming off of a fractured fibula like the one Mariota suffered in December.

“It takes me a little longer to warm up,” Mariota said when asked about his leg at Thursday’s Titans training camp practice, slightly laughing. “It gets stiff once practice kind of stops and we’re done for the day. But that’s just how it is. That’s what’s going to happen. If I gotta spend an extra five to 10 minutes to get my body prepared, I’ll do that.”

Mariota hasn’t hesitated to roll out. He’s throwing on the run and planting on that surgically repaired right leg that has a metal plate.

“It’s feeling better with every day,” Mariota said. “We haven’t had a setback or anything like that. So, you know, a lot of credit goes to the training staff here for helping me get warmed up and helping me once the practice is done getting prepared for the next day.”