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Titans Announce Fans to Be Allowed in a Limited Capacity to Attend Home Games in 2020

Titans fans who love being live at games are rejoicing today at the news that fans are going to be allowed into Nissan Stadium for the rest of the 2020 season.

The team’s site announced Thursday that the stadium will “open at limited capacity beginning with the team’s October 4 contest against the Pittsburgh Steelers. After that, the attendance will gradually increase for games in October with the goal of reaching a fixed capacity for the remaining games in November and December.”

This Sunday’s home game against the Jacksonville Jaguars will be closed to the general public.

The club released how the uptick in fans at home games will work moving forward:

The team’s October 4 game against the Steelers will be open to season ticket members up to 10 percent, which is roughly 7,000 fans in the lower bowl and club levels.

The October 11 game against the Bills will allow 12.5 percent, or roughly 8,600.

The October 18 game against the Texans will allow 15 percent, or roughly 10,400.

After that – the Titans are scheduled to play two games at Nissan Stadium in November (vs. Chicago and Indianapolis) and two games in December (vs. Cleveland and Detroit — capacity could reach 21 percent, roughly 14,500 fans, which is the maximum capacity the facility can accommodate under current CDC guidelines. Outside of the seating bowl, suites will operate at a limited capacity.

Who Will Win The AFC South?

It’s hard to find a more balanced division in the NFL than the AFC South. The two teams that went to the playoffs from the division in 2019 aren’t the betting favorites in 2020. That should tell you everything you need to know about how wide open the AFC South is this season.

Houston Texans

The Texans are the reigning AFC South champs but begin 2020 with the third-best odds to win the division at +350. They also have modest +5000 NFL line to win the Super Bowl, according to DraftKings. While Houston remains in good hands with Deshaun Watson, things will be a little different after the team traded away De’Andre Hopkins. Plenty of talent remains, but key figures Will Fuller and Brandin Cooks have a troublesome injury history that could leave Watson and company a little short-handed.

If the Texans aren’t firing on all cylinders offensively, it’ll be difficult to win given how poor the Houston defense was last season. On paper, the Texans don’t look any better on defense than they did a year ago. If J.J. Watt and the team’s young pass rushers can’t do a better job of pressuring quarterbacks, it’ll be difficult for the Texans to repeat as division champions.

Indianapolis Colts

One year after losing Andrew Luck on the eve of the season, the Colts are the betting favorites in the AFC South at +120. Indy is also +2200 to win the Super Bowl, potentially making them an intriguing dark horse. The biggest reason for optimism is the arrival of Philip Rivers. Granted, Rivers is 38 and coming off a down year, but he should be an upgrade of Jacoby Brissett. Keep in mind that Indy has a top-notch offensive line and had a top-10 rushing attack last year. Adding Rivers to the equation should result in a substantial step forward for the offense.

On the other side of the ball, the Indianapolis front-7 could help give the Colts a top-10 defense. The addition of DeForest Buckner is huge for the Indy defensive line, especially with Justin Houston on the outside. The Colts also have one of the best linebackers in the NFL in Darius Leonard. The Indy defense may not be elite in 2020, but they will be far from a liability and give the Colts a chance to return to the playoffs if Rivers turns out to be a good fit.

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars are undoubtedly the black sheep in the AFC South heading into 2020. They have the worst Super Bowl odds in the league at +17500 and are +2200 to win the division. This Jags team will compete for one thing this year and that is consensus pick for the worst team in the league. Not only are expectations low, but head coach Doug Marrone is squarely on the hot seat. Marrone is tying his fortunes to second-year quarterback Gardner Minshew, who provided a spark for the Jacksonville offense last year but will need a lot of help around him.

Marrone appears to be banking that the Jacksonville defense can get back to the same level attained in 2017. However, much of the star power from that defense is gone. Instead, the Jaguars will have to rely on four first-round picks from the last three drafts, including a pair of rookies, to give them a formidable defense. If the defense doesn’t improve considerably, it’s questionable whether Minshew can win games on his own.

Tennessee Titans

After reaching the AFC Championship Game last year, Tennessee has high hopes in 2020. Of course, the Titans only have the second-best odds to win the AFC South at +160 along with modest +2800 Super Bowl odds. There is little doubt that the Titans will be able to run the ball with Derrick Henry. The question is whether Ryan Tannehill can live up to his new $118 million contract. Can Tannehill build off what he did last season or will he prove to be little more than a game manager? The people who make NFL expert picks for a living feasted on the Titans last year against the spread, will that trend continue in 2020? 

Meanwhile, there are a few questions about the Tennessee defense, which was instrumental in the team’s playoff run last season. Both Jurrell Casey and Logan Ryan leave big shoes to fill. Plus, the Titans are going without a defensive coordinator after Dean Pees retired. Exactly how that will work and whether it’ll hinder the Tennessee defense remains to be seen.

Is Titans TE Jonnu Smith Ready for a Breakout Season in 2020?

As the Titans get set for what should be an odd 2020 season, there’s one player on their roster that could be due for a big season, that being tight end Jonnu Smith.

NFL.com today has a piece out with breakout stars from around the NFL, and Smith. is right at the top of the list.

Here’s what Michael Silver had to say about the tight end.

Last season on Dec. 15, I returned to my seat in the front row of the Nissan Field press box after an end-of-the-third-quarter coffee break, eager for some action. Two playoff-bound teams, the Houston Texans and Tennessee Titans, were waging a tight, relatively unremarkable battle for AFC South supremacy, and the caffeine infusion seemed exceedingly necessary.

Trailing 14-7 with the ball at their own 27-yard line, the Titans called a run-of-the-mill toss to running back Derrick Henry, who expertly sashayed through a series of small openings and raced to the right sideline. Except — as I finally noticed about 20 yards in, with the action unfolding right in front of my vantage point — it wasn’t Derrick Henry.

Rather, the ball-carrier was a guy wearing No. 81 who looked like Henry, ran like Henry and, as he pulled into the secondary, seemed like he might be even faster than Henry.

The man who’d taken the pitch from Ryan Tannehill and rambled 57 yards before being dragged down from behind by Texans safety Justin Reid was, in fact, tight end Jonnu Smith. I sat there with my mouth open, watching the replay over and over. By game’s end, Smith had caught five passes for 60 yards, blocked his face off and basically convinced me he’s the Next Big Thing.

The Titans selected Smith, a former Florida International standout, in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft. He has steadily increased his production and, by all rights, 2020 will be the season he breaks out and becomes a bona fide star.

My reasoning: He’s too good not to. The 6-3, 248-pounder has incredible speed and athleticism for his size, and the Titans are a team still searching for consistent weapons in the passing game. Wideout A.J. Brown had a promising rookie season in 2019 and should continue to improve, but if I’m Tannehill, I’m looking for No. 81 early and often this year.

Video: The Tennessee Titans 2019 Highlight Film – Remember These Titans

The 2019 season was the Tennessee Titans’ 60th in the National Football League, their 20th playing their home games at Nissan Stadium, and their 2nd under head coach Mike Vrabel.

Titans LT Taylor Lewan Glad the Team Didn’t Ink Tom Brady

Titans left tackle Taylor Lewan says that Tom Brady’s pedestrian golf skills temper the sting of not signing “the best football player of all time,” Samantha Previte of the New York Post reports.

“As far as Tom Brady coming, Tom Brady is the best football player of all time there’s no argument there,” Lewan told Michael Giardi of NFL Network recently. “He’s a really bad golfer which makes us all feel a lot better about ourselves.”

Brady, 42, was frequently linked to the Titans — who quelled the Patriots’ playoff bid in the AFC wild-card round — this offseason with quarterback Ryan Tannehill’s future up-in-the-air.

“You watch the headlines, you become a fan. You’re looking, ‘OK, is he coming? Is he not? What’s going on?’” Lewan said of Brady, who ultimately signed a two-year, $50 million deal with the Buccaneers.

The speculative connection was due in part to Brady’s relationship with Titans head coach and former Patriots linebacker, Mike Vrabel. Brady and Vrabel were teammates from 2001-2008 and were members of three Super Bowl-winning teams together. The two have remained close since Vrabel left New England and FaceTime each other like “girlfriends on a weekend.”

“Him and Vrabel are friends, and I think Vrabel wants him to be a little bit more friends than they actually are, and I don’t know the whole gig,” Lewan said.

The Titans were the first of Brady’s publicized suitors to drop out of the sweepstakes, and gave Tannehill a four-year, $118 million extension before the start of free agency. Lewan was quick to praise the 31-year-old signal-caller, who was named the NFL Comeback Player of the Year in February.

“At the end of the day, I’m happy we stuck with Ryan [Tannehill],” Lewan added. “I’m happy that Ryan is on the team because I think he’s the right guy for the job to get us to the next step.”

Titans 2020 Schedule Released, Team to Open on MNF in Denver

The Titans 2020 schedule has been released, and the team will be on the road at Denver for a Monday night showdown in week one of the season.

The home opener will be in week two against the Jags, a team they have beaten up on as of late. Here’s the complete 2020 slate:

Sept. 14 (Monday): at Denver, 9:10 p.m., ESPN

Sept. 20: vs. Jacksonville, noon, CBS

Sept. 27: at Minnesota, noon, CBS

Oct. 4: vs. Pittsburgh, noon, CBS

Oct. 11: vs. Buffalo, noon, CBS

Oct. 18: vs. Houston, noon, CBS

Oct. 25: BYE

Nov. 1: at Cincinnati, noon, CBS

Nov. 8: vs. Chicago, noon, CBS

Nov. 12 (Thursday): vs. Indianapolis, 7:20 p.m., Fox/NFLN

Nov. 22: at Baltimore, noon, CBS

Nov. 29: at Indianapolis, noon, CBS

Dec. 6: vs. Cleveland, noon, CBS

Dec. 13: at Jacksonville, noon, CBS

Dec. 19 or 20: vs. Detroit, TBD, TBD

Dec. 27: at Green Bay, 7:20 p.m., NBC

Jan. 3: at Houston, noon, CBS

An Educated Guess at What the 2020 Titans Schedule Could Look Like

The 2020 Tennessee Titans schedule will be released in a televised event on Thursday night, and while we already know who the Titans will go up against and where, we don’t know in what order, or what may or may not be on prime time.

Here are the teams the Titans will play:

Home: Jaguars, Colts, Texans, Steelers, Browns, Bears, Lions, Bills
Away: Jaguars, Colts, Texans, Ravens, Bengals, Vikings, Packers, Broncos

Today we give a reminder of the teams that we will see the Titans in the 2020 season, and we give our guess in what order we will see them in.

(A quick sidebar – we are moving forward with this schedule as if the season will start and play out on time, with no issues due to the covid-19 pandemic).

Sunday 9/13 Week One at Green Bay
Sunday 9/20 Week Two at Indianapolis
Sunday 9/27 Week Three vs Pittsburgh (NBC Sunday Night Football)
Sunday 10/4 Week Four vs Buffalo
Sunday 10/11 Week Five at Denver
Sunday 10/18 Week Six BYE WEEK
Monday 10/26 Week Seven at Houston (Monday Night Football)
Sunday 11/01 Week Eight vs Jacksonville
Sunday 11/08 Week Nine vs Detroit
Sunday 11/15 Week Ten at Baltimore (NBC Sunday Night Football)
Sunday 11/22 Week Eleven vs Houston
Sunday 11/29 Week Twelve vs Cleveland
Sunday 12/06 Week Thirteen at Jacksonville
Sunday 12/13 Week Fourteen at Cincinnati
Sunday 12/20 Week Fifteen vs Chicago
Sunday 12/27 Week Sixteen at Minnesota
Sunday 01/03 Week Seventeen vs Indianapolis

Titans Don’t Pick Up 5th-Year Option on WR Corey Davis

The Titans have declined to pick up the fifth-year option on Corey Davis‘ rookie contract, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reports via Nick Shook of NFL.com.

Selected fifth overall in the 2017 draft, Davis came from Western Michigan as the 2016 Mid-American Conference Offensive Player of the Year and the all-time receiving yards leader in major college football. Davis packed with him the promise of stretching the field for a Titans team that desperately needed a receiver of that caliber.

He’s struggled to do so in his first three seasons. Davis’ best campaign came in his only full season of action (2018), in which he caught 65 passes for 891 yards and four touchdowns. His long reception of 51 yards offered a peek at what evaluators saw in him before the 2017 draft.

2019 saw Davis post his best yards-per-catch average (14) of his career, but he found himself in a receiving corps that included a new emergent star: A.J. Brown. The rookie finished with 52 receptions for 1,051 receiving yards and eight touchdowns and was a legitimate Pro Bowl candidate who didn’t end up making the team. He did, however, make the Pro Football Writers Association’s All-Rookie Team, recognition Brown undoubtedly deserved.

Davis, meanwhile, posted a line of 43 receptions for 601 yards and two touchdowns in 15 games.