Titans Take a Long Look at Clemson Wide Receiver Mike Williams

The Chargers and Titans took their evaluation of Mike Williams within a week of the 2017 NFL Draft, Chase Goodbread of NFL.com reports.

Both clubs have put the former Clemson wide receiver through a recent private workout, the Chargers last Thursday and the Titans on Saturday, per NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo.

Williams could be the first receiver selected in the draft, which begins Thursday night. The Chargers hold the No. 7 pick of the draft, but are expected to select a defensive player in the first round.

The Titans, however, hold two first-round picks (Nos. 5 and 18), and have a need at the position. NFL Network analyst Charley Casserly projects the Titans to take Williams with the No. 5 pick, though most analysts believe the club will address the need at No. 18.

A Look at the 2017 Titans Schedule with a Glance at the Good and the Bad

The 2017 NFL Schedule is out as well as the 2017 Tennessee Titans Schedule, and here’s a look at the slate for the upcoming season, with the home games in bold:

Sep. 10 Oakland Raiders 12:00 PM

Sep. 17 at Jacksonville Jaguars 12:00 PM

Sep. 24 Seattle Seahawks 3:05 PM

Oct. 1 at Houston Texans 12:00 PM

Oct. 8 at Miami Dolphins 12:00 PM

Oct. 16 Indianapolis Colts (Mon) 7:30 PM

Oct. 22 at Cleveland Browns 12:00 PM

Oct. 29 BYE

Nov. 5 Baltimore Ravens 12:00 PM

Nov. 12 Cincinnati Bengals 12:00 PM

Nov. 16 at Pittsburgh Steelers (Thu) 7:25 PM

Nov. 26 at Indianapolis Colts 12:00 PM

Dec. 3 Houston Texans 12:00 PM

Dec. 10 at Arizona Cardinals 3:05 PM

Dec. 17 at San Francisco 49ers 3:25 PM

Dec. 24 Los Angeles Rams 12:00 PM

Dec. 31 Jacksonville Jaguars 12:00 PM

What’s Good about this Schedule: Many feel that the Titans might be in for a playoff push in 2017, ad if so they have a great chance for two wins in the last two weeks as they will host the Rams on Christmas Eve and then the Jaguars on New Year’s Eve.

What’s Bad about this Schedule: Before the final two home games, the Titans will have a meat grinder, playing four of five on the road from November 16th to December 17th. That stretch could make or break this team and their playoff hopes.

Titans QB Marcus Mariota Feels He’ll Be Full Speed in 2-3 Weeks

An upbeat Marcus Mariota said he thinks he will be running full speed in two to three weeks and will be the same quarterback he was for the Tennessee Titans when he fully returns from the broken right fibula he suffered on Dec. 24, 2016, Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.com reports.

“There are great things here that have allowed me to push the envelope a little bit, whether it’s jogging, or doing some other stuff on the AlterG [anti-gravity] treadmill and stuff like that,” he said on the first day of the team’s offseason program.

“It’s more kind of working back those muscles that were stagnant for two months I was in a cast,” he said during his first news conference since the injury. “It’s kind of rebuilding those foundations back up, and I think we are in a good place …”

“It’s fun to get back in here, see the guys and get football going again.”

Mariota said he’s not patient, but knows what may be necessary.

“I understand that I’ve got a lot of time to get my body right and that’s my goal,” he said. “…. “Maybe another two to three weeks [until I am jogging]. Hopefully. I can’t give you an exact timetable. That’s the benchmark I am aiming for.”

Titans CB Jason McCourty Confirms He’s Been Released by Tennessee

Jason McCourty was unwilling to take a pay cut and subsequently cut by the Titans, the cornerback and his agent confirmed to Jason Wolf of the Tennessean, ending the franchise’s relationship with the longest-tenured player on the team.

McCourty, 29, was entering the final year of his contract and due a base salary of $7 million, one of the largest allotments on the team. The Titans, who bolstered their secondary by signing former Patriots cornerback Logan Ryan and former Jaguars safety Johnathan Cyprien this offseason, never discussed the possibility of moving McCourty to safety with the player or his agent. Additionally, cornerback is considered one of the deepest positions in the upcoming NFL draft.

McCourty thanked the Titans, his teammates, the Adams family and his fans in a note posted on Twitter.

“Both sides, we talked, but I just think it’s not just money when you’re talking about changing things,” McCourty said. “I just think for both sides, we both respect the hell out of each other and enjoyed the time there, but I think we both knew the way the team’s going there’s really no place for me. So they were up front and honest with me.

“Obviously, throughout the offseason you wish that you’re going to be released. You’re like, ‘Man, I hope it happens right when the season’s over so I can get a crack at free agency,’ but at the time, I appreciate the way that it was handled by the team.

“And like I said in my post, (general manager) Jon (Robinson), coach (Mike) Mularkey, the Adams family, everybody’s been really good to me in my time there. So I’ll be rooting for those guys moving forward.”

Titans Agree to Terms with Former Bears CB Demontre Hurst

The Titans have agreed to terms with cornerback Demontre Hurst, who had spent the last four seasons with the Chicago Bears, the Associated Press reports.

Hurst played 10 games and made one start for the Bears last season. He had 14 tackles, one sack, one interception and a pair of special-teams stops.

Titans general manager Jon Robinson said Monday in a statement announcing the deal that “he has good toughness, is a willing tackler and has shown quickness to match as a coverage player.” Robinson said Hurst could contribute on defense and special teams.

Titans QB Marcus Mariota to Have Surgery on Wednesday

Marcus Mariota

It was a tough ending for the season for Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota, as coach Mike Mularkey said Monday Mariota will have surgery to repair his fractured right fibula on Wednesday in Charlotte and miss four to five months.

Dr. Robert Anderson will perform the procedure, which entails placing a plate on the bone to provide stability. The Titans hope he returns in time for OTAs.

“I’m thinking that, because they start end of May, middle of May, go through June,” Mularkey said, “so at least he’ll be a part of some of the OTAs, I would think, but everybody’s different. Every player’s recovery and pain tolerance, again I can’t speak for Marcus, but we’ll see how it goes with him.”

The 23-year-old had a great season for the Titans, throwing 23 touchdowns and just nine interceptions to go along with 3,426 yards. He gives the Titans plenty of hope for the future, and here’s hoping the surgery goes well and this setback isn’t one that will effect him more than just the time it takes to recover.

What if the Titans Logo Was Made in the Likeness of President Elect Donald Trump?

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Like it or not, next month Donald Trump will be the new President of the United States, and one thing that can’t be denied is it’s going to be an interesting four years in our country.

There’s been plenty of fun poked at the President elect, and one site – Uproxx, has taken it upon themselves to design every NFL logo in the make of our President elect.

Check out what they think the logo of the Titans will look like made in the likeness of Trump!

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Titans Hang On for 27-21 Win Over the Bears in Chicago

Tennesee Titans v Chicago Bears

Marcus Mariota threw for 226 yards and two touchdowns, and the Titans hung on to beat the depleted Bears 27-21 on Sunday.

The Titans (6-6) gave their playoff hopes a boost, though they watched as Chicago (2-9) cut a 20-point lead to six in the fourth quarter.

Matt Barkley, starting for the injured Jay Cutler, led the late surge. The Bears had a first down at the Tennessee 7 in the final minute when Josh Bellamy dropped a pass in the end zone on first down. Barkley’s next three attempts fell incomplete, preserving the win for Tennessee.

The Titans moved one game out of first place in the AFC South.

Mariota, putting together one of the best seasons ever by a Titans quarterback, came through with another solid performance. The second-year pro completed 15 of 23 passes.

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