Titans Agree to Terms with Wide Out Nick Williams

Titans have agreed to terms with veteran wide receiver Nick Williams, the Associated Press reports.

The Titans announced the deal Wednesday.

The 5-foot-10, 184-pound Williams has played 22 games in his career with the Atlanta Falcons over the past three seasons and Washington in 2013. He has 28 catches for 263 yards and two touchdowns.

His best season came in 2015 with Atlanta when Titans offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur was the Falcons quarterbacks coach. Williams caught 17 passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns. LaFleur was quarterbacks coach with Washington when Williams was signed as a free agent.

Blaine Gabbert On Track to Be the Number Two QB in 2018 for the Titans

Blaine Gabbert is the “favorite” to win the backup quarterback job with the Tennessee Titans according to Jim Wyatt of TitansOnline.com.

The Titans waived trick-shot quarterback Alex Tanney this offseason, leaving only Gabbert, sixth-round rookie Luke Falk, and undrafted free agent Tyler Ferguson to compete for the backup job behind frnachise QB Marcus Mariota. While Gabbert has never lived up to his lofty draft pedigree as the 10th-overall pick in the 2011 draft out of the University of Missouri by the Jacksonville Jaguars, he played surprisingly well in his five-game stint as the starter for the Arizona Cardinals last season. Now 28 years old, the well-traveled Gabbert has a good chance of seeing the field in 2018 given Mariota’s injury history.

Titans Earn an ‘B-‘ for Their Draft According to ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr.

The draft grades from ‘Draft Guru’ Mel Kiper Jr. are out, and one team that got a good grade is that of the Titans, who according to Kiper got an ‘B-‘ for their collection of players over the two days.

Here’s what he had to say:

Credit GM Jon Robinson and the Titans for being aggressive. They traded up for all three of their top picks. The problem is that depleted their capital for the rest of the draft, and this team isn’t without holes. Yes, Tennessee made the playoffs (and won a game), but I see a depth chart with aging edge defenders and issues at guard, tight end, inside linebacker and wide receiver. So the Titans ended up with only first- and second-round picks, then didn’t have another selection again until the fifth round. They better hit on who they moved up for.

As for the players they got with those trades, I do see the fits. The Titans moved up ahead of 3-4 teams Pittsburgh and New England for Rashaan Evans (pick 22), who will fill Avery Williamson’s spot at inside linebacker. Evans is an every-down player who can run with tight ends and backs, and he’s a great fit for Tennessee’s defense. I actually had pass-rusher Harold Landry to the Titans in the first round in my two-round mock, and they moved up to No. 41 to get him in the second round. He’s the best true 3-4 edge rusher in this class.

I love the symmetry of former Patriot Mike Vrabel taking a quarterback with the 199th pick — the same spot in which New England grabbed the greatest quarterback of all time. And Luke Falk actually looks up to Tom Brady and patterns his game after him. Falk isn’t a great athlete, and he doesn’t have the strongest arm, but that’s what teams said about Brady in 1999. So, no, I don’t think Falk is the next Brady, but he can be a solid NFL backup.

Again, the aggressive day from Robinson’s front office is noted. With only four picks, the Titans are going to have to hit on a few undrafted free agents, too.

Round/Pick Name Pos College
1/22 Rashaan Evans ILB ALABAMA
2/41 Harold Landry OLB BOSTON COLLEGE
5/152 Dane Cruikshank CB ARIZONA
6/199 Luke Falk QB WASHINGTON STATE

Titans Draft Alabama LB Rashaan Evans with the 22nd Pick in the NFL Draft

The Titans made a move to move up to 22 with the Ravens on Thursday in the first round of the NFL Draft, and then jumped on an impact player, snagging LB Rashaan Evans.

“When the Tennessee Titans called me,” Evans said, “my heart dropped. It feels amazing, man.”

Evans was taken with the 22nd overall pick after a trade.

He talked to Titans running back Derrick Henry, his former teammate at Alabama, moments after being picked.

“He actually called it before the draft,” Evans said of Henry. “I am just so excited to be a part of such a great organization.”

The Titans are scheduled to make five more picks in rounds 2-7 of the draft, which begins on Friday night.

The 2018 Titans Season Schedule is Out – A Quick Glance at the Good and the Bad

The NFL Thursday evening released the entire slate for the 2018 NFL season, including the 16 game schedule for the Titans, an annual big day in the life of football fans everywhere.

Here’s a quick look at the Titans schedule, along with two quick thoughts on the good of the schedule, and the not so good.

The Good: Four of the last five games for the Titans are at home, meaning that if this team is .500 or better having some games at home should really help this team pad their schedule as they look to make another playoff run.

The Bad: Two of the first three games for the playoff Titans from a season ago are on the road, meaning that hopefully they will quickly become road warriors. Plus the Titans really got screwed in the fact they are one of two playoff teams from a season ago (the Bills being the other) that are not on Sunday night this season.

Titans Agree to Terms with Former Ravens WR Michael Campanaro

The Titans agreed to terms on a one-year contract with former Ravens wide receiver Michael Campanaro, an NFL source confirmed to Jason Wolf of the Tennessean on Tuesday.

The 5-foot-9, 192-pound Campanaro could help in the return game and provide the receiving corps with depth.

Campanaro averaged 10.8 yards on 27 punt returns last season, including a 77-yard touchdown against the Bears. He also averaged 26.5 yards on six kick returns.

The Ravens drafted Campanaro out of Wake Forest with a seventh-round pick in 2014

Titans Guard Quinton Spain Inks His One-Year Tender

Titans guard Quinton Spain has signed his one-year tender as a restricted free agent, Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean reports.

Spain started 14 games and both postseason contests at left guard in 2017, one season after starting 13 games in 2016. Spain, who initially joined the team as an undrafted free agent out of West Virginia in 2015, took over as a regular starter at the end of his rookie season.

Last month, the NFL announced Spain led the league in performance-based pay compensation, which rewards players who play a lot of snaps.

NFL Looking Into Possible Leak of New Titans Navy Blue Uniforms

The NFL is investigating a photo released on social media that is claiming to be a leak of the Titans’ new navy blue uniforms, a league source confirmed to Camerson Wolfe of ESPN.

The Titans are set to unveil their new uniforms, which will feature jersey and helmet changes, during a downtown Nashville street party on Wednesday night.

The Titans and NFL have no official comment on the possible jersey leak or ongoing investigation. The Tennessean was the first to report the investigation.

A league source told ESPN that there likely would be some form of punishment, which would be up to the employer — which appears to be an apparel company — of the person or people responsible for the leak.

The photo shows a Marcus Mariota jersey with a pointed number eight, a navy blue base, accents of Columbia blue on the sides, a red Nike logo and shades of gray on the shoulders.

A small group of players and team employees have seen the jerseys, including Titans safety Kevin Byard, who had to sign a nondisclosure agreement before seeing them.