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Titans QB Marcus Mariota Puts on the Pounds, Will it Translate to Wins in 2019?

Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota is bigger, and hopefully better, and spoke to the media on Monday during the first day of the teams’ offseason workouts about the 5-10 pounds that he put on this offseason.

“I’m a little bit heavier,” Mariota said via ESPN.

“When it comes down to it, being able to absorb the hits and be healthy for a full year, those things haven’t happened yet. I am doing my best to be on the front end of it and allow myself to be able to play all 16.”

If the Titans are going to be successful moving forward, they need Mariota to be better, and for the players around him to be the same.

Last season the club missed the postseason despite going 9-7, after making it and winning a wild card game the year before.

If the club is going to turn the corner and challenge for the AFC South in 2019, they need a healthy and motivated Mariota to be a force at the QB spot.

“Marcus looks good…I am looking for a strong player. This is a big league,” coach Mike Vrabel said.

“I remember playing against John Elway, Dan Marino, and these quarterbacks that are big men. I want to make sure that we are doing everything we can and he’s doing everything he can to stay healthy and durable and help us on the field.”

Titans Grab QB Ryan Tannehill from the Miami Dolphins in a Trade

The agents for Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill have announced on Twitter that their client has been traded to the Tennessee Titans.

Tannehill has also reportedly signed a new one-year deal worth $7 million a drastic cut his salary from the $18.725 million he was due to make under the terms of his contract with the Dolphins.

According to multiple reports, the Titans are sending a 2020 fourth-round pick and a 2019 seventh-round pick to Miami for Tannehill and a 2019 sixth-round pick.

The 30-year-old Tannehill, originally the Dolphins first-round pick in 2012 out of Texas A&M, showed flashes of talent during his seven-year run in Miami but proved injury-prone and struggled as a downfield passer.

This is actually a brilliant move by the Titans as it secures them a solid backup quarterback capable of winning games beihind the talented but oft-injured Marcus Mariota. Mariota missed three games last year and has missed at least one game in all four of his NFL seasons so it seems likely Tannehill will be starting some games in Tennessee in 2019.

As for the Dolphins, Jake Rudock and David Fales are the only quarterbacks currently under contract after Teddy Bridgewater spurned the team to re-sign with the New Orleans Saints.

Titans OC Matt LaFleur Set to Become the New Head Coach of the Packers

The Titans are going to be in the market for a new offensive coordinator this offseason, as the team is about to lose OC Matt LaFleur to the Packers as their new head coach.

The 39-year-old will become the 15th full-time coach the franchise, as he takes over for Mike McCarthy, who was fired late in the season after the loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

LaFleur will wind up spending just one season with the Titans, as he came to Tennessee after being the OC for the Los Angeles Rams in 2017, leading them to impressive numbers – 1st in scoring, 10th in yards, 8th in rushing offense and 10th in passing offense.

The offense struggled this season in Tennessee under LaFleur, as they were 27th in scoring, 25th in yards gained, 7th in rushing offense and 29th in passing offense.

Tennessee finished 9-7 and missed the playoffs, with most of the blame being on a rather stale offense.

Titans Promote CB Kenneth Durden; Place CB Logan Ryan on IR

The Titans have promoted cornerback Kenneth Durden from the practice squad to the team’s 53-man roster, Jim Wyatt of Titansonline.com reports.

To make room, the Titans placed cornerback Logan Ryan on Injured Reserve.

The Titans have also added linebacker Gimel President to the team’s practice squad.

Durden (6-1, 180) originally signed with the Titans practice squad following the 2017 preseason. He rejoined the team during 2018 training camp and made the Titans’ 53-man roster. He’s spent time on the team’s 53-man roster and practice squad this season.

Titans Place OT Jack Conklin on IR with Knee Injury

The Titans have placed starting right tackle Jack Conklin on injured reserve according to the team’s official website.

Head coach Mike Vrabel had been holding out hope that Conklin could return after getting injured last Thursday, but his knee obviously was not responding the way the team had hoped.

2018 has been mostly a lost season for Conklin, who has developed into one of the league’s best tackles since the Titans made him the No.8-overall pick in the 2016 draft out of Michigan State.

Conklin tore his ACL in last January’s playoff loss and missed the first three games of the this season while rehabbing.

Still only 24, Conklin will have an excellent shot at a bounce-back effort in the second-to-last year of his rookie contract in 2019. Dennis Kelly is the next man up for Tennessee.

Texans Runaway From Titans; Overcome Early Tennessee Lead in 34-17 Beatdown

Things started good for the Titans on Monday night in Houston, as they built an early 10-0 less than seven minutes into the game.

Then, as fast as they took an early double-digit lead, they watched it get wiped out in an avalanche of points by the Texans, who slammed the Titans 34-17 for their 8th straight win.

The loss puts the Titans at 5-6, and after the weekend’s results they are sitting as the 11th seed in the AFC in terms of trying to make the postseason.

The Titans offense was overmatched against the Texans for most of the night. Texans QB Deshaun Watson finished 19-of-24 for 210 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions while adding 70 yards and a score on the ground.

Houston running back Lamar Miller ran for 162 yards and a touchdown, and Demaryius Thomas caught his first two touchdowns in a Texans uniform.

The backbreaker came when Miller raced 97 yards after a defensive stop at the three-yard line in the second quarter that killed a Titans drive.

The touchdown put the Texans up 21-10 at the nine minute mark of the second quarter, and for all intensive purposes, put the game away.

Marcus Mariota hit on 22-of-23 passes for 303 yards and two touchdowns, missing his first pass late in the game, but by then it didn’t matter.

Titans QB Marcus Mariota Limited in Wednesday Practice as Team Prepares for Texans

While he still has a few days till kickoff, the news on the injury for Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota is not all that promising.

The QB was officially “limited” in Wednesday’s practice, this after he suffered a stinger in the first half of Sunday’s loss to the Colts, and did not return.

“I am feeling good,” Mariota said. “I was able to go through individual (drills), and I am taking it one day at a time, but it felt pretty good today.”

The Titans have a key Monday night showdown with first-place Houston, and due to the game being on Monday do not have to submit an injury report until tomorrow

Titans coach Mike Vrabel said Mariota was limited in his work on Wednesday.

“He did a little bit,” Vrabel said. “He didn’t take the normal reps that he would take. But we are hopeful that he’ll progress as the week goes on.”

Titans Quarterback Marcus Mariota Suffers Elbow Injury in Loss to Colts

An already horrible day got even worse for the Titans when quarterback Marcus Mariota suffered an elbow injury after being sacked by Colts defensive lineman Denico Autry with seconds remaining in the second quarter, Turron Davenport of ESPN reports.

Mariota stayed down for a moment then was walked off the field shaking his right hand. With only 24 seconds left in the first half, the training staff took Mariota directly into the locker room. Backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert came in to relieve Mariota and has remained in the game.