|DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE|
|Wednesday||DT Sammie Lee Hill (knee), CB Jason McCourty (groin)|
|TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS|
|DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE|
|Wednesday||WR Mike Evans (hamstring), DE T.J. Fatinikun (shoulder)|
TENNESSEE TITANS AT TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
|STREAKS||6 of past 7|
|COACHES VS. OPP.||Ken Whisenhunt: 0-2||Lovie Smith: 2-1|
|LAST GAME||11/27/11: Buccaneers 17 at Titans 23. Tennessee CB Tommie Campbell has 84-yard KR-TD. Titans defense forces 5 TOs (4 FR & 1 INT).|
|LAST GAME AT SITE||10/14/07: Buccaneers 13, Titans 10. Tampa Bay WR Joey Galloway has 97 rec. yards & TD. Buccaneer K Matt Bryant makes 43-yard GW-FG.|
|BROADCAST||CBS (4:25 PM ET): Andrew Catalon, Steve Tasker, Steve Beuerlein, Chris Fischer (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 145 (Ten.), 83 (TB). XM: 226 (TB).|
|PASSING||Mariota (R) (Pre.): 21-30-326-1-1-102.9||Winston (R) (Pre.): 23-47-311-0-2-52.7|
|RUSHING||Sankey: 152-569-3.7-2||Martin: 134-494-3.7-2|
|RECEIVING||Walker (TE): 63-890-14.1-4||Jackson: 70-1002-14.3-2|
|SACKS||Morgan: 6.5||McCoy: 8.5|
|INTs||McCourty: 3||Carter (Dal.): 5 (T3L)|
|PUNTING||Kern: 46.8||Schum (Pre.): 47.0|
|KICKING||Succop: 84 (27/27 PAT; 19/22 FG)||Brindza (R) (Pre.): 18 (3/3 PAT; 5/5 FG)|
TITANS: MARCUS MARIOTA (No. 2 overall) will be 1st rookie QB in franchise history to start on KO Weekend. Won 2014 Heisman Trophy & led Oregon to PAC-12 title & National Championship appearance…RB BISHOP SANKEY started 9 of 16 games as rookie in 2014 & led team with 569 rush yards on 152 att. with 2 TDs. Since entering NFL in 2010, RB-PR DEXTER MC CLUSTER is tied for 2nd in AFC with 3 PR-TDs…In past 6 vs. NFC, WR KENDALL WRIGHT has 34 catches for 444 yards, incl. 12 rec. for career-high 150 yards vs. Arz. on 12/15/13. WR HARRY DOUGLAS makes Ten. debut. Has TD catch in 4 of past 5 vs. TB (with Atl.)…TE DELANIE WALKER led team with career-highs in catches (63) & rec. yards (890) with 4 TDs in 2014…LB BRIAN ORAKPO makes Titans debut. Posted 40 sacks in 6 seasons with Redskins (2009-14). S MICHAEL GRIFFIN led team with 110 tackles in 2014. LB AVERY WILLIAMSON started 12 of 16 games as rookie in 2014 & posted 3 sacks…BUCCANEERS: Rookie QB JAMEIS WINSTON (No. 1 overall) won 2013 Heisman Trophy & led Florida St. to National Championship…RB DOUG MARTIN has 3,006 scrimmage yards (2,404 rush, 602 rush) in 1st 3 NFL seasons…WR MIKE EVANS had 68 catches for 1,051 yards & 12 TDs as rookie in 2014. His 12 rec. TDs tied for most in season by Buccaneer. Has 12 TDs in past 12 games. Evans & WR VINCENT JACKSON (1,002) were 1st TB teammates with 1,000+ rec. yards in same season. Jackson has 1,000+ rec. yards in 6 of past 7 seasons…Since 2013, LB LAVONTE DAVID is only NFL player with 250+ tackles (290), 6+ sacks (8) & 5+ INTs (5). Led team with 146 tackles in 2014 & has led TB in tackles in all 3 NFL seasons. CB JOHNTHAN BANKS led team with 10 PD last year. CB ALTERRAUN VERNER was 2nd on team with 9 PD in 2014. Played 4 seasons with Ten. (2010-13) & had career-best 5 INTs & 22 PD as Titan in 2013. DT GERALD MC COY had 8.5 sacks last year & has 18 sacks in past 2 seasons. Has 5+ sacks in each of past 3 seasons (23 sacks). DE JACQUIES SMITH had career-high 6.5 sacks in 2014.
Just in time for NFL Kick-Off, Bud Light – the Official Beer of the NFL – is bringing a new Titans Bud Light can to Tennessee. The new packaging features Titans colors, as well as a slogan every Titans fan can relate to: The perfect beer for making miracles happen in music city.
Bud Light worked closely with its NFL team partners to create new can designs for the 28 teams that it is partners with for the 2015-2016 season. Each design features a customized scroll message that speaks directly to each team’s passionate fan base. The cans are on shelves now.
What do you think of the new Bud Light Titans can?
The Titans have come to terms with a couple of players, as they have inked TE Chase Coffman and running back David Fluellen.
Coffman (6-6, 250) played in 13 games for the Titans last season, after being added to the active roster in September. He tallied a career-high six receptions for 64 yards and a touchdown last year. Coffman has six seasons of NFL experience (Cincinnati, Atlanta, Tennessee) and has totaled 35 games and 10 receptions during his career. He was a third-round selection by the Bengals in the 2009 NFL Draft from the University of Missouri.
Fluellen (5-11, 224) entered the NFL last season as a undrafted free agent with the Philadelphia Eagles. He was traded to the Indianapolis Colts during training camp and waived prior to the regular season. Fluellen was a two-time all-conference player at the University of Toledo. For his college career, he rushed for 3,336 yards and 28 touchdowns.
#Titans sign TE Chase Coffman and RB David Fluellen.
— Paul Kuharsky (@PaulKuharskyNFL) July 29, 2015
Sports Illustrated has put out a piece on the “Biggest gut-punch loss” for each and every franchise, the Titans included.
The game that the author the piece, Doug Farrar, picks is the obvious one, the Super Bowl loss during the 1999 season against the St.Louis Rams.
Tennessee Titans: Jan. 30, 2000, Super Bowl XXXIV—Rams 23, Titans 16
Until Russell Wilson’s ill-fated pass at the end of Super Bowl XLIX, this was the game that ended with the biggest gut-punch in Super Bowl history. The Rams scored the first nine points of this game, but led by quarterback Steve McNair, the Titans fought their way back into the game and had a 16-16 tie with 1:54 left in the game. That’s when Kurt Warner hit Isaac Bruce for a 73-yard touchdown for what became the deciding score, but Tennessee sure made the Rams worry about their win. On the game’s final drive, McNair took the game into his own hands, quite literally, handling the ball on every play on a drive that started at the Titans’ 10-yard line. McNair’s running and passing had the Rams on their heels until the last play, when he hit Kevin Dyson for a nine-yard reception. Problem was, the game clock was out of time, and the Titans made that play from their own 10-yard line. Rams linebacker Mike Jones stopped Tennessee one agonizing yard short of a chance at the only Super Bowl to go into overtime.
Now, that’s a gut-punch.
The Titans have locked up their top draft pick, quarterback Marcus Mariota, nine days before players report for training camp, Mike Wells of ESPN.com reports.
Financial terms were not revealed. The four-year deal includes a fifth-year team option, which is standard for all first-round draft picks.
Mariota was the last unsigned first-round pick from this year’s draft. The sides had been at odds over offset language, which allows a team to recapture guaranteed money if a player is released and signs with another team.
The Titans and Mariota agreed to partial offset language, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan.
Bishop Sankey was the first running back chosen in the 2014 draft and the 54th overall selection, but Sankey did not explode onto the scene for the Titans last year, John Glennon of the Tennessean reports.
He averaged 3.7 yards on his 152 carries and his longest run was for just 22 yards. Sankey contributed a bit in the passing game with 18 catches for 133 yards, but again, not as much as the Titans envisioned. Sankey missed OTAs because of school commitments and never quite seemed to catch up.
Sankey is the odds-on favorite to be the starter when the season gets underway, simply because he has a year’s experience and a full offseason under his belt.
Assuming that’s the case, who backs him up? Dexter McCluster is a possibility, but he’s more of a situational player, not a workhorse. David Cobb is a draft pick and a versatile player, but he also missed much of the offseason with a hamstring injury.
Andrews will as usual be an underdog, but he showed enough promise in the preseason and practices of 2014 that he will be given a good, long look.
Old feuds die hard, and in the AFC South, it appears a feud between Titans QB Zach Mettenberger and Texans DE J.J. Watt is far from over.
The spat started about 9 months ago when a back and forth started between the two over a Mettenberger-photographed selfie.
Mettenberger, in an interview with CampusSports.net, opened the wound back up and went after Watt.
“J.J. had to say it’s a bit high schoolish that I take selfies, and I think he still rags me on Instagram every time he posts a selfie,” Mettenberger said. “At the same time, if that’s high schoolish, he got a letterman jacket made — a Texans letterman jacket.
“That’s pretty high schoolish to me, don’t you say?”
The jacket pic of Watt went online back in October, and the two continued to go back and forth about Mettenberger’s many selfies.
The Texans DE tweeted today about the situation.
A lion doesn't concern himself with the opinions of a sheep. Time to attack the day.
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) July 8, 2015
The jacket was given to Watt as part of a Texans team function during the 2012 season.