2014 Tennessee Titans preseason positional analysis: TE

SELF-PROMOTIONAL ITEM: Football Outsiders Almanac 2014, a.k.a. “the annual Football Outsiders preview” or “that thing that kept me away from here from post-draft until a couple weeks ago,” is available for purchase. You can get the book in PDF form at Football Outsiders, while the print copy is currently available through CreateSpace and on Amazon proper. I did the Broncos...
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August 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Tennessee Titans Training Camp Preview: Tight End

As training camp approaches, it means the Tennessee Titans move one day closer to the preseason, and eventually the regular season. As we inch further throughout the offseason, every day we will feature a training camp preview. Previously: Quarterbacks Running Backs Wide Receivers Today’s preview is on the tight end group, where Delanie Walker is returning for Year 2, Craig Stevens...
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July 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Tennessee Titans vets take pay cuts to remain with team

Defensive end/linebacker Kamerion Wimbley and tight end Craig Stevens will remain members of the Tennessee Titans through at least this season. Wimbley, who spent the first six of his eight-year career at linebacker, has struggled to find his footing with the Titans as a defensive end. He’ll likely shift back to linebacker in Tennessee’s hybrid defense, but not without taking...
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April 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Titans Restructure TE Craig Stevens’ Contract

  According to Jason Fitzgerald of, the Titans restructured the contract of TE Craig Stevens on Monday. Fitzgerald mentions that Stevens new contract  is a two-year agreement worth $5.2 million. Stevens’ 2014 salary of $3.4 million has been reduced by $1.7 million and includes $100,000 available in roster bonuses, according to Fitzgerald. He’ll receive...
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April 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Tennessee Titans looking at tight ends in NFL Draft?

The Tennessee Titans’ roster has a number of problems, including depth at tight end. Craig Stevens showed he’s not a suitable backup in the passing game this past season. Tennessee took a flyer on Taylor Thompson and he’s nothing more than an athlete. The Titans might be in the market for a tight end once the draft rolls around, so let’s take a look at the top 10 tight ends...
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February 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Tennessee Titans should look for depth at tight end through free agency

Head coach Ken Whisenhunt noted recently that depth at every position is important moving forward for the Tennessee Titans. Other than at quarterback, the biggest loss of the season for the Titans was Delanie Walker, who suffered a concussion and left a massive gap at tight end. Craig Stevens really struggled to assist in any way to the passing game and showed the lack of depth...
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February 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Tennessee Titans facing salary cap restrictions

As the offseason approaches, the Tennessee Titans have some important decisions to make. Paul Kuharsky from broke down the salary cap situation, which doesn’t bode well for those wanting a carryover from this year’s squad. According to Kuharsky’s math, the Titans have about $6 million in cap space with all current costs included, but have room to work with if they...
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February 14, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Tennessee Titans offseason positional analysis: TE

After quarterback, running back, fullback, and wide receiver, tight end is our list stop among the offensive "skill positions" as we go through the Titans position by position at the start of the 2014 offseason. The expectation going into last season was that semi-new offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains would be like his mentor Mike Heimerdinger and use a fair number...
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February 10, 2014  |  Discuss

MowMow Minute: If I Ran The Titans

If I had Tommy Smith’s blank checkbook at my disposal, here’s how I’d go about this crucial off-season at the head of the Tennessee Titans.Step one, get a coaching staff in place.I’d hire Bengals Defensive Coordinator Mike Zimmer as the head coach. He’s a brash man, but the guy knows his football, and his players love him. The Titans are not short for talent defensively...
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January 08, 2014  |  Discuss

A midseason look at Titans catches

So, back in the offseason, I took a stab at projecting how many catches each Titans player would end up with in 2013. Now that the Titans have played half their games, I thought it was worth updating that look, to see how the Titans actually had targeted their receivers. The biggest question I faced in that post was, for the second straight season, who wasn't going to catch...
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November 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Examining the Titans' Run Game Against St. Louis

The Tennessee Titans had a clear plan coming into Sunday’s matchup with the Rams. They ran the ball 35 times for 198 yards (5.7 per carry) while only passing 22 times. Coming into the game, I felt like they could expose the Ram’s stud pass rushers by running right at them. They did just that on Sunday. I went back to take a look at all 35 rushing attempts from Sunday’s game...
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November 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Notes on the Titans

I have a post I want to write, but it's a film thing that'll take me some time to go through, so it'll go up when I finish it. First, a big of self-publicity. I put in an appearance on Paul Kuharsky's Periodic Podcast, so give that a listen. We talked a little bit about me, what I'm doing here, how what's happened the first six weeks of the season kind...
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October 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Bernard Pollard brings intensity to Titans practice

credit: getty images Bernard Pollard was signed by the Tennessee Titans to bring some intensity to their defense. On Friday the veteran safety got a little carried away. Pollard intensely yelled out defensive calls and threw a football at the back of tight end Craig Stevens at one point. “Tempers flare,” Pollard said, via USA Today. “For y’all in the media, you see a guy...
May 31, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Tennessee Titans offseason positional analysis: TE

Next up on our trip around the Tennessee Titans position by position as we head into the 2013 offseason is a look at the tight end position. In my looks at the quarterbacks and the wide receivers, I indicated that each position could rightly be viewed as a disappointment in 2012, but notwithstanding the disappointment I had a strong expectation the core players would be the same...
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February 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Jaguars-Titans preview thoughts, gameday thread

I didn't do Enemy Intelligence this week. Given the nature of Week 17 and two teams going absolutely nowhere, my only prediction is that if one team cares, it will win the game. If neither team cares or, somehow, some way, both teams care, the Titans are slightly better than the Jaguars and playing at home. The line of TEN -4 looks reasonable to me, but anything from a close...
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December 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Jared Cook Placed On IR

Titans tight end Jared Cook has been placed on injured reserve with a torn rotator cuff. SOURCE: John Glennon, TennesseannFantasy Spin:Cook hasn't been a major factor in Tennessee's offense this season but he's been more involved since Jake Locker returned from his shoulder injury. Craig Stevens (20-252-1) is the next man up but isn't an attractive fantasy option.
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December 10, 2012  |  Discuss

Titans TE Stevens questionable for Jaguars game

Tennessee Titans tight end Craig Stevens practiced for the second consecutive day Friday but remains questionable for Sunday's game at Jacksonville. Stevens hadn't practiced Monday or Wednesday after sustaining a mild hamstring injury Nov. 11 in a 37-3 victory over the Miami Dolphins. The Titans (4-6) haven't played since the Dolphins game, and the bye week has given...
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November 23, 2012  |  Discuss

Titans Bye Week Report: Targets

Back in early May, not too long after the Titans drafted Kendall Wright, I wrote a post on how the Titans might target their receivers in 2012. As a reminder, here's what my projection looked like:     Player Targets Pct J.Cook 75 12.9% C.Stevens 20 3...
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November 21, 2012  |  Discuss

The Official Word: Lions/Titans See Worst Ball Spotting Ever

The Accused: The replacement officials working the Lions at Titans game.The Accusation: Ball spotted incorrectly during overtime.The Case: In a week overflowing with bad calls, I finally had to pick one and go with it. I chose this one simply because it might well make history.During the overtime period of the Lions/Titans game, the Tennessee Titans had the ball at the Tennessee...
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September 24, 2012  |  Discuss

On the Tennessee Titans' 2012 season

So, it has come to this. The time before the season when your author attempts to come to grips with the slate of games that matters that is about to be and divines how the Titans might fare against said slate. Your author has a great deal of pride in his understanding of the Titans, but this didn't aid his cause last season. Last season, he saw a defensive scheme that didn'...
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September 05, 2012  |  Discuss

2012 Tennessee Titans preseason positional analysis: TE

We continue our trip around the Titans position by position as we head towards the 2012 regular season with a look at the tight ends.As Drexel noted in our offseason look at the position, 2012 was a year of change at the tight end. The Bo Scaife era came to an end, at long last, and the Titans played three tight ends in relatively major, albeit different roles. As with the fullback...
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August 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Analyzing the Titans' re-signings: Lavelle Hawkins

After looking at Craig Stevens earlier in the week, I'll turn my attention to the Titans' second biggest offensive re-signing of the offseason, wide receiver Lavelle Hawkins.While his contract did not meet my critera for one of the team's top financial commitments this year, as he would rank 15th in cash and 20th in cap, he'll still be making a fair bit for a player...
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July 19, 2012  |  Discuss

The Titans' top 2012 financial commitments

Apropos of yesterday's post where I wondered about the logic of the Titans' decision to make a financial commitment to Craig Stevens, I thought it would be worth taking a look at which players the Titans have made the decision to spend money on in 2012.To try to encompass both accounting and total outlays, I put together a list of the Titans' top ten cap numbers for this...
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July 17, 2012  |  Discuss

Analyzing the Titans' re-signings: Craig Stevens

This isn't really the start of the new series, at least not in the same way I've done the past couple series. As we approach the season, though, I'm going to take a more in-depth look at some moves the Titans made earlier in the offseason. I don't plan to write about every move, but will highlight a couple of the ones I find more interesting.Back in January, the Titans...
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July 16, 2012  |  Discuss

How the Titans fared in the red zone in 2011: wide receivers

It's time for the third installment in this little series on how the Titans fared in the red zone in 2011. I covered the run game and the running backs in part one and covered the quarterbacks in part two. It's now time to continue my look at the passing game with an analysis of how the Titans' wide receivers fared.As I noted in the first two parts of this series, the...
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June 22, 2012  |  Discuss
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