Titans round out draft with McBride in Seventh Round

Titans round out draft with McBride in Seventh Round

Posted on 03 May 2015 by Allen

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The Titans finished up a strong 2015 draft class by picking up William and Mary receiver Tre McBride. The 6’2 Georgia native was picked by Tennessee in the NFL Draft with the 245th overall pick in the seventh round.

Projected as a fifth round pick McBride was an absolute steal in the seventh round as a three-time All-CAA Conference selection. He finished second in the conference with 131.2 all-purpose yards per game. Against Villanova last October McBride exploded for 11 catches and 209 yards receiving and 359 all purpose yards. McBride finished his William and Mary career second in school history in career receptions.

After a storied collegiate career at William and Mary McBride was invited to play in the East West Shrine game where he caught two passes for 23 yards. He also received an invitation to the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.

After the draft McBride changed his Twitter handle to “Pick 245″.

It’s doubtful McBride will get to contribute right away. With Kendall Wright, Harry Douglas, and Justin Hunter penciled in as starters he will have to push Dorial Green-Beckham to get some playing time in 2015. We will likely get a big dose of him in the preseason but it’s doubtful he will big contributor on offense.

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Titans announce 2015 Schedule

Posted on 25 April 2015 by Allen

The Tennessee Titans open the 2015 season at Tampa Bay on September 13 and they will open the home schedule on September 27 against Indianapolis. The Titans also will appear in a Thursday night primetime contest at Jacksonville on November 19.

“The release of the schedule for the upcoming season is always an exciting time for a coach, the players and an organization,” said Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt. “It seems like on a yearly basis the schedule has sections that provide challenges and opportunities. Opening on the road for the first two weeks jumps out at first look and certainly creates a sense of urgency to open the season. We will be able to put away the suitcases for the month of October with four consecutive home games and the bye week in there, and that is balanced out by finishing with three of four on the road. We pick up another mini-bye after the Jacksonville Thursday night game in late November, so it sort of sets up the season in thirds. A number of our games are noon starts, so that will get us into a routine, and maybe we can play ourselves into a flex game later in the season.”

The Titans’ schedule features home games against Buffalo, Miami, Atlanta, Carolina, Oakland, Jacksonville, Houston and Indianapolis.

Tennessee will travel to New England, New York Jets, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Cleveland, Houston, Jacksonville and Indianapolis.

Flexible scheduling may be applied in Weeks 5-16. During that period, flexible scheduling can be used by the NFL by shifting a Sunday afternoon game into primetime and moving the Sunday night game to an afternoon start time.

Also, a select number of games are being “cross-flexed,” moving between CBS and FOX to bring potentially under-distributed games to wider audiences.

For Week 17, the Sunday night game will be announced no later than six days prior to January 3. The NFL schedule does not list a Sunday night game in Week 17, but an afternoon game with playoff implications will be moved to that time slot. Flexible scheduling ensures quality matchups in all Sunday time slots in those weeks and gives “surprise” teams a chance to play their way into primetime.

Additionally, the Titans released their preseason dates and times. Tennessee opens the preseason slate of games at Atlanta on Friday, August 14 at 6:00 p.m. (central). The Titans host St. Louis on Sunday, Aug. 23 at LP Field. Week 3 at Kansas City will be played on Friday, August 28th and the finale against Minnesota is scheduled for Thursday, September 3rd in Nashville.

The Titans 2015 schedule contains several interesting stories:

• The Titans open the season on the road for the third consecutive season and fourth time in five years. Additionally, it marks the second time in three seasons the team has opened the season with consecutive road games.

• The Titans and Jets meet for the eighth time in the last 10 years.

• The Titans will host the Dolphins for only the second time in the last 12 years and first time since 2009.

• The Titans will have four consecutive home games for the first time since 1990.

• The Titans end the season with three of their final four games on the road. During the Titans era (1999-present), this will be the first season with such an ending to the schedule.

• This marks the second consecutive year with a Thursday Night game at Jacksonville.

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Titans Picks: Week 12 against Philadelphia

Titans Picks: Week 12 against Philadelphia

Posted on 23 November 2014 by Allen

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The Eagles were totally blown out and embarrassed last week. Don’t look for that to continue this week agains the Titans. The Eagles are looking to get things on track before things get out of control. Look for the Eagles to utilize their key players and cut down on mistakes this week. Sproles will have a breakout game and Sanchez will throw 0 picks.

Meanwhile, the Titans did play good last week but ultimately came up short. They put forth a good effort, but I don’t see them doing it two weeks in a row. Look for the offense to have a few turnovers in the first half and get behind early. The Titans are well on their way to a top three pick in the NFL draft.

Eagles 38 Titans 14

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Titans Picks: Week 11 against Pittsburgh

Titans Picks: Week 11 against Pittsburgh

Posted on 17 November 2014 by Allen

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Monday night football comes to Nashville. This brings back a few good memories. It’s going to cold and loud.

The Titans are facing a Steelers squad that was totally humiliated by a Jets team that had no business winning. Their D is a bit banged up. I’m sure they’re ready to prove it was just a fluke, and get back in the hunt for their division. While ineffective last week, their offense has been quite effective lately, with LeVeon Bell posting decent numbers and Rothlesburger dropping bombs on opposing secondaries. Martavis Bryant is a nice developing talent.

The Titans are averaging 16 ppg and have no ‘go to guy’ right now. The Chemistry just isn’t there. It could be, but Mettenburger is only starting his fourth NFL game, and the Steelers are very good at eating rookie QBs alive. That the Steelers are averaging 10 points more per game is telling with nearly 45% 3rd down completion rate to Titans 29%.

The Titans do have a chance to break out in Prime Time, however with only 6 more games left this year they also will have an opportunity to draft the QB of the future – then promptly sign Marshawn Lynch who will be leaving Seattle, once the season ends.

Steelers 27 Titans 14

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Titans are a 5.5 point underdog to Steelers

Titans are a 5.5 point underdog to Steelers

Posted on 12 November 2014 by Allen

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After a 21-7 loss at Baltimore last week the Titans will host the Steelers Monday Night as a 5.5 point underdog. The line opened at 5 offshore but with money coming in on Pittsburgh the line jumped to 5.5. It’s likely the line could go up to 6 or 7 before the game Monday night but that all depends on how much money comes in on either side.

Last week the Titans were a 10 point underdog on the road to the Ravens and lost by 14. Pittsburgh was a 3 point favorite on the road to the Jets and lost outright.

At 2-7 on the year and with only one win at home fans in Nashville may not show up on a cold November Monday night. Steeler fans travel well and tend to pack opponent’s stadiums each week they play on the road and that might make for an interesting black and gold takeover of LP Field.

Pittsburgh is 6-4 but before their loss at New York last week they had won 3 straight and looked like the hottest team in the NFL. Ben Roethlisberger has been red hot throwing for 3,063 yards and 23 touchdowns through 10 games. Three weeks ago against the Colts Big Ben lit up Indy for 522 yards and 6 touchdowns. The next week against Baltimore he had only 340 yards passing but still had 6 TDs. Last week the Steelers couldn’t hold onto the ball, turning it over four times against the Jets.

The Titans defense will have to show up Monday if they want to have a shot against the Steelers offense. When Roethlisberger and receiver Antonio Brown are on the same page it can be lethal. Tennessee’s secondary has been spotty all year and Titans’ second year corner Blidi Wreh-Wilson has been picked on by opposing quarterbacks.

The game will be played Monday night at LP Field at 8:30 PM ET and will air live on ESPN.

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Titans Picks: Week 9 at Ravens

Titans Picks: Week 9 at Ravens

Posted on 09 November 2014 by Allen

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So, the CEO says Super Bowl for the Titans in 2017? Positivity is always a good thing, but let’s focus on this week for starters.

The Ravens and Titans have somewhat of a history and the Ravens usually get the upper hand. This year the Ravens are very much in the playoff hunt. In the AFC North it is a race to the finish.

The Titans are coming off a bye – fresh legs, but no amount of rest can make up for lack of talent.

The Ravens are 8th and 9th in points and yards per game, respectively with a 9th ranked rushing attack. The Titans are 29th against the run – numbers don’t lie. Meanwhile the Titans are averaging 17 points per game. They are 0-5 when scoring 17 or less.

Ravens 27 Titans 10

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What would happen to the Titans if the NFL put a team in London?

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What would happen to the Titans if the NFL put a team in London?

Posted on 07 November 2014 by Allen

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A few weeks ago when the Lions and Falcons played in London a lot of fans enjoyed waking up and watching football in the morning live in the UK, in addition to the 1 PM and 4 PM games that day. This week the Cowboys and Jaguars will play at Wembley Stadium in what will be the third and final game in London this season.

In 2013 Jacksonville began playing a game in London. The Jaguars owner Shad Khan made the deal to play at Wembley for four years. It’s no secret that the Jags are having problems with attendance and a game in London will sell over 80,000 tickets. That’s a big deal considering the team averaged just over 63,000 a game last year. The elephant in the room is that London will eventually get a franchise and the Jaguars could be the one that goes across the pond. Having an owner that willingly gave up a home game every year to play in London could be pretty telling.

But what would happen if the Jags did move to London permanently? Would they stay in the AFC South causing the Titans to fly to the UK once a year? Here is the current alignment of the NFL divisions.

AFC

AFC East
Buffalo Bills
Miami Dolphins
New England Patriots
New York Jets

AFC North
Baltimore Ravens
Cleveland Browns
Cincinnati Bengals
Pittburgh Steelers

AFC West
Denver Broncos
San Diego Chargers
Oakland Raiders
Kansas City Chiefs

AFC South
Tennessee Titans
Indianapolis Colts
Houston Texans
Jacksonville Jaguars

NFC

NFC East
Philadelphia Eagles
Dallas Cowboys
New York Giants
Washington Redskins

NFC North
Green Bay Packers
Chicago Bears
Minnesota Vikings
Detroit Lions

NFC West
San Fransisco 49ers
Seattle Seahawks
Arizona Cardinals
St Louis Rams

NFC South
New Orleans Saints
Atlanta Falcons
Carolina Panthers
Tampa Bay Bucs

If the Jaguars did move to London they really can’t stay in the AFC South. A Houston to London plane ride is approximately 10 hours long. But a trip from Boston to London is a little less than 7 hours. If there is going to be a team in London they really need to go in the AFC East where they can play teams somewhat closer like the Jets, Patriots, and Bills. But to do that Miami will have to be moved to another division. The Dolphins would need to be moved to the AFC South to take Jacksonville’s place if the NFL wanted a quick fix.

Here is how the realignment would look.

AFC

AFC East
London Jaguars
Buffalo Bills
New England Patriots
New York Jets

AFC North
Baltimore Ravens
Cleveland Browns
Cincinnati Bengals
Pittsburgh Steelers

AFC West
Denver Broncos
San Diego Chargers
Oakland Raiders
Kansas City Chiefs

AFC South
Tennessee Titans
Indianapolis Colts
Houston Texans
Miami Dolphins

You could put the London Jaguars in the NFC East but that would mean putting Dallas in the NFC South with Atlanta, New Orleans, and Tampa Bay. Jerry Jones loves the exposure of playing in big markets like Philadelphia, New York, and Washington DC so it might be a tough sell. By moving the Cowboys to the NFC South you have to put the Panthers in the AFC South in the Jags old spot. Carolina isn’t that far from Nashville and Indianapolis so it’s a fit as long as Houston can deal with the travel.

Here is how those divisions would look.

AFC

AFC East
Buffalo Bills
Miami Dolphins
New England Patriots
New York Jets

AFC North
Baltimore Ravens
Cleveland Browns
Cincinnati Bengals
Pittsburgh Steelers

AFC West
Denver Broncos
San Diego Chargers
Oakland Raiders
Kansas City Chiefs

AFC South
Tennessee Titans
Indianapolis Colts
Houston Texans
Carolina Panthers

NFC

NFC East
London Jaguars
Philadelphia Eagles
New York Giants
Washington Redskins

NFC North
Green Bay Packers
Chicago Bears
Minnesota Vikings
Detroit Lions

NFC West
San Fransisco 49ers
Seattle Seahawks
Arizona Cardinals
St Louis Rams

NFC South
Dallas Cowboys
New Orleans Saints
Atlanta Falcons
Tampa Bay Bucs

The Jaguars could stay in Jacksonville and the NFL could award a franchise to London. At 32 teams the NFL would need to add three more to get it to 36 where it can be broken down into divisions. Los Angeles, Toronto, and San Antonio have all been rumored to be on the NFL’s radar. Should they add four more teams they would likely have to do away with 4 divisions in each conference and go back to the East, West, and Central divisions the NFL used to use before going to East, West, South, and North. The playoff teams would consist of three division winners and three wildcard teams.

AFC East
Buffalo Bills
Miami Dolphins
New England Patriots
Jacksonville Jaguars
New York Jets
London franchise

AFC West
Denver Broncos
Kansas City Chiefs
Oakland Raiders
Houston Texans
San Diego Chargers
San Antonio franchise

AFC Central
Indianapolis Colts
Tennessee Titans
Baltimore Ravens
Cleveland Browns
Cincinnati Bengals
Pittsburgh Steelers

There would
be no AFC South or North

Putting London in the AFC East makes the most sense. Also shipping the Jags into the division gives them a natural rivalry with Miami. Excluding London and Jacksonville the other four teams were in the old AFC East.

The AFC West is a natural fit for the San Antonio franchise. It also gives the Texans a new rival. The two teams would be added to four teams who were in the AFC West originally.

The AFC Central would not have a new team but would reunite the Titans with their old rivals from the old days. When the team was in Houston the Oilers had some memorable games with the Bengals, Steelers, and Browns. Adding the Colts would create a natural rival with Cincinnati who is about two hours away.

NFC East
Philadelphia Eagles
New York Giants
Washington Redskins
Carolina Panthers
Tampa Bay Bucs
Toronto franchise

NFC West
Los Angeles franchise
Dallas Cowboys
San Fransisco 49ers
Arizona Cardinals
St. Louis Rams
Seattle Seahawks

NFC Central
Green Bay Packers
Chicago Bears
Minnesota Vikings
Detroit Lions
New Orleans Saints
Atlanta Falcons

There would
be no NFC South or North

Toronto would be added to the NFC East. Jerry Jones isn’t going to like being sent to the new (old) NFC Central but it had to be done to make the divisions fit geographically. Adding Carolina and Tampa to the East gives two franchises on the east coast a better fit logistically.

The new LA franchise would go in the NFC West where it has a natural rivalry with the 49ers. We added the Cowboys here because it’s where they fit. Dallas and San Fransisco are two of the most successful franchises in the NFL and they are natural rivals.

The NFC Central is basically the NFC North with the Saints and Falcons. Over the years Atlanta and New Orleans have become a great rivalry and adding them to division makes them a great fit. Having Matt Ryan, Drew Brees, in the same division as Jay Cutler, Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Stafford, and Teddy Bridgewater will make for some fun games.

All of this is speculation and done for fun. The NFL may never put a team in London. A lot of things could happen and the Rams could be headed over to the UK. The NFL does want to expand and with huge TV markets in London, Toronto, LA, and San Antonio without franchises you can expect the league to do something sooner rather than later.

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Titans Picks: Week 8 vs Texans

Titans Picks: Week 8 vs Texans

Posted on 26 October 2014 by Allen

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Two words – rookie quarterback, should clarify things well. The Titans have won a few, but the Texans have a Defense reminiscent of the greatest Super Bowl teams. JJ Watt is earning every penny he is being paid, devouring QBs in the process. Jadeveon Clowney, number 1 draft pick, is also back in action too, so he’ll be aching for some sacks. A friend is taking in mega fantasy points by drafting the Texans D in our fantasy draft. Overall the Texans are in the playoff hunt, and won’t be deterred by a Titans team nowhere near that level.

In other news Shonn Greene was arrested on Friday. A millionaire parked in a handicap spot, driving with a suspended license. What an idiot. If only pacman were still a Titan they could swap stories. But I digress. As for on the field issues, the Titans have plenty. Their offense hasn’t produced, hence the QB change. The offense is ranked 17th or worse in almost every statistical category so far this year. Their defense is barely keeping them in games, ranked 20th overall in the league right now. I don’t see much hope for them in this game.

Texans 24 Titans 17

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Line moves to Houston -3 after Mettenberger announced as starter

Line moves to Houston -3 after Mettenberger announced as starter

Posted on 23 October 2014 by Allen

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When the betting lines were announced for the NFL earlier this week the Titans were a one point underdog to Houston at LP Field. Now that rookie Zach Mettenberger has been named the starter the line has risen to 3 points.

It’s not out of the ordinary for a line to go up or down after it is announced. It just means that a lot of people jumped on the Texans -1 and now the sportsbooks have had to raise the line to get action on the Titans at +3. With a rookie QB now starting a lot of bettors don’t want to put their money on a kid who has never started in the NFL.

With JJ Watt coming to town and Jadeveon Clowney returning this week from injury the Texans defensive front could give Tennessee fits and keep the rookie scrambling and ultimately making bad decisions. When Rusty Smith started as a rookie in 2010, ironically enough against Houston he was pressured all day and threw 3 interceptions in a 20-0 loss.

Houston has been up and down all year. After a 3-1 start the Texans have lost three straight. They had Pittsburgh on the ropes in the second quarter when they were up 13-0 but after two red zone turnovers Houston went into the locker room down 24-13 and never could get back on track.

The Titans are 2-5 but could easily be 4-3. Tennessee blew leads against the Redskins and Browns in the fourth quarter.

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Zach Mettenberger named Titans starting QB

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Zach Mettenberger named Titans starting QB

Posted on 23 October 2014 by Allen

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After a disappointing 2-5 start to the season the Titans are going to start Zach Mettenberger for the rest of the season unless he gets injured. Former starting QB Jake Locker will now be the backup going forward.

Mettenberger met with the media today and seems to have the right mindset.

“No matter who that guy is at the quarterback position, it’s his team. I’ve got to step in and take control. I’ve done that this week, being vocal, making sure we’re in the right calls, being on the same page. Absolutely, this is my team now.”

After Jake Locker went down to injury many assumed that it would mean that he wouldn’t be brought back at the end of the season since he is in the last year of his contract. Charlie Whitehurst played well in Locker’s absence but it appear the Titans want to kick the tires on their sixth round draft pick and he will lead the team the rest of the season.

The former LSU star shined in the preseason but he was going against the second and third string. He will be thrown into the fire against JJ Watt and a returning Jadeveon Clowney at home Sunday.

Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt appears to be confident in the rookie’s ability and he believes that he could provide the park the team needs to get going.

“I think over the last couple weeks he has gotten the opportunity to get reps in practice to go with guys that are playing. There is no question he is a talented young player. And maybe it’ll give us a spark. Offensively, we haven’t exactly been lighting it up. So that’s part of it in consideration.”

The Titans host Houston Sunday at LP Field at noon.

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Texans open as a 1 point favorite over Titans

Texans open as a 1 point favorite over Titans

Posted on 22 October 2014 by Allen

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The Titans opened as a one point underdog to the Texans. The two teams will meet in Nashville Sunday at noon.

The Texans looked good for the first quarter Monday night against the Steelers until the wheels fell off and they allowed Pittsburgh to score 24 unanswered points in less than three minutes. Houston is expecting to get Clowney back and he will only bolster the Texans’ defensive line with JJ Watt. Former Titans QB Ryan Fitzpatrick will make his first return to Nashville since leaving the team after last season.

Tennessee lost to the Redskins last week but they are hoping that Jake Locker will be back this week after missing the last two weeks with an injury. The Titans are 2-5 and desperately need a win if they want to stay in contention for a spot in the playoffs.

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Titans Picks: Week 7 vs Redskins

Titans Picks: Week 7 vs Redskins

Posted on 19 October 2014 by Allen

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This is a tough one. The Titans played tough against a basement team last week and barely won, almost justifying my favoring the jags. Oh well. On to the pick.

The Redskins have been hot and cold so far this season. They’re in a tough division, and their team is better than their record suggests. Cousins, meanwhile throws pick after pick, only having one decent game since taking over for RG3.

The Titans have a weak offense, Whitehurst had the second lowest QBR last week. Besides that, the Titans have a poor turnover margin overall.

Although Cousins might throw a pick or two, I see the Redskins playing tough D and pulling out the win at home.

Redskins 21 Titans 17

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Titans Picks: Week 6 vs Jaguars

Titans Picks: Week 6 vs Jaguars

Posted on 12 October 2014 by Allen

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Titans Picks is 3-2 on the year.

Yes, I’ve done it. I dropped the bomb. The battle of the bottom dwellers is finally here and the Titans are not looking so hot.

Over at NFL.com, both of these teams are ranked at the bottom Of the power rankings, only 1 spot above the Raiders. The Titans have a low average ppg, meanwhile the Jaguars defense is decent with a few close games this season. On the flip side, Bortles is due for his first breakout game in the NFL, and the Titans D is sinking in quicksand.

The bottom line is after that wild comeback against them for a loss last week, I’d be foolish to bet on a Titans team that is playing poorly on both sides of the ball. I hope I’m wrong, and that they’ll get it together this week, but the Titans are going to need a music city miracle to turn this season around.

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Locker bruises thumb in loss to Browns

Posted on 06 October 2014 by Allen

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Jake Locker is hurt, again. The Titans starting QB is once again injured after hitting his thumb on Browns cornerback Buster Skrine’s helmet in the second quarter yesterday at LP Field.

Locker left the game in the second quarter and didn’t return to the game. He came back to the sidelines after halftime with tape around his thumb. Titans’ doctors performed and x-ray and found it wasn’t broken. Coach Whinsenhunt mentioned that Locker had a bruised thumb in the press conference this afternoon and would know more later this week.

Before Locker left the game he was 8 of 11 passing for 79 yards and a touchdown. Charlie Whitehurst came in for relief and led the team to a 28-10 halftime led which they would eventually squander. Locker has passed for 764 yards with 4 touchdowns and 4 interceptions so far in 2014.

The Titans picked Locker with the 8th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft out of Washington. Besides his rookie year he has yet to be healthy for an entire season. Last year Locker’s season ended in week 10 against the Jaguars when he injured his right foot.

With the teams sitting at 1-4 fans are getting impatient and many are frustrated at the durability of Locker. It’s frustrating since he has shown flashes of being a really quarterback. In the first game this season Locker threw for 266 yards and 2 touchdowns in a win on the road in Kansas City. Unfortunately in week he injured his wrist and didn’t play against the Colts the following week. He returned this week before leaving in the second quarter after injuring his thumb.

Tennessee did not pick up the option in his contract for 2015 and this will likely be his last year in Nashvilleis a make or break year for Locker. Management has soured on him since he cannot stay healthy. Unless Locker returns and the Titans make some miracle run to the playoffs this will likely be his last year as a Titan.

Whitehurts will be the starter if Locker can’t go next week against Jacksonville. Rookie Zach Mettengerger will be the backup.

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