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Taywan Taylor Impressing at Camp
July 31st | 2018
The Titan’s opened their second week of training camp this week and multiple sources came away very impressed with second-year wideout, Taywan Taylor.
“(We’re) excited about the ability to get him (Taylor) in open field and run with the football,” said coach Mike Vrabel. “It’s my job to make sure we’re doing things to get him the ball to be able to make those moves against players in space.”
titansonline.com’s Jim Wyatt also reported “Receiver Taywan Taylor had the catch of the day on a two-minute drill, hauling in a pass from Mariota on the sideline downfield. It would’ve been a gain of at least 30 yards. Taylor lost the handle on the football after making a catch in the middle of the field, however.”
“Reception Perception” creator, Matt Harmon, also noted today in the midst of the hype that “Taywan Taylor’s 76.9% contested catch conversion rate cleared the 85th percentile among prospects charted” last season.
Taylor wound up buried on the depth chart in his rookie year but has found himself featured in 3WR sets so far at training camp. Taylor is also getting extra work in as Rishard Matthews has been placed on the PUP list. After being featured mostly in the slot last season, Taylor has been noted as working 100% as an outside threat in camp under new offensive coordinator, Matt LaFleur. This would give Taylor a role opposite of Corey Davis (if healthy) and leave Matthews and Delanie Walker to own the middle of the field. The Titans offense is looking to embrace a more aggressive passing attack this season and Taylor could wind up as a serious big-play threat for the team. There is also a lot to prove for second-year wideout, Corey Davis, after a lost rookie season. If Davis struggles to stay on the field again, Taylor could earn more looks. Taylor is worth a grab as an end of bench stash in redraft leagues this season and the arrow is currently pointing up for him in dynasty formats.
Delanie Walker signs contract extension
July 27th | 2018
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is reporting the Tennessee Titans and TE Delanie Walker have agreed to terms on a two-year, $17 million contract extension on Friday. The deal includes an $8 million signing bonus and $12.6 million in guaranteed money. Entering his age-34 season, Walker is now tied to the Titans through 2020.
Despite his age, Walker’s new deal is warranted. Not only has he been Marcus Mariota’s most consistent target not named Rishard Matthews, but he’s also coming off of a 2017 campaign in which he led the team in receptions (74), and yards receiving (807) — only Rishard Matthews had more receiving touchdowns — Matthews totaled four to Walker’s three. And with the perennial question marks surrounding the Titans’ receiving corps outside of Matthews and Corey Davis — let’s face it, what do we really know about Davis who is entering his second year as a pro and is following a forgettable rookie campaign — Walker appears poised to once again cement himself atop the Titans’ stat sheet in terms of receiving production.
From a fantasy perspective, Walker is as consistent as they come at tight end. He’s finished inside the top 5 in fantasy scoring at his position in each of the past three seasons in PPR scoring formats and hasn’t finished outside the top 10 since 2013 (TE11). Being viewed as a middling TE1 entering 2018 fantasy draft season, you can comfortably wait on a tight end and snag Walker as a late single-digit round value.
Derrick Henry to be the Titans Lead Back
July 16th | 2018
Michael Davis Smith from Pro Football Talk is reporting that Derrick Henry will be the lead running back for the Titans in 2018. Derrick Henry is a former 2nd round pick from 2016. Even though the Titans signed Dion Lewis to a 4-year $19.8 million dollar deal this past free agency, the Titans will incorporate a one-two punch at the running back position with Henry getting the apparent starting nod.
The Titans also brought in new Offensive Coordinator, Matt LaFleur who was previously with the Los Angelas Rams and Atlanta Falcons. Last year Todd Gurley had an incredible year posting 1,305 yards and 13 touchdowns. LaFleur was also the offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons in 2016 in which Devonta Freeman rushed for 1079 yards and 11 touchdowns. Matt Lafleur has himself a young stud at running back this season.
For fantasy purposes, Derrick Henry could be in line for a good year. The carries will be there along with arguably all the goalline touches due to his size (6’3, 247lbs). While Lewis will eat into some of his carries as the primary third-down back for the Titans, Henry’s ADP is arguably a bargain despite his potential workload.
DeMarco Murray To Retire
July 13th | 2018
ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting former Tennessee Titans RB DeMarco Murray has announced his retirement from the NFL.
Roughly one week following Schefter’s report that he was in talks with multiple teams, Murray shocked the NFL world with his decision to walk away as many believed that he would have opened the 2018 season as an RB2 at worst. And while he was coming off of his worst statistical season since an injury-stricken 2012 campaign with the Cowboys, he still managed to finish 2017 as the RB23 in standard scoring formats. He totaled 925 yards and seven touchdowns on 223 touches (39 receptions), averaging 4.14 yards per touch. While he may be retired, for now, he is young enough to change his mind, especially if the right situation opens up at some point during the course of the season. Murray, who recently turned 30-years-old in February, would have been entering his eighth NFL season if he decided against retirement.
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