NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans' plan to activate first-round draft pick Jeffrey Simmons for practice next week and hope he makes his NFL debut on Oct. 20 at Nissan Stadium against the Chargers.Simmons2

Simmons has been on the Non-Football Injury list since the season started, which meant he could not practice with the team or play for six games.

The Titans play their sixth game Sunday in Denver.

Unlike a player who is removed from IR, there is no built-in wait period between the return to practice and the return to game-play.

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Mike Vrabel has been shaky on fourth-down decisions

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Seemingly coaching more on emotion than on the analytics of the moment, Mike Vrabel’s recent key fourth-down choices have hindered the Titans not helped them.

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4-1-TEN 34 (3:38) (No Huddle) PENALTY on TEN-M.Mariota, Delay of Game, 5 yards, enforced at TEN 34 - No Play. 4-6-TEN 29 (3:38) (Punt formation) B.Kern punts 45 yards to IND 26, Center-B.Brinkley. C.Rogers to IND 26 for no gain (D.Cruikshank; C.Milton).

In the fourth quarter, trailing 19-17 the Titans weakly tried to draw the Colts offsides for a few seconds, then Marcus Mariota and the rest of the team stood at the line of scrimmage staring at the sideline while the clocked ticked down and the took a delay.

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Scout's Take: Every offensive series and Rodger Saffold's troubles

By BLAKE BEDDINGFIELD, special correspondent

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Zero excuses after a loss like this. Offensive line breakdowns, dropped passes and the offense struggled to convert third downs.

The Titans offense struggled in the first half because of big losses due to penalties and sacks. This is a theme that keeps showing up for Tennessee.SaffoldBills

Marcus Mariota was efficient and decisive with his throws. Mariota was sacked five times and escaped another four potential sacks. The receivers had four dropped passes and three of the four would have resulted in first downs.

Titans offensive drives:

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Where the *%@^&#$* are the points for the Titans?

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – It can’t be like that. It just can’t.

The Titans can’t make the financial investments they did in Taylor Lewan, Rodger Saffold and Adam Humphries and spend the draft assets they have on Corey Davis, A.J. Brown and Nate Davis and get that sort of offensive output against the Buffalo Bills, no matter how good their defense is.SantosMissBills

They can’t watch Cairo Santos miss four field goals (one of them was blocked) and they can’t score just 7 points for the second time in three weeks and walk off an NFL football field and feel like they are on any sort of desirable trajectory.

They can lose to the Bills, but they can’t do it like that, not 14-7.

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Yazoo Mailbag: On conservative second-half offense and 2020 QB plan

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Ready for the weekend? You're going to have to fend off a lot of Bills Mafia. I know you're hoping the Titans can send them all back to Western New York disappointed. We chatted some about the game on Friday, and you should watch that.

And here's the pod:

 Now on to your fine mail.

Michael Elrod What are your thoughts on the Titans going super conservative on offense during the 2nd half of the game last week. Do you believe that’ll come back to bite them in the future?

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PK: I don’t like them acting like decent leads are insurmountable because they have a good defense. I detailed it here.

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Scout's take: Bills Tremaine Edmunds likely to spy on Marcus Mariota

By BLAKE BEDDINGFIELD, special correspondent

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Titans are coming off a big win in Atlanta where the passing game came to life.

With the team’s emphasis on the running game, if the passing game can continue to show signs of improvement the offense can become a threat down the stretch.TitansLogoCorner

The defense has played well the first four weeks of the season but needs to show more pass rush as the schedule gets more difficult.

The Titans will face a Bills team that beat them last year, but this Bills’ team is a lot different in terms of offensive personnel. GM Brandon Beane went out and added some offensive firepower to go with their second-year QB Josh Allen.

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Titans' RB Dion Lewis: 'I’ll make plays, I am a playmaker'

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Through four games, perhaps no high-money member of the Tennessee Titans has done less than Dion Lewis.

The third-down back has 13 carries for 45 yards (for 3.5 a carry) and nine catches for 22 yards (for 2.4 a reception) and is a central figure in a broken screen game that produced a gigantic Derrick Henry touchdown on opening day and virtually nothing else. Lewis dropped one pass.MariotaLewisSwingScreen

“I think that we’d like to be better on some of those screens, block better, run better,” Mike Vrabel said.

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Fowler

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Former NFL linebacker Ryan Fowler injured a player in a violent, accidental collision during a Ravenwood High School football practice on Wed. Sept. 18, multiple sources said.

Fowler, an assistant coach, donned shells-- light under-pads -- and a helmet and took on the role of a defender in drills, something he’s done periodically during his time as an assistant coach to the delight of the team.

He filled a gap against a pulling offensive lineman and the two met in a crunching impact that left the player with a concussion.

It was the sort of contact that could happen in a practice between two players. But a 37-year old former professional football player’s involvement in such a scenario raises serious questions about the protocol and procedures in place and the judgment of Fowler and those who oversee him.

"I’ve been instructed not to comment," Fowler said via text. "Which is unfortunate because I’d like to set it straight. But I’ve been here before. I’ll just keep my mouth shut and respectfully let you do your job."

Two separate people who saw the impact between Fowler and the player characterized it as “dangerous” and “very bad.” But others connected to the program were unaware anything had happened.

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