NASHVILLE, Tenn. – As the Titans assessed their 2016 deficiencies and their receiving corps, they saw a lack of YAC.

Rarely did a player do a lot with the ball after he got it, and yards after the catch are something the team expects a lot more of with Corey Davis and Taywan Taylor now part of the group.

“That’s not a coachable trait,” Titans offensive coordinator Terry Robiskie said. “That’s just a trait that a guy’s got. You can catch it and take a 5-yard out and make a 25-yard play, take a 12-yard curl and make it a 40-yard play, take a 7-yard slant and make it an 80-yard touchdown. You don’t coach that one.”

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Titans have created a deceptive situation for Jonnu Smith in training camp.

The third-round, 6-foot-3, 248-pound tight end regularly stands beside others at the position. And next to Tim Semisch (6-8, 275), Jace Amaro (6-5, 265) and Phillip Supernaw (6-5, 255) ,Smith can actually look a bit small.

That he wears No. 81 doesn’t help either.

The most notable Titans who’ve worn the number in recent years were receivers, most of whom were not close to Smith’s thickness: Chris Sanders, Jake Schifino, Brandon Jones, Kevin Curtis and Andre Johnson.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Susie Adams Smith is looking to sell her third of KSA Industries. If she does, the Tennesse Titans, founded as the Houston Oilers in 1960, will not be fully owned by Bud Adams or his family for the first time.image1 1

But as Strunk emphasized in her statement, the sold piece will be a "fractional indirect" one.

Twenty-four NFL owners have to approve of any new owner (of even one percent) of a franchise or the company that owns a franchise.

A third of KSA Industies could be worth around $1.116 billion. And for NFL owners to approve the purchase, they are going to want what they view as ownership compliance issues for the team straightened out.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Titans confirmed Bloomberg's report that one-third of The Tennessee Titans is for sale and would be part of a purchase of shares of KSA Industries, the team's parent company.

Susie Adams Smith wants out. She owns a third of the team as does her sister, Amy Adams Strunk, who is the controlling owner. Kenneth Adams, the grandson of deceased founding owner Bud Adams, owns 11 percent of the team, as does his brother, Barclay Adams, and their mother, Susan Lewis.

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NASHVILE, Tenn. – Since DeMarco Murray tweaked a hamstring Wednesday, Derrick Henry has worked as the Titans’ lead running back.

And boy does he look like a guy ready, willing and able to handle the load.

Mike Mularkey wasn’t happy with the offense and the line out of Saturday night’s practice at Nissan Stadium. But after a day off, the group returned with a vengeance Monday evening.

Henry got a lot of reps and ran hard, and some of the time he really didn’t need to do a lot because of the holes that were carved out for him.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Here's the Titans initial, unofficial depth chart.

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Read it all the way across, left to right, then go to the second line at a position. 

Of note: Taywan Taylor is the top slot receiver with Corey Davis out and Eric Decker moving into his starting slot. But the base offense is two-back here (and is two-tight ends in actual practice) so Taylor is listed as a third-teamer, behind Tre McBride, who's also been good.

Philip Supernaw rates ahead of rookie Jonnu Smith as the second tight end on paper, but practice suggests they will probably start off the preseason splitting up that work.

Eric Weems has both return jobs here, but I would sure hope Adoree' Jackson is the punt returner on opening day.

Seniority is always at play.

 

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IMG 0871NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Different things motivate different people.

My Midday 180 guys and I spent Friday in Canton, Ohio around a lot of men wearing the gold jackets that delineate them as members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The best players in the history of their sport surely knew they were good along the way to getting a bronze bust to memorialize their career.

That’s what was so striking about a line we heard on Friday.

Bruce Matthews, the only guy to wear a Tennessee Titans uniform who’s earned membership in the Hall, said this:

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- So part of what I’ve promised you here is more of me unleashed.

At ESPN, I was not allowed to offer any media critiques, and that was understandable. The biggest sports site around didn’t want to be critiquing competition.

Now I am free to offer thoughts on other media both good (The Tennessean did a great job getting Predators captain Mike Fisher to give them a personal account of his retirement decision) and bad (The Tennessean’s Jason Wolf is not a good beat writer on the Titans -- at all.)

I’m not looking to blow people in the business up, generally. But it's all on the table now. I have a great deal of respect for the vast majority of sportswriting and sportswriters I come across. I love reading other people’s stuff and being part of the fratenity.

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