Titans' Scouting Changes Appear to be Complete

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Indications are the Titans have completed their biggest scouting department alterations in years, growing the department more than overhauling it.

They've added AJ Highsmith as director of scouting, award-winning scout Sam Summerville as a national college scout and Keenan Agnew replaced one of the team's scouting assistants. The Titans let go of college scout Tom Roth, moving pro scout Brandon Taylor back to college scout to cover Roth's Southeast territory. The Lions hired Roth.

Neil Stratton was first to report those moves.

It's unclear where Highsmith sits in the flow chart, as Jon Salge, director of college scouting, and Brian Gardner, director of pro scouting, remain. But it seems the Titans saw an opportunity to add young talent in Highsmith, who worked with Ran Carthon in San Francisco and found a way to do so.

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Titans' Mailbag: Will Levis' Time, New Leadership, Edge Options

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Welcome to the first mailbag in a while. Happy you are here.

If you missed the podcast earlier in the week. you can catch that here.

And I was Braden Gall's guest on A Football Show Thursday which you can watch here.

Onto the best questions you sent my way. As always, members of the site who send questions through our private Facebook page get special consideration.

Richard Seidman How long will they give Levis to prove he’s the guy? He was drafted for the Vrabel offense not the Callahan offense, maybe he’s not a fit for the Callahan offense?

There is no big clock on Will Levis except that he’s under cheap contract for three more seasons, so you’ve got to know by the end of 2025.

I think you’re mistaken to say he was drafted for the Mike Vrabel offense (which would actually have been the Tim Kelly offense) and may not fit the Brian Callahan offense.

Drafting a quarterback to be a fit for your offensive system is really a foolish thing to do.

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Notes on the Titans' 2024 Schedule

NASHVILLE, TENN. – The lack of the Titans in primetime in the schedule released Wednesday evening shouldn't be a surprise.

While there is local excitement about what the team's done this offseason, a small-market team with an unproven quarterback, a first-year rookie coach and little star power isn't a big draw.

Tennessee is on Monday Night Football in Miami in Week Four. That game is on ESPN at 6:30 p.m. CT while Seattle will play at Detroit on ABC at 7:15 p.m. CT.

Last year on MNF in Miami on Dec. 11, the Titans recorded a record rally in the final three minutes to beat the Dolphins, 28-27.

The requirement that all teams play a Thursday night game no longer exists.

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What To Expect From Titans' Will Levis in Year Two

What To Expect From Titans' Will Levis in Year Two

By MIKE HERNDON, columnist

The Titans have spent the entirety of the 2024 offseason behaving like a franchise that believes it has a young quarterback worth building around.

Sure, they were going to spend in free agency to some degree because they had to. The big splashes for Calvin Ridley and L’Jarius Sneed, however, certainly feel like a team that thinks it’s closer to competing for a playoff spot than most national pundits would have you believe. Adding a 29-year-old Tyler Boyd on a one-year deal is another example of a “win now” type addition by Ran Carthon.

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The explanation for the divide between how the Titans view themselves – as evidenced by the aggressive offseason – and the national media’s low expectations is very simple. The two groups have very different views of second-year quarterback, Will Levis.

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AFC South May Be Good, But Titans and Foes Unlikely to Match Peak

AFC SouthNASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Texans are coming off a terrific season and have implied odds of 47.6 percent of winning the division. The Jaguars are heading into Year Two under a Super Bowl-winning coach. The Colts get back a quarterback they chose fourth overall in 2023 but who only started for four games before he got hurt.

There is a lot of promise in the AFC South in 2024, a division that has been the NFL’s worst since it was created in the 2002 realignment with a regular season winning percentage of .478. 

Most of it is based on the quarterbacks. C.J. Stroud is coming off an excellent offensive rookie of the year season. Trevor Lawrence is heading into Year Four and has not living up to billing that came with being the No. 1 overall pick out of Clemson in 2019 but may be due to finally put it together. Anthony Richardson can be electric. Will Levis, while not particularly highly-regarded nationally, has tools that may be well developed by an offensive head coach on a team that’s put in work to improve weaponry and protection.

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First Look at JC Latham, T'Vondre Sweat and Titans' Rookies

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – They are 380-pound blocking sleds, created with input from Bill Callahan, with more realistic torsos and twist, that are more reactive and tougher to balance.

The two in the Titans’ offensive line blocking area are named Bertha and Olga, and early turns with them are different and more complicated than what linemen are used to.

“It’s designed in a way to more accurately mimic what it feels like to have to clamp and brace on what a normal defender would feel like,” Brian Callahan said. “Some of the old-school sleds they don’t really give you that same balance issue. And (these) are really hard to move. I can’t tell you how hard these things are to move and to move straight, because they tip and they are off balance and they are meant to really stress guys' ability, to strengthen their core, keep their hands tight and drive a sled vertically as opposed to getting all off kilter. It’s a balance thing.

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"So there is a lot of indoctrination that goes into those sleds, our guys even now, it’s taken them a couple weeks to feel good about moving them the way they are supposed to move. So it’s fun to watch, I like watching those guys doing it, they improve pretty fast.”

JC Latham’s first couple reps on the sled were adventurous, but he and other linemen on the first day of the Titans rookie minicamp gradually got better with the sled.

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The Titans' New Injury Mitigation Philosophy

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Injuries have been a major concern for the Titans for the last three seasons as they’ve used at least 83 players a year, straining depth. A major talking point was how much fault should have been aimed at the strength and conditioning department.

Thursday, Brian Callahan did something that would have been unheard of under Mike Vrabel. When the Titans rolled out their offensive assistants, there in wraparound shades and a blue Titans short-sleeved windbreaker with a whistle around his neck was an absolute shocker: Zac Woodfin, the Titans director of sports performance.

Zac Woodfin

“We like to say our program is a blue-collar, cutting-edge program,” he said. “And what I mean by that is blue collar in the sense that there is no getting around doing hard work. You’ve got to lift hard, you’ve got to lift heavy at the appropriate times. And then the cutting edge in the science that we bring to it: making sure our guys have the proper assessment through technology. It allows us to get a really clear picture of what they need. Everybody needs something a little bit different to achieve their maximum performance.

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