Tim Kelly Now Needs to Feed The Titans' Studs Including DeAndre Hopkins

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – DeAndre Hopkins’ 2022 season was derailed by a six-game PED suspension at the start and two games on the bench with a knee issue at the end.

That left him playing only nine games in his final season with the Cardinals.

Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (10) leaps between Indianapolis Colts defensive back George Odum (30) and cornerback Pierre Desir (35) during the second quarter of their game Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis in NFL Week 7, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019. Indystar Staff Photographer Jenna Watson Best Photos Of The Year 2019
DeAndre Hopkins/ © Jenna Watson/IndyStar, Indianapolis Star via Imagn Content Services, LLC

Still in those nine, he averaged just over seven catches and just under 80 yards. His nine-game totals of 64 catches and 717 yards would have led the Titans in both categories and his three touchdowns would have tied him for second in scoring receptions.

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DeAndre Hopkins Reshuffles Titans At Weakest Position

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Titans’ offseason nonchalance with regard to receiver may be washed away if DeAndre Hopkins plays to form, as he’s soon to sign with Tennessee per Doug Kyed.

Hopkins, who regularly gave the Titans fits during his seven years with the Houston Texans won’t necessarily beat coverage with downfield speed.

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DeAndre Hopkins posted this photo of him in an Oilers' throwback uniform on Instagram on March 28, 2019

But through his 10 years with the Texans and Cardinals, he’s shown an amazing penchant for snatching balls out of tight windows and frustrating defenders who thought they’d reduced or eliminated the danger of him as an option. [Unlocked]

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Titans' Mail: Secondary Evaluation, Rookie Production And Defensive Front Depth

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Another summer weekend is upon us and I am fired up.

Titans logosBut I must leave you with Titans' reading and so I present a mailbag.

You are welcome.

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Former Titans' Scout C.O. Brocato Deserves to Be Contributor Finalist For The Hall Of Fame

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Discussions of Hall of Fame candidacies from the coach/contributor committees were beefy a year ago, the first year the category was in its current construction and produced one candidate for the entire committee to consider for induction.

Don Coryell, the former Chargers coach and passing-game innovator, became a Hall of Famer out of the spot.

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C.O. Brocato/ Courtesy Tennessee Titans

This year, ties in the voting intended to narrow the field to 25 made for 29 semifinalists including Bud Adams, whose complicated case we’ve covered here before, and C.O. Brocato, the heralded scout whose name is on the Titans’ draft room.

He scouted for the Oilers-Titans franchise for 40 years. [Unlocked]

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How To Get Titans' Training Camp Tickets

TitansNASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Five Titans' training camp practices will be open to the public, but because of limited space at the team's headquarters, it will use a lottery system to distribute tickets.

These are the five practices:

  • Saturday, July 29th: 9:15 a.m.-11:15 a.m. (Back Together Weekend)
  • Tuesday, August 1st: 9:15 a.m.-11:15 a.m.
  • Friday, August 4th: 9:15 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, August 10th: 9:15 a.m.-11:15 a.m.
  • Tuesday, August 22nd: 9:15 a.m.-11:15 a.m. (Practice vs Patriots)
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Mike Herndon: Are We Collectively Overrating The Titans' Defense?

Mike Herndon: Are We Collectively Overrating The Titans' Defense?

By MIKE HERNDON, columnist

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Much of the narrative surrounding the Tennessee Titans this offseason has been that a championship-level defense was wasted by a horrific offense last season and that an improvement from bottom-five to the middle of the pack in scoring would be enough to put this team into the playoffs.

Oct 10, 2021; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Teair Tart (93) and Tennessee Titans defensive end Denico Autry (96) walk off the field after the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports
Teair Tart and Denico Autry/ © Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports

There is no doubt that Tennessee’s defense was overworked and under-rewarded in 2022 as the offense consistently failed to put up points, but there also aren’t a ton of metrics to support “championship-level defense” claims either.

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It Feels Too Early To Start Writing Off Derrick Henry For The Titans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Popular in the national vibe about the 2023 Titans is the idea that Derrick Henry is going to fade hard this season.

And even some great running backs his age have nosedived rather than taperd off.

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Derrick Henry/ Courtesy Tennessee Titans

It’s easy to rattle off a list of top backs who fell off sharply at 28, 29 or 30:

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The mystery men of the Tennessee Titans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Training camp is made for sorting things out.

The Titans are in transition, counting on a lot of players who haven’t had full roles to take those on for them, looking to maximize others who may have more to offer and, of course, monitoring injury returnees.

Buffalo Bills tight end Tommy Sweeney (89) scores a touchdown past Tennessee Titans linebacker Harold Landry III (58) during the third quarter at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn., Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. Nelles Poy
Harold Landry/ © Andrew Nelles / Tennessean.com / USA TODAY NETWORK

There are a slew of unknowns and I want to run through them. For the purposes of this piece, I’m going strictly with people, not schemes or depth or anything else.

I’ve attempted to stack the Titans' mystery men roughly in order of importance, with the most important highest on the list.

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