Right Now, Titans Pushing The Envelope With Tyjae Spears In Backfield

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Roughly 20 minutes after the first practice of Titans’ minicamp finished, when several players had talked with media coming off the field and Derrick Henry’s more formal session at the podium was already underway, Tyjae Spears was still catching machine-thrown passes.

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Tyjae Spears in college/ Courtesy of Tulane athletics

The rookie running back, a third-round pick out of Tulane, arrived highly touted for his versatility and ability to add a different dimension to the Titans’ backfield.

Through the team’s offseason offensive installation, Mike Vrabel said the run game has been more exotic and expansive. in a way where all it’s been doing won’t ultimately be part of what its does in games after the Titans get a look at things and pull back to what they like and think fits and works best.

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Titans' Minicamp Preview: How Much Are Players Paid?

Kevin ByardNASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Kevin Byard and Denico Autry have not been at OTAs and both are virtually certain to be with the Titans Tuesday morning when minicamp starts.

Missing mandatory minicamp results in fines of $15,515 for the first day, $31,030 for the second day and $46,540 for the third day for a total of $93,085.

Autry’s regularly not been at OTAs during his time with the Titans and while Byard has missed some, this time around seems to be a reaction to the way the team asked him to take a pay cut early in the offseason.

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Titans' Mail: Expected Snaps For Treylon Burks, Malik Willis Wishfulness, Kristian Fulton's Future

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- That short week just flew by and I am not complaining.

I'm off to Memphis for the first time in a long time, and while some of the 13U baseball I will watch is technically at a Memphis address I won't be in the city proper. Maybe I should take a drive to update my perspective on a place I don't rate highly. I don't know, we'll have to see if I have the time.

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Onto the best of your questions from this week. Next week is minicamp, so we will see three practices and hear from a lot of guys and the coordinators again.

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The Paul Kuharsky Podcast: 300 Level Quarterbacking

The Paul Kuharsky PodcastNASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Charles London believes in going full speed with his quarterbacks and he's teaching at a 300-level.

What's that mean for the group he's working with right now?

That's where I begin the new episode of the podcast, which awaits you on Apple, Spotify, Google Podcasts, TuneIn and iHeart as well as YouTube, which is below.

Other subjects I dive into:

💥 Does Brett Kern deserve a spot in the Ring of Honor, and who's in line ahead of him? 
💥 Why Derrick Henry is around for OTAs this year.
💥 New coaches building relationships while teaching.
💥 DeAndre Hopkins possibilities.
💥 Unsatisfied with Succession finale

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Titans Should Consider Brett Kern For Ring Of Honor

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  One of many Brett Kern photos on display at his press conference

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – There were stretches of time during his 13 years and 197 games with the Titans during which there was a legitimate debate as to whether Brett Kern was the best player on the team.

Yes, sometimes it was because of the franchise’s weak roster, but it was also because of the punter’s excellence.

And that’s why, following Kern’s official retirement press conference on Thursday afternoon, the Titans should eventually give serious consideration to adding him to their Ring of Honor. [Unlocked]

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Mike Herndon: The Case For The Titans Chasing DeAndre Hopkins

Mike Herndon: The Case For The Titans Chasing DeAndre Hopkins

By MIKE HERNDON, columnist

DeAndre HopkinsNASHVILLE, Tenn. -- When the Cardinals were shopping DeAndre Hopkins and reportedly asking for a second-round pick, I was adamant that the Titans should steer far clear of any potential trade for the soon-to-be 31-year-old receiver.

Not only was Tennessee not in the position to be trading premium future assets for win-now players, but they also would have had to take on Hopkins’ Cardinals contract, which owed him $19.45 million in 2023 and $14.92 million in 2024.

However, now that Hopkins has been released and is free to sign a brand new contract with any team of his choosing, I am all aboard the Hopkins-to-Tennessee Express.

The reasons to be wary of going down the Julio Jones path again are still valid, but the cost is now much more palatable for the level of risk that the Titans would be taking on.

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PK TV: Titans OTA and QB talk

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- I hereby called a gathering for Titans' discussion Wednesday evening after another open OTA in which we in the media saw some stuff, heard some other stuff and had a bit to share.

You saw many of the highlights via social media which prompted some of your questions.

at the practice I focused, as one often does in such circumstances, on the play of the quarterbacks so we delved into that.

There certainly was a lot of curiosity about the quality of what Malik Willis is doing and the potential for him to be around beyond camp.

You're invited to rewatch via the members-only Facebook page or below.

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Titans' new cornerback coach is bringing fresh energy and high expectations to Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – As the Titans began to stretch for Wednesday’s OTA session, Chris Harris stood to himself at a front corner of the field alone. He held his notes for what would unfold in the next hour and 45 minutes close to his face, periodically scribbling on the page, perhaps the practice script or notes on his points of emphasis.

Only after he finished touching that up did he take off, running to his cornerbacks and engaging with them as they finished getting ready.

Tennessee Titans defensive pass game coordinator /cornerbacks coach Chris Harris during an OTA practice at Ascension Saint Thomas Sports Park in Nashville, Tenn., Wednesday, May 31, 2023.
Chris Harris/ © Andrew Nelles / The Tennessean / USA TODAY NETWORK

The Titans' new cornerback coach and defensive passing game coordinator brings from Washington some of the energy the team had two cornerback coaches ago in Kerry Coombs, if not at the same volume. And expectations are high for Harris, a hot commodity in the coaching world who was regarded as a key figure in the Commanders’ strong pass defense in 2022 (fourth) and 2020 (third) with an off year sandwiched in between (29th).

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