NASHVILLE, Tenn. – We know the story well.

Shane Bowen’s point of emphasis for Harold Landry heading into 2020 was reducing his snaps.

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“He played a lot of plays for us and he did, probably, too much -- that’s on me,” Bowen said. “But we’ve got to find ways to get some other guys that can take some stuff off of him too, and I’ve got to get those guys developed where we are trusting them, putting them in the game, where we feel like they can make plays for us. I’ve got to do a better job of not putting so much on him in terms of play count.”

That didn’t pan out. At all.

And so Landry, who played 986 snaps per Football Outsiders in 2019, was on the field for 1,050 in 2020.

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 NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Eager to build through the draft, like most teams, Jon Robinson’s Titans have still taken their shots in free-agency.

Based on production, they’ve won with Rodger Saffold, Malcolm Butler, Ben Jones and Kenny Vaccaro. They’ve lost with Vic Beasley, Dion Lewis, Adam Humphries and Jadeveon Clowney.MariotaWattHouston

But they’ve not been reluctant to chase guys outside of the typical initial free-agent burst and get in the middle of the competition from some high-profile players.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Sunday paper on Feb. 20, 2005 had a blockbuster lead story:

The Titans were on the verge of a massive salary cap purge, the release of six players including four foundational guys, two of them homegrown stars.Rollebighead

The report from Jim Wyatt at The Tennessean came 16 years ago today in an era when a reporter could secure a scoop and have it stand up for a time – in this instance quite a long time.

Wyatt, a friend with whom I worked at the paper for 10 years, was as good a team beat writer as there was in the country.

The Titans and GM Floyd Reese parting with Samari Rolle, Derrick Mason, Kevin Carter, Fred Miller, Joe Nedney and Robert Holcombe helped the franchise chop away a significant amount of scheduled salary as they faced a $27 million dollar overrun of the $85.5 million cap.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans would love to find a way to keep at least a couple of their top six players who are set to become free agents on March 17.

As they managed costs, it will be quite difficult.

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Asked about Jonnu Smith and Corey Davis earlier this week, Jon Robinson reflected on Jack Conklin’s jump to the Browns last spring.

“I had the same conversation at the end of the season with those guys that I had with Jack Conklin a year ago” ‘You’ve done everything we’ve asked of you here, and we’re going to be competitive in trying to keep you, but at the end of the day you’re going to have a decision to make if you have suitors with other teams.’

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans have not had an outstanding pass rusher for a long time.

They were a miserable pass rush team in 2019.

Edge has been an Achilles heel for the franchise for a good while, and certainly during the time Jon Robinson has overseen the team’s personnel.LandryCellyBillspool

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Both Robinson and Mike Vrabel tend to steer conversations about the pass rush away from personnel and from sacks to talk of how the entire defense can contribute to pressuring the passer. I think Vrabel doesn’t use the word sack unless he’s prompted.

In a Tuesday media session, I asked Robinson about that and after he talked about how much he desires such a guy, he hit on the idea that the Titans got some level of satisfying production out of their edge people. [Unlocked]

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Isaiah Wilson won’t be disappearing from the Titans’ roster soon.

The 29th pick in the 2020 draft played four snaps in his troubled rookie season before he was suspended for Week 13 then basically exiled for the last four weeks of the season when the team placed him on the rarely used Non-Football Illness list.IWilsonGW

Last we spoke to Mike Vrabel he said he had not spoken to him since then, and Jon Robinson said the same in a press session on Tuesday.

“We did a lot of work a year ago leading up to selecting him,” Robinson said. “the evaluation process, talking to different sources, visiting with him countless numbers of times. And for whatever reason, the player this fall that was here in Nashville wasn’t the guy that we spent time with last year. [Unlocked]

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