NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Hello, hello. Hope you had a great weekend and you saw your team survive and advance or won a bet or two.

Many of you are very anxious about the Titans' roster despite the fact that we are still just over three weeks into March and the fact they've added several players, headlined by Bud Dupree who said he's not expecting to be the lead dog, he's expecting 11 lead dogs.


So let us dive into some mail and see if we can't settle you down.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Denico Autry sounded pissed at the Colts. Kendall Lamm was effervescent. Morgan Cox is already thinking about his precision with Brett Kern.

The Titans introduced three of their new additions Thursday just as Bud Dupree was arriving in Nashville.DenicoAutry

We may speak to Dupree, Janoris Jenkins and Jayon Brown Friday.

The highlights from what I took in during the Zoom press chats:

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Put the Titans down for an inside linebacker with their fifth-round pick.

They did pretty well with Avery Williamson in 2014 and did even better with Jayon Brown in 2017.


Brown just got to free agency and the Titans lucked out. His value seemingly depressed as he returned from a smashed-up elbow suffered in Week 11 in Baltimore, he re-signed for one-year at just $5.25 million per Tom Pelissero.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – First-round picks need to be long-standing foundations and pillars of an organization.

By that measure, Jon Robinson is struggling.


His first first-rounder, Jack Conklin, was a rookie All-Pro. I thought the Titans justifiably passed on Conklin’s fifth-year option in the spring of 2019. Conklin had knee issues, his play at that stage was in question and the money was big.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Titans decided not to pay Adoree' Jackson his bloated fifth-year option after all, cutting the cornerback Tuesday along with starting right tackle Dennis Kelly even after the Isaiah Wilson fiasco.

So the team is in dire need at cornerback, where second-year, second-rounder Kristian Fulton is the centerpiece, Malcolm Butler is a salary cap victim, Jackson is gone after a year basically lost to injury and Desmond King is a free agent.AdoreeJacksonBAL

Fulton missed seven games and didn't do much when he played.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- That edge pass rusher the Titans have been in dire need of struck a deal with the team, and while Bud Dupree's ACL rehabilitation may spill into training camp the team clearly believes he will be worth the wait.

Tennessee is turning to the Steelers' free-agent outside linebacker to help cure its pass-rushing woes, according to Ian Rapoport.

BudDupreeIt's their second addition to the defensive front on the first day of free agency courtships. Earlier the Titans agreed to terms with defensive end Denico Autry.

The moves should transform an anemic defensive front that produced a woeful 19 sacks last season while allowing opponents to convert 51.9 percent of their third downs. [Unlocked]

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans' pass-rush upgrade begins not on the edge but on the defensive line with the addition of Denico Autry of the Colts, per Ian Rapoport.


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The line has been an understated position of need given the Titans’ major issues on the edge and at receiver as well as at corner.

But the pass rush has gotten little from linemen.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The first of the Titans’ big pool of free agents to leave was, in my estimation, the most important.

Jonnu Smith is the most significant of the crop in terms of his importance to the team’s identity. The Titans talk about tough, physical, team-first guys, and he’s been that for them through his four seasons.


Those who think he’ll be easily replaced put too much weight into receiving numbers, which weren’t huge, though he had eight TDs last season, and underrate his versatility. And when he did catch the ball he could run people over or run away from them, a nightmare matchup at times. [Unlocked]

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