Titans Preview Capsule
TENNESSEE TITANS (9-7)
New faces: OLB Cameron Wake, LG Rodger Saffold, QB Ryan Tannehill, WR Adam Humphries, DT Jeffery Simmons, WR A.J. Brown, DE Brent Urban, DB Amani Hooker, G Nate Davis,...
Titans young inside linebackers ready to make NFL impression
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have the NFL's highest-paid safety Kevin Byard at the back of their defense, and a four-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle anchoring the line in Jurrell...
Tennessee Titans to kick off caravan at Fort Campbell
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) — Members of the Tennessee Titans are set to visit Fort Campbell.
Fort Campbell says in a news release that Titans linebacker Rashaan Evans and wide receiver Adam...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Music City and the NFL are throwing quite a party for the draft, and the Tennessee Titans will be a couple of miles away at team headquarters quietly biding their time...
No. 1 Alabama’s offense overshadowing defense _ seriously
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — This is not usually a needed reminder, but Alabama's defense is still quite good.
The top-ranked Crimson Tide has flipped its usual persona this season with a Tua Tagovailoa-led offense putting up video game-like numbers and the defense going fairly low-key.
Titans will have LB Morgan, not top draft picks vs Dolphins
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Outside linebacker Derrick Morgan is expected to play in Tennessee's season opener at Miami. The Titans' top two draft choices both are out due to injuries.
Titans coach Mike Vrabel announced Friday that Morgan, entering his ninth NFL season, would have no injury designation on Sunday. That's just three weeks after reportedly suffering a torn meniscus in his right knee in a preseason game against Tampa Bay on Aug. 18.
Titans Preview Capsule
TENNESSEE TITANS (10-8)
New faces: Coach Mike Vrabel, defensive coordinator Dean Pees, offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur, CB Malcolm Butler, RB Dion Lewis, G Kevin Pamphile, QB Blaine Gabbert, G Xavier Su'a-Filo, LB Will Compton, DL Bennie Logan, LB Rashaan Evans, LB Harold Landry, S Kendrick Lewis, S Kenny Vaccaro.
Titans’ top draft pick returns to practice, leaves early
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans got their first-round draft pick back at practice. Linebacker Rashaan Evans left after individual drills, leaving his status in question again.
Evans has been dealing with an undisclosed injury since July 28. The 22nd pick overall out of Alabama warmed up Wednesday and took part in individual drills before leaving practice.
Titans Training Camp Capsule
TENNESSEE TITANS (10-8)
OPEN CAMP: July 25, Nashville, Tennessee
LAST YEAR: Titans swept Jacksonville but missed AFC South title after losing three straight in December. Winning first postseason game in 14 years with amazing comeback in Kansas City didn't save coach Mike Mularkey, not when he stuck with OC Terry Robiskie following ugly rout in New England.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans now have three of their four draft picks under contract with linebacker Rashaan Evans, the No. 22 pick overall out of Alabama, agreeing to terms.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Titans rookie linebacker Rashaan Evans has gotten an up-close view of how Tennessee coach Mike Vrabel works on the practice field.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Linebacker Rashaan Evans couldn't be happier after the Tennessee Titans drafted him with the No. 22 pick, a selection predicted by his friend Derrick Henry.
The former Alabama teammates had discussed how much they wanted to play together in the NFL. Henry, a Heisman Trophy winner at Alabama in 2015, called Evans once the pick was in.
"Everything worked out as we talked about," Evans said.
ESPN’s Kiper says Alabama LB Rashaan Evans could be available for Steelers’ taking
Back when the "NFL Draft season" began, a lot of Steelers fans fell…
Let me stop myself right away.
That was a stupid way we to start this. We all know "NFL Draft season" never really stops. So it never really "starts" either. The draft gurus already have their 2019 boards set to unveil a week from Monday.
Linebacker prospect Leighton Vander Esch: Playing for Steelers ‘would mean everything’
INDIANAPOLIS — An inside linebacker with first-round potential, Boise State's Leighton Vander Esch has relished his chance to meet this week with NFL general managers, coaches and talent evaluators.
He relished his get-together with the Steelers more than most.
Just ask him.
"That one was really enjoyable," Vander Esch said Saturday at the NFL Combine. "I loved it. It was a great time meeting the coaches and the organization. It was an absolute blast."
TUSCALOOSA — Thirteen former Alabama players will participate in some portion of the program’s annual Pro Day on Wednesday inside the Hank Crisp Indoor Practice Facility, the team announced Tuesday.
Defensive backs Ronnie Harrison, Anthony Averett, Tony Brown and Minkah Fitzpatrick, linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton and defensive tackle Da’Ron Payne will attend the event and meet with teams, but will not work out, according to the school. All participated in last week’s NFL Combine.
Alabama football: Injured ankle forced Anthony Averett to withdraw from Senior Bowl
MOBILE — Former Alabama cornerback Anthony Averett “gutted out” the Crimson Tide’s two College Football Playoff games while dealing with a lingering sprained ankle that caused him to withdraw from the Senior Bowl, executive director Phil Savage revealed Monday night.
Averett and classmate Rashaan Evans were two of 30 players who accepted invitations before rescinding their commitments in the days leading up to the week-long festivities, which began on Monday.
TUSCALOOSA — Rashaan Evans’ sole focus is the NFL Combine.
The Alabama linebacker was one of two late scratches from the Senior Bowl’s South Roster this week, joining cornerback Anthony Averett, but Evans reiterated he is fully healthy after a season that began with a gruesome groin injury.
Strong run defense could power Alabama past Georgia
ATLANTA (AP) — Alabama's vaunted defense is about to face perhaps college football's best running back duo.
Those kinds of matchups tend to work out pretty well for the fourth-ranked Crimson Tide, which shuts down opposing ground games better than anybody.
TUSCALOOSA — It’s unanimous.
Minkah Fitzpatrick was named a first team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association on Wednesday, making him the 17th unanimous All-American in coach Nick Saban’s Alabama tenure.
Fitzpatrick garnered first-team honors from the AFCA, Associated Press, The Sporting News, Walter Camp and the Football Writers Association of America. The junior defensive back was also the third player ever to win the Chuck Bednarik and Jim Thorpe Awards in the same season.
No. 1 Alabama hosts FCS team Mercer pre-Iron Bowl
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's senior class, and perhaps a few junior NFL prospects, will play their final game at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
They're sure hoping it's not a particularly memorable one, beyond the pre-game ceremony.
The top-ranked Crimson Tide (10-0) hosts FCS Mercer (5-5) Saturday before putting its Southeastern Conference, and possibly the team's national title hopes, on the line at No. 6 Auburn in the Iron Bowl.
No. 1 Alabama hosts Arkansas after closer-than-expected game
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama coach Nick Saban expressed his displeasure to the Crimson Tide after they struggled to put away Texas A&M.
Now, the top-ranked Crimson Tide gets to show how well it worked when Arkansas, another big SEC West underdog, visits Bryant-Denny Stadium for homecoming.
Saban's postgame message was that the players better listen to him not the glowing media reports about how good they are.
Alabama notebook: Injured linebackers back in action; Tide uses big line
NASHVILLE -- Before it played one snap in Saturday's 59-0 win at Vanderbilt, Alabama’s defense was back to full strength.
Freshman linebacker Dylan Moses raced down the field on the opening kickoff. When he departed, Anfernee Jennings and Rashaan Evans ran on, each starting their first game back from injuries.
Jennings made the tackle on Vanderbilt’s first offensive snap. He and Evans played without limitations while Moses cycled in as a key reserve.
TUSCALOOSA — Alabama’s worst fears were realized.
Two days after both were injured in Alabama’s 24-7 season-opening win against Florida State, Crimson Tide outside linebackers Christian Miller and Terrell Lewis will miss the remainder of the season, coach Nick Saban revealed Monday afternoon,
In his postgame news conference after the game, Saban initially labeled both players “very questionable.” On Monday, he said both will require season-ending surgery in the next few days.
ATLANTA — Alabama’s defensive masterpiece came with a price.
Four Crimson Tide linebackers were injured in Saturday’s 24-7 win against Florida State, coach Nick Saban revealed following the game. Three were starters.
Two — Terrell Lewis (elbow) and Christian Miller (biceps) — are “very questionable” for next week’s game against Fresno State, according to Saban.
In his first season as a starter, Malik Hooker blossomed into one of the best defensive players in college football.
The Ohio State safety had mostly played on special teams before stepping into a major role in his third season for the Buckeyes and turned into an All-American and first-round NFL draft pick.
Jonathan Allen went from a key member of Alabama's defensive line rotation in 2015 to the Crimson Tide's most dominant lineman and a Heisman Trophy contender in 2016.
Alabama’s Rashaan Evans hopes to shine on big stage again
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Rashaan Evans has had some of his biggest moments in Alabama's most important games. Now, he has a chance to create some more.
The junior is likely to make his first career start against Washington in the Peach Bowl semifinal game on Dec. 31. Evans was the backup to middle linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton, who's out for the rest of the season with a knee injury sustained in the Southeastern Conference championship game.
Alabama LB Hamilton likely out for season with knee injury
ATLANTA (AP) — Alabama linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton will likely miss the playoffs with a knee injury.
Hamilton hurt his right knee at the end of the first half of No. 1 Alabama's 54-16 win over No. 15 Florida in Saturday's Southeastern Conference championship game. He was on crutches after the game, and coach Nick Saban said Hamilton is "probably out for the year."
’Bama’s defense, special teams supplying points aplenty
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Rashaan Evans reached around Kentucky quarterback Stephen Johnson and ripped the ball from his grasp.
Alabama safety Ronnie Harrison scooped it up, juked one offensive player-turned-defender and raced 55 yards for yet another defensive touchdown for the top-ranked Crimson Tide, which then took control in Saturday night's 34-6 win.
Big plays have become Alabama's calling card on special teams and defense.