2018 Tennessee Titans game-by-game predictions

April, 19, 2018
Apr 19
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Look for the Titans to finish strong and return to the playoffs with four December home games.

Titans get prime-time respect, but it comes with added pressure

April, 19, 2018
Apr 19
Jamie Squire/Getty ImagesMarcus Mariota helped the Titans end an eight-year playoff drought.

The Titans have three night games and one of the easiest schedules in the league as they take aim at another playoff berth.

Eagles' London trip vs. Jaguars set for Week 8

April, 19, 2018
Apr 19

The Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles' trip to London has been set for Oct. 28 as part of Week 8, the NFL announced Thursday.

The Eagles head to England's home of soccer, Wembley Stadium, to take on the Jacksonville Jaguars in one of four NFL international games next season. The game will kick off at 1:30 p.m. in London (9:30 a.m. ET).

The previous week, the Los Angeles Chargers will host the Tennessee Titans at Wembley, also with a 9:30 a.m. ET kickoff.

Tottenham Hotspur's new stadium in London will be the site for an Oakland Raiders home game on Oct. 14 against the Seattle Seahawks. That will have a 1 p.m. ET starting time.

Thursday's announcement set the order of the Eagles-Jaguars and Titans-Chargers matchups. The three games in the U.K. had been previously announced.

For the third straight year, the NFL will stage a game in Mexico City. The Los Angeles Rams will host the Kansas City Chiefs in a Week 11 Monday night game Nov. 19 at 8:15 p.m. ET.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Getty ImagesMarcus Mariota has thrown for more than 3,000 yards in each of the last two seasons for the Titans.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Titans plan to exercise their fifth-year option on quarterback Marcus Mariota. Titans general manager Jon Robinson announced his plans on Nashville radio station The Midday 180.

This move was a matter of "when" and not "if." It also sets the stage for Mariota to be the Titans starting quarterback for at least the next two seasons.

The deadline to declare the fifth-year option for players drafted in 2015 is May 3. Jameis Winston, the first overall pick in the 2015 draft, had his option exercised by the Tampa Bay Bucs earlier this week.

Mariota, who was picked second overall in the 2015 draft, will earn $20.922 million in 2019. He's set to earn $3.73 million in 2018.

Mariota, 24, led the Titans to their first playoff win since 2003 last season and has thrown for more than 3,000 yards in each of the past two seasons.

The Titans and Mariota now have two years to work out a long-term contract agreement. After a rocky third season and a coaching change, it likely makes sense for both parties to wait until next offseason for a deal to get done.

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Finding Vrabel's guys: What Titans seek in a draft prospect

April, 18, 2018
Apr 18
Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire"A lot of it is instincts, guts, what you see off the field," Titans coach Mike Vrabel said regarding traits he seeks in players. "We won't get caught up in the numbers."

As the Titans look to identify draft prospects who will thrive under Mike Vrabel, personal relationships and intangibles will play a strong role.

Why Titans could be home to NFL's 'best-kept secret'

April, 13, 2018
Apr 13

Take a behind-the-scenes look with me into the offseason work a confident Titans secondary has been putting in on their own and why they believe they can be the best. "Everybody in the league wants that, but I don't think everybody in the league is working like that. I think our work matches up with what we want." Video by Cameron Wolfe
Jamie Squire/Getty ImagesMarcus Mariota has Titans fans excited about his potential, but there is still a lot of work ahead for him to realize that promise.

With much of the Titans' 2018 success resting on how Marcus Mariota adjusts to changes, coach Mike Vrabel is first focusing on building relationships.

The Tennessee Titans agreed to a contract with veteran defensive tackle Bennie Logan, the team announced Sunday.

Logan, 28, will provide defensive line depth and become a top contender to start at nose tackle. The Titans needed more talent at the position following the releases of Karl Klug and Sylvester Williams earlier this offseason.

The move comes after the Titans missed out on signing Ndamukong Suh, who signed with the Los Angeles Rams after visiting Tennessee.

Logan, whose best strength is his run-stuffing ability, will add to a strong Titans run defense that finished fourth in 2017. He ranks ninth among defensive lineman over the last five years with 31 tackles for loss on rushing attempts, according to Stats LLC.

Logan joined the Kansas City Chiefs as an unrestricted free agent last year after four seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles. He played in 15 games, plus the playoff loss to the Titans, starting in 13 of them.

Logan led the Chiefs' defensive linemen last season in total tackles (54). He was second on the team in tackles for loss (10) and tied for sixth in sacks (1.5).

ESPN's Adam Teicher contributed to this report.

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Courtesy Gigi's Bee CavePartners (from left) Bryan Hinson, Brian Orakpo and former Titans safety Michael Griffin hope their venture will encourage more players to pursue entrepreneurial interests and risks.

Titans linebacker Brian Orakpo and former safety Michael Griffin hope their cupcakes venture will encourage more NFL players to become entrepreneurs.

Titans' new uniforms: How we got here and first impressions

April, 5, 2018
Apr 5

Titans ownership had a few priorities but otherwise gave the NFL and Nike freedom to work. And they all went to lengths to keep the effort under wraps.

Titans' 20th season in Tennessee features new-look uniforms, helmets

April, 4, 2018
Apr 4

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- It felt like much of Nashville was behind the Tennessee Titans on Wednesday night as several players -- past and present -- led by quarterback Marcus Mariota unveiled the team's new uniforms. Mariota rocked the all-navy blue jersey.

Several thousand fans stood shoulder to shoulder down Broadway, a long street of honky-tonks. Butch Spyridon, CEO of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp., estimated that the crowd numbered somewhere between 15,000 and 20,000.

Music blasted from an onstage DJ, a live Titans band and a performance by country music act Florida Georgia Line to close out the festivities. It was about as Nashville as you could get.

"Nashville knows how to throw a party," Titans coach Mike Vrabel yelled before the unveiling.

The Titans' new uniforms, which they have branded as "tradition evolved," arrive as the team celebrates its 20th season in Tennessee. It signals the Titans taking another step toward making themselves a brand separate from their predecessors, the Houston Oilers.

The uniforms consist of three primary color combinations: navy blue (home), white (away) and a light blue called Titans blue (color rush).

The most drastic shift comes in the look of the helmet, which is now navy blue with one, two-toned silver stripe, a feature that resembles a Titan sword. The uniform pants have this same feature. The Titans' previous helmet was white with two navy blue stripes.

The new uniforms have multiple instances of Tennessee state pride and Titans pride, such as the three red stars from the state flag featured on the inside neckline of the jersey.

The number on each jersey is shaped similarly to the northeast corner of the state and is inspired by Greek lettering, playing off the team's name.

Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk figured the numbers would get the most widespread reaction from the fan base because the edges are pointed and far different from numbers on other NFL uniforms. But the Titans wanted Tennessee state pride to be a big part of the uniform design, and they were open to a modern look.

"This team is not rebuilding. It's just reloading. And these uniforms symbolize that," said Titans linebacker Brian Orakpo

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Tennessee TitansTennessee TitansThe Tennessee Titans debuted their new look on Wednesday night.

Live by the sword, die by the sword.

That's the approach the Tennessee Titans are taking with their new uniform set, which was unveiled on Wednesday night. The new designs, which lean heavily on sword-based imagery, represent the franchise's first makeover since adopting the Titans moniker in 1999.

Like most NFL uniform sets, this one has a lot of components. Let's go one element at a time (with the usual caveat that we'll need to see these uniforms on the field to get the full effect):

The helmet

The helmet represents the new uniform set's biggest change, and it's mostly for the better. The Titans' old white helmet has been replaced by a navy blue shell with a satin finish. The face mask is chrome, and the tapered silver center stripe is meant to evoke the tip of a sword.

The one holdover element is the Titans' familiar helmet logo, variously known as "the flaming thumbtack" (if you're among the many fans who've ridiculed the logo over the years) or "the fireball" (if you're the team's marketing department). It's been given a silver outline but is otherwise unchanged. Too bad -- it could have used some updating.

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The NFL is investigating a photo released on social media that is claiming to be a leak of the Tennessee Titans' new navy blue uniforms, a league source confirmed to ESPN.

The Titans are set to unveil their new uniforms, which will feature jersey and helmet changes, during a downtown Nashville street party on Wednesday night.

The Titans and NFL have no official comment on the possible jersey leak or ongoing investigation. The Tennessean was the first to report the investigation.

A league source told ESPN that there likely would be some form of punishment, which would be up to the employer -- which appears to be an apparel company -- of the person or people responsible for the leak.

The photo shows a Marcus Mariota jersey with a pointed number eight, a navy blue base, accents of Columbia blue on the sides, a red Nike logo and shades of gray on the shoulders.

A small group of players and team employees have seen the jerseys, including Titans safety Kevin Byard, who had to sign a nondisclosure agreement before seeing them.

Byard said he likes the new jerseys and predicted the Titans would be the "talk of the league."

Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk has put a lot of resources and promotion into the new uniforms, which will be put into service during the team's 20th season under the Titans nickname.

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Michael Reaves/Getty ImagesFree safety Kevin Byard has been named first-team All-Pro,

Kevin Byard, who got a sneak peek of the Titans' new uniforms, said players and fans will be wowed when the uniforms are unveiled on Wednesday.
Robin Alam/Icon SportswireThe Titans are hoping the addition of Malcolm Butler goes a long way in improving their pass defense, which ranked 25th last season.

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