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Fansided: Who is the best free agent in Tennessee Titans history?
The Tennessee Titans don't have a very long history compared to most of the league, but 20 years is enough to put together some strong cases for the best free agent in franchise history.
With all the talk of Delanie Walker's return and his status as potentially the best free agent the Titans have ever signed, it made me think about who he would have to beat out for that title.
I don't think it is as cut and dry as people are making it seem, and these are the best players I can find from the last 20 years of free agency.
Fansided: Which UDFA hit could upgrade the Tennessee Titans?
By my count, the Tennessee Titans have added 19 UDFAs to the roster once you add tryout guys and take away some guys who ended up cut or on IR.
These players are important because there is a good chance that at least one or two of them make the opening roster. So, what is the best case scenario?
I'm not calling for the Hall of Fame for any of these players, but what if one of them hits? What if one of them turns into the next Phillip Lindsay, Keelan Cole, Taysom Hill, or Robby Anderson?
Fansided: Tennessee Titans 2016 NFL Draft update via Dane Brugler
It seems like forever ago, but the 2016 NFL Draft was Jon Robinson's first with the Tennessee Titans.
Dane Brugler did posted a massive analysis of the 2016 NFL Draft, breaking down each team's picks and grading the class as a whole.
As much as we all scoff at immediate draft grades, they are an important part of the process. After the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft most thought the Miami Dolphins got a steal landing Laremy Tunsil and that he was the best player in that whole class.
Meanwhile, the former San Diego Chargers were ripped for drafting Joey Bosa when so many good offensive tackles were on the board.
Music City Miracles: Titans Player With The Most To Prove In 2019?
In the last year of Marcus Mariota's rookie contract, the Titans have a lot to prove. With upgrades on the offensive line, receiving corps, and edge rush, this should be more than enough to get the Titans back to the postseason.
In order to do that, some players have a lot to prove for the team to make it past December after Tennessee's 2018 season's ended. With this in mind, which player(s) needs to prove his worth in 2019?
As much as I hate to say it, Marcus Mariota is my pick.
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Music City Miracles: Titans franchise records that could be in danger in 2019
I wrote this article last year and led with Derrick Morgan having a chance to pass Jevon Kearse's career sack mark to become the most prolific pass rusher in the Titans era of the franchise. Obviously, that did not even come close to happening as Morgan finished with just half a sack on the season.
However, the second item on my list did come to pass as Jurrell Casey became the first player to make four Pro Bowl appearances as a Titan, breaking a tie with Chris Johnson, Bruce Matthews, Jevon Kearse, Steve McNair, Kyle Vanden Bosch, and Delanie Walker.
Music City Miracles: Delanie Walker wasn't a fan of draft analysts mocking tight ends to the Titans
In what has become a bit of a yearly tradition, NFL Draft analysts everywhere mocked a tight end to the Tennessee Titans throughout the duration of draft season. The topic turned into a heated debate within the fanbase, considering guys like T.J. Hockenson and Noah Fant could have been in play for the Titans with the 19th pick.
Taking a tight end made a little sense, considering the age of Delanie Walker, along with the fact that he's coming off of a season-ending injury last year. However, most fans agreed that there were a few bigger needs on the board for the Titans.
Fansided: Tennessee Titans should host the 2022 NFL Draft
I think we all knew that the 2019 NFL Draft was a success for the Tennessee Titans in many ways.
They added a lot of talent at key positions of need, they improved their national recognition and the city of Nashville drew a lot of praise for how they hosted the draft.
What I didn't expect was for Nashville's draft to essentially lap last year's host (Dallas) in terms of the money they brought in.
According to the Titans website, the draft had its best year ever:
On Wednesday, the NFL and the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp announced this year's NFL Draft generated a record $133 million in direct spending -- a 79 percent increase over the $74 million at the 2018 Dallas event.
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Music City Miracles: Titans sign first round pick Jeffery Simmons
The Titans announced that they have signed first-round pick Jeffery Simmons:
Rookie deals for first round picks are for 4 years with a team option for the 5th. There aren't many rookies that holdout into training camp anymore, but I was a little worried about the Titans getting this deal done- mainly because Simmons is coming off the torn ACL. That could have been a huge hangup in a contract negotiation. Apparently it was not.
Now we wait for Simmons to be ready to play. I still don't think he misses the whole season. My prediction is that he is back for that run of 3 AFC South games at the end of the Titans schedule.
Music City Miracles: Mississippi State head coach Joe Moorhead talks Jeffery Simmons with MCM
I had the opportunity to speak with Mississippi State head coach Joe Moorhead. Moorhead coached Titans first round pick Jeffery Simmons last season. He was able to give me a deep dive on the type of player and person Simmons is.
In this interview with Music City Miracles, Moorhead spoke with me regarding Simmons' work ethic, his personality off the field, his skill set on the field and a whole lot more. This piece offers a rare insight into Jeffery Simmons, and I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed putting it together.
ESPN.com: Mike Vrabel's teaching could be invaluable to rookie OLB D'Andre Walker
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Talent isn't the only factor determining the success of a prospect in his rookie season. Landing in an ideal situation that offers a chance to contribute early is an underrated part of the equation.
Tennessee Titans outside linebacker D'Andre Walker has an excellent opportunity to showcase his talent this season as a rookie under head coach Mike Vrabel, who has already made an effort to work with Walker one-on-one. The two spent a lot of time together during the individual portion of rookie minicamp earlier this month.
"I am excited any time I get to work with those guys one-on-one to teach them the things that we are trying to do.
Music City Miracles: Allow me to be the voice of reason: There isn't a QB controversy with the Titans, so don't waste your time talking about one
This will be the only Marcus Mariota vs. Ryan Tannehill post that I write. Ever. You can take that to the bank. Also, this post is designed to appeal to reasonable people. That means that some people won't be able to take it. That's how these things work.
Oh, and one more thing, this is also not designed to be a post that attempts to prove that Mariota is a definitively better quarterback than Tannehill. I do believe that to be the case, but I am not about to go down the rabbit hole of arguing career stats with no context.