There’s only so much news and analysis we can disseminate to the readers on TitanSized. There are always noteworthy tidbits/nuggets of information about the Titans that don’t make it into our posts but should be noted. This is why we try to bring those bits of information at the end of the week in this article.
Here’s what you may have missed.
- Derrick Morgan and Kendall Wright won’t play Sunday
- DeAndre Levy is doubtful for Sunday
- Mike Mularkey said the offense should have done a better job getting Delanie Walker involved (shocker)
- Marcus Mariota is moving on from Week 1
- The NFL (rightly) didn’t fine Avery Williamson for his 9/11-themed cleats
- Lions receiver Golden Tate is excited to face his hometown team
Some thoughts on a few of these news nuggets.
Derrick Morgan being out is a big loss. We saw how badly the Titans defense fell apart towards the end of last year when Morgan went down. Still, David Bass has flashed in his opportunities and Kevin Dodd should have a lot more chances to show off his ability off the edge.
Wright has been out since the start of preseason. His explosiveness is missed in this offense and I don’t know how long it will be before he’s back on the field and as quick as he usually is. Andre Johnson and Harry Douglas just don’t add any sort of dynamism to this offense and it has shown on the field.
Speaking of explosiveness, how nice would it be to have Tate on his hometown team, the Titans. As you may have noticed, I believe the offense lacks explosion. Having a receiver like Tate would spread defenses vertically and cause havoc on even short receptions. We don’t have that right now, and it’s why the offense struggles to make big plays through the air.
In regards to Mularkey saying Walker should have been more involved: you’re kidding me. Anyone who watched the Titans at any point last season knows how much of a weapon Walker is. And against a solid defense like the Minnesota Vikings, Walker was one of the only guys we could create true mismatches with. This week should be different, as the Lions don’t present much resistance against the tight end position and now their best cover linebacker, DeAndre Levy, probably won’t play.