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Titans Interviewing High-Ranking Scouts

Max Gruder
   Max Gruder

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans may be about to shake up their scouting department. The Eagles’ director of pro scouting and the Cardinals' director of college scouting have been in for interviews and the word is a bunch of interviews are going on.

Meetings with Max Gruder of Philadelphia and Josh Scobey of Arizona were still in process late Wednesday afternoon.

Gruder became the Eagles' director of pro scouting in 2022 and joined the team as an assistant in that department in 2019 after six seasons with the Dolphins. He was a linebacker at Pitt and an undrafted rookie with the Falcons who did not make Atlanta’s roster.

Scobey just completed his 12th season with the Cardinals and his second as the team’s college scouting director. He

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What Tyler Boyd Means for the Titans' Offense

What Tyler Boyd Means for the Titans' Offense

By MIKE HERNDON, columnist

The Titans continued to build around Will Levis with the addition of yet another reliable veteran receiver in former Bengal Tyler Boyd, agreeing to a one-year deal worth up to $4.5 million according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd (83) catches a pass in the first quarter of the NFL Week 9 game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Buffalo Bills at Paycor Stadium in Cincinnati on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2023.
Tyler Boyd/ © Sam Greene/The Enquirer / USA TODAY NETWORK

The 6-2, 203-pound Boyd is entering his ninth season in the NFL, but this will be his first outside of Cincinnati, where he spent the last five seasons as new Titans head coach Brian Callahan’s primary slot receiver. There is little question that the slot will be Boyd’s primary role in Tennessee. Boyd played at least 84 percent of his snaps in the slot for Callahan in each of his last four seasons and has never seen fewer than 64 percent of his snaps inside since entering the NFL as a second-round pick in 2016.

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Tyler Boyd a Better Option than Zay Jones for Titans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tyler Boyd wouldn’t bring the Titans great speed and explosion, qualities the team would definitively like to add to its receiver mix.

They got them with Calvin Ridley in free agency, but at this stage of the season if you’re adding a free agent, he’s got some sort of major limitation.

Boyd would bring a super-understanding of Brian Callahan’s offense and workflow, and he could be the primary guy working out of the slot. An offense with Ridley and Hopkins outside and Boyd inside with Chig Okonkwo as the primary tight end and either Tony Pollard or Tyjae Spears as running back would be a significant upgrade in pass-receiving weapons from last year.

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Too Early to Write Off Nicholas Petit-Frere as Titans' Right Tackle

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – We’ve said all along the Titans had too many holes to fill with one free-agency period and one draft.

There will be spots where the team isn’t as talented as it would like to be. Even if the Titans can find a free-agent tackle, right tackle will be one of those spots.

Nicholas Petit-Frere
Nicholas Petit-Frere/ Courtesy Tennessee Titans

The free-agent list at this point is poor. Available guys are predominantly old or coming off injury. James Hurst, who played the most among these free-agent tackles, retired. Charles Leno is coming off serious hip surgery and may not play again. Andrus Peat, being touted by some, played a nice season at left tackle for the Saints last year but isn’t listed here because he built his career as a left guard.

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Mike Herndon's Reactions to the Titans' 2024 Draft Class

Mike Herndon's Reactions to the Titans' 2024 Draft Class

By MIKE HERNDON, columnist

The Titans 2024 draft class is in the books, and they desperately need it to be a good one. Whether it was or not is certainly not up for judgment today, no matter how big of a business draft grades are for national websites.

However, we can analyze the players, the likely rationale behind the selections and how those new pieces potentially fit in the re-made Titans' roster.

James Williams
James Williams makes a tackle/ Courtesy Miami Athletics

My overall view of the class is positive and that should come as no surprise given the players picked, especially the first three. I wrote glowingly of JC Latham’s dominant skill set and tape here several weeks ago, I listed T’Vondre Sweat as one of “my guys” for a piece two weeks ago, and Cedric Gray is a player who I started to become very fond of late in the draft process.

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Post Draft, How Do Titans Look in The AFC South?

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – To recover from a fourth-place finish in 2023, the Titans must fare far better than their 1-5 AFC South record that was a core ingredient in their 6-11 record.

“I think when you’re building a roster before you can compete with the elite teams in the league you’ve got to be able to compete in your division," president of football operations Chad Brinker told me at the annual league meeting in March. “It’s not like that’s the only thing we look at. But we pay attention to what our division is doing and how they are building their rosters so that we can combat that for sure.

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The Flaw in How We Judge if Titans, Others Overdrafted Prospects

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Could the Titans have overdrafted JC Latham at No. 7 and T’Vondre Sweat at No. 38?

Sure.

Is the primary rationale being used to tell us in the aftermath of the 2024 NFL draft that that’s what happened flawed?

Absolutely.

T'Vondre Sweat
T'Vondre Sweat/ Courtesy Texas Athletics

This is one of the big problems with Big Industrial Draft Media.

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