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Titans sign Andy Levitre

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UPDATE: According to Adam Schefter, the Titans have signed Levitre to a five-year, $39 million deal.

 

 

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According to Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, the Tennessee Titans are looking at Buffalo Bills guard and lineman Andy Levitre. King reports that the Titans are well under the cap (with about $19 million in space) and will be looking hard at Levitre when the market opens on Tuesday. This was also reported by Jim Wyatt, the Titans beat wrtier for The Tennessean, last week so there could be more than a modicum of truth to this nugget.

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The Tennessee Titans have re-signed kicker Rob Bironas to a two year contract.

Bironas, who has spent his entire eight year career in Tennessee, went 25-for-31 on field goal attempts in the 2012-13 season.

Over his career, he has hit on 85.6 percent of his field goal attempts. His longest field goal was a 60-yarder against the Indianapolis Colts in the 2006 season.

It means mostly nothing to most managers in most leagues, but it means something to a few managers in some leagues. Since we are all things to everyone, Jake Locker matters to us. Sometimes.

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Let’s have a little bit more fun with snap counts, this time with a player who at first seems insignificant, but you quickly realize his potential importance to a lot of owners in a lot of leagues after a glance ahead to the upcoming Week 9 byes.

Thy name is Jared Cook, the Titans tight end who’s been a breakout candidate for like nine years. Cook was widely drafted as a secondary tight end this year, with an ADP of 145th overall in NFL.com leagues. That’s the kind of draft territory in which you’re clicking, and hoping for something. Anything really, with the minimal draft investment made in Cook’s upside and potential leading to equally minimal concern if that investment fails miserably. Essentially, I just wasted the preceding sentence explaining the basic definition of a flier pick.

So that’s Cook. High on upside, low on trust, and actually high on consistency. The problem is that he’s been consistently average, pacing along at a clip of 46.6 receiving yards per week. And really, that’s fine, right? You’re cool with having average from your TE2 as long as he still provides bust out potential when you’re forced to plug him in due to a bye or injury. Cook does that, or at least he did.

Judging by yesterday’s usage, his upside could be fading quickly.

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Don’t hurt us, Chris Johnson. Because you don’t have to hurt us, and you don’t have to make us cry. Don’t follow up this year’s +190 yard performance with a 23-yard day shortly thereafter just as you did last year, returning to your previous level of suck. We can’t take any more pain. For now, we love Chris again, even though an awful sitcom repeatedly told us why we should hate Chris.

There were so many compelling and rich story lines from the glut of early games today, with nine games kicking off at 1 p.m. ET, and then only two later in the afternoon. There was Drew Brees continuing in his effort to be Drew Brees every week, with four touchdown passes in just the first half against the Bucs. And Adrian Peterson remaining something that isn’t human with his 153 rushing yards and two touchdowns, making us forget that those numbers are still supposed to be absurd from a running back playing in just his seventh game following his recovery from ACL surgery.

But we focused on three notable fantasy developments, starting with Johnson’s lastest Sunday jog.

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The crowd was growing louder and louder as the snap neared, approaching ear-splitting levels. The camera angle is perfectly disproportionate, in favor of the left where the blazing blue of the Titans overwhelms the Steelers’ black and yellow and the eyes of the viewer during last Thursday’s game in Tennessee. One of the blues is Jason McCourty, a cornerback who is pushed up near the top of the screen on a TV-island of sorts, and preparing for a game-altering interception, the kind of play the Titans have sorely missed this year.

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The Tennessee Titans pulled off a minor upset Thursday night. Led by backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, the Titans offence moved the ball against the Steelers defence, keeping Pittsburgh winless on the road with a 26-23 victory. The Titans ‘D” actually kept their opponent under 30 points for the first time all year, which had more to do with all the injuries the Steelers suffered throughout the game. Losing running back Rashard Mendenhall to an Achilles’ injury early in the game definitely hurt their game plan.

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