by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (8/16/14) Titans linebacker Colin McCarthyunderwent shoulder surgery on Saturday, according to his social media account. The procedure will likely land him on the injured reserve list. McCarthy had 55 tackles, an interception and a forced fumble in 16 games in 2013.
Zach Brown benched for opening series of exhibition game
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (8/10/14) Titans linebacker Zach Brownwas benched in favor of Zaviar Gooden for the opening series due to an unspecified rule violation, ESPN reports. Brown was the starting inside linebacker for the Titans through all of training camp.
"I would describe it as pissing me off," coach Ken Whisenhunt said. Brown said "If he ain't elaborating, I ain't either"
Colin McCarthy exits preseason game with shoulder injury
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (8/9/14) Titans linebacker Colin McCarthyleft Saturday's preseason opener against the Packers with a left shoulder injury, the team announced. McCarthy was immediately taken to the locker room for further tests and was ruled out for the remainder of the game.
Antonio Johnson returns to Tennessee
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (3/19/14) The Titans are bringing back defensive lineman Antonio Johnson , according to The Tennessean Tuesday. Johnson's deal is expected to be for two years, with financial terms not yet a available.
Johnson had the most productive season of his career in 2013, his first with the Titans. He appeared in 16 games for just the second time in six seasons, finishing with 22 tackles and three sacks.
Al Woods heads to Tennessee on two-year deal
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (3/12/14) The Titans signed defensive lineman Al Woods to a two-year deal Wednesday, ending his two-year run with the Steelers. Woods' contract will pay him $5 million over two years, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Woods is coming off the most productive season of his career, as he played in all 16 games for the first time in four seasons. He picked up 16 tackles and two sacks, the latter of which represents a career-high for the 26-year-old.
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The addition of coordinator Ray Horton and a move to the 3-4 scheme should make the Titans defense more aggressive, though they had their moments last season. Improving their run defense was be a priority after ranking 20th against the ground game and they did it by adding linebackers Wesley Woodyard and Shaun Phillips from Denver. Losing cornerback Alterraun Verner will sting as he was a big reason for the Titans being good against the pass for much of the year. It could be a tough season for the Titans overall unless they make some shrewd draft moves. We'd pass on them as a DST save for favorable matchups during the bye weeks.