The return of Andrew Luck

Dayna O’Gorman Senior Sports Editor

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

The Indianapolis Colts return to their building today, starting their offseason program, and Andrew Luck will be joining them.

The Indianapolis Colts didn’t have much to be happy about in 2017. With the injury of quarterback Andrew Luck lingering much longer than anyone expected, his return to the team could be a game changer. Will 2018 be the year we finally see the revival of the team who just a few years ago had such potential?

Luck injured his shoulder back in September of 2015, although at the time, not many knew how severe the injury was. Luck missed the next two games, but then came back to play 4 more, but sadly his 2015 season was ended due to a lacerated kidney.

In the second week of the 2016 season, Luck re-injured his shoulder during a game against Denver. At the time, Colts owner Jim Irsay said Luck wouldn’t need surgery, however, Luck spent much of that season on and off the injury report. It was at the end of the 2016 season that the severity of the injury truly came to light. Luck had surgery during the 2017 offseason, and although it was anticipated he would return at some point, was never given clearance to play in 2017.

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Tennessee Titans Uniform Reveal Event

Tennesse Titans Official Fan Reporter

By Karen Christensen//@ksc47

 

On Wednesday, April 4 in downtown Nashville, the Tennessee Titans hosted a live event showcasing their new “Tradition Evolved” uniform design. Twenty thousand fans packed downtown Nashville on Broadway; the festivities included DJ Silver, live bands including country music duo Florida Georgia Line and former Tennessee Titans that had participated in the last uniform redesign back in 1999, Craig Hentrich, Blaine Bishop, Frank Wycheck, and Eddie George.

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Our Turf Football 2018 NFL Mock Draft 16-32

Official Chicago Bears Reporter

 

By Wanda Wiedman//@WandaW63

Earlier we had listed the first 15 draft picks with a trade. Let’s see what happens with the rest of the teams and who will get drafted from 16-32. So here is the final attempt in Round 1 of the NFL Draft.

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OurTurf’s Mock NFL Draft Part 1

Official Chicago Bears Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman//@WandaW63

Free agency is pretty much on the quiet front with some players still trickling on to teams, such as quarterback Blaine Gabbert to the Tennessee Titans, and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to the Los Angeles Rams.  But now it’s all about the draft and filling the holes that will make or break a team. So here is my attempt at Round 1 of the NFL Draft.

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Jags continue to signal they’re going Super Bowl or bust mode.

OTFB Jaguars Reporter

By Julie Dixon// @ABroncoNole

The Jacksonville Jaguars continue to make moves.  Their signings and releases freed up cap space and improved the roster in a few places.

Wide receiver Donte Moncrief was an uptick for them over WR Allen Robinson because his contract is less and is a “Prove It” one.  He signed a one-year, $9.6 million, fully-guaranteed contract that also contains another $2 million in incentives.

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AFC North / AFC South – Roster Updates

Meaningful player additions, releases, and re-signings    Last update:  April 19, 2018

 

Baltimore Ravens

Signed: WR John Browns, WR Ryan Grant, G Maurquice Shakir, C Matt Skura, QR Quincy Adeboyejo, LB Patrick Onwuasor, DE Brent Urban, RT James Hurst, CB Brandon Carr, RB Alex Collins, WR John Brown, WR Michael Crabtree, QB Robert Griffin III

Released: CB Lardarius Webb, OT Austin Howard, RB Danny Woodhead, WR Jeremy Maclin

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Tennessee Titans saying goodbye, hello, and we’re glad you’re still here

Official Tennessee Titans Reporter

By Karen Christensen//@ksc47

 

The Tennessee Titans have been busy in free agency.

Most notably, running back DeMarco Murray was the first of eight Titans to be released.  Murray was still considered the Titans #1 RB in 2017 although he had shoulder, foot, and knee injuries. He missed the last regular season game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Veteran quarterback Matt Cassel was released on March 9th. He started just one game for the Titans last year, which ended up being a loss to the Miami Dolphins. Although the Titans have contracts with quarterbacks Alex Tanney and Tyler Ferguson, it was rumored that the team was interested in another veteran QB Chad Henne, who ended up signing with the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Tennessee Titans Coaching Staff Overhaul

Official Tennessee Titans Fan Reporter

By Karen Christensen//@ksc47

 

Throughout the entire 2017 season, there was a feeling that something with the Titans team was missing. Titans fans were sure that 2017 would be the year the Titans, would finally get nationwide respect and get in the Superbowl, but that did not happen.

The team lost games that they should have easily won, and the Titans never seemed to play a complete game where the defense and the offense were both performing at their best.  I couldn’t figure out what the main problem was, but many Titans fans complained that the play calling was too predictable and not favorable to quarterback Marcus Mariota.  

In the end, the coaches got the blame for the lackluster season and were axed. Ownership and the general manager Jon Robinson took action, and now the 2018 Titans will have to adjust to an almost entirely new coaching staff.

 

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Tennessee Titans New Uniforms To Be Unveiled in April

Official Tennessee Titans Fan Reporter

By Karen Christensen//@ksc47

The Tennessee Titans announced that the team will have a party on Wednesday, April 4 to reveal the new uniforms.  The country band Florida Georgia Line will be playing a free concert in downtown Nashville at Broadway and First Avenue as part of the celebration.

The band owns a restaurant nearby called the FGL House, and the location is just across the river from Nissan Stadium where the Titans play, a perfect spot for the big reveal.  Florida Georgia Line was originally going to play a few songs for the event but decided to go all out and perform a full concert complete with fireworks.

Let the guessing begin!  What will the new uniforms look like? Will they be a total transformation or will they be only slightly changed?  Will the Titans keep the same color scheme or go in a new direction?

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Jacksonville Jaguars Extend Blake Bortles

OTFB Jaguars Reporter

By Julie Dixon //@ABroncoNole

 

In a move that shouldn’t have shocked anyone, the Jaguars offered quarterback Blake Bortles a three-year, $54 million deal, 26.5 guaranteed. Additional incentives are included making it worth up to $66.5M. More details will be released soon.

Bortles was the Jaguars 1st pick of the 2014 draft.  He went third overall, behind Houston Texans defensive end Jadevion Clowney and Detroit Lions tackle Greg Robinson.

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