Oct 3, 2019; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks free safety Tedric Thompson (33) intercepts a pass against the Los Angeles Rams during the fourth quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Titans to sign veteran S Tedric Thompson

The Tennessee Titans have agreed to sign veteran safety Tedric Thompson, according to a report Wednesday night from NFL Network.

Thompson, 26, has appeared in 37 games (16 starts) with the Seattle Seahawks and Kansas City Chiefs. He has 93 tackles, three interceptions, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble.

The Seahawks selected Thompson in the fourth round (No. 111 overall) out of Colorado in 2017.

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Nov 29, 2020; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Matt Barkley (5) warms up prior to the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at Bills Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Veteran QB Matt Barkley signing with Titans

Free agent quarterback Matt Barkley announced his signing with the Tennessee Titans on Thursday.

The 30-year-old veteran spent the past three seasons with the Buffalo Bills.

Barkley completed 11 of 21 passes for 197 yards, one touchdown and one interception in five games last season.

A fourth-round draft pick by Philadelphia in 2013, Barkley is 2-5 as a starter and has completed 58.4 percent of his passes for 2,699 yards, 11 TDs and 22 picks in 19 games with the Eagles (2013-14), Chicago Bears (2016) and Bills.

Ryan Tannehill is the returning starter for Tennessee, whose quarterback depth chart also includes DeShone Kizer and Logan Woodside. Kizer was reportedly on his way out after underperforming in training camp.

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Dec 20, 2020; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Titans cornerback Adoree' Jackson (25) warms up before the game against the Detroit Lions at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Titans release CB Adoree’ Jackson, OT Dennis Kelly

The Tennessee Titans are parting ways with cornerback Adoree’ Jackson, releasing the former first-round draft pick Tuesday, multiple outlets reported.

The Titans also released tackle Dennis Kelly, who started all 16 games last season.

Jackson was the No. 18 overall selection in the 2017 NFL Draft out of Southern California. He played in all 16 games his first two seasons, intercepting two passes in 2018. But he played in just 14 games the past two seasons.

In 2019, Jackson missed the final four games of the regular season with a foot injury but played in three playoff games. Last season, he played just three games (two starts) because of a knee injury.

In 46 career games (41 starts), Jackson has 200 tackles, two interceptions and 33 passes defended.

Kelly, a former fifth-round draft pick by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2012 out of Purdue, played 30 games (15 starts) with the Eagles in the first three seasons of his career, then played in 74 games (32 starts) with the Titans in five seasons after he was acquired in a 2016 trade.

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Dec 20, 2020; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Titans kicker Stephen Gostkowski (3) looks on during warmups before the game against the Detroit Lions at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Titans activate K Stephen Gostkowski from COVID list

The Tennessee Titans activated kicker Stephen Gostkowski from the reserve/COVID-19 list on Thursday.

Gostkowski, 36, missed the regular-season finale at Houston but is eligible to play in Sunday’s wild-card game against the visiting Baltimore Ravens.

The four-time Pro Bowl selection made 18 of 26 field goals and 46 of 48 extra-point attempts in 15 games in 2020, his first season with the Titans after 14 years with the New England Patriots.

The three-time Super Bowl winner is the second-leading scorer in NFL postseason history with 205 points, trailing Adam Vinatieri (238).

Sam Sloman replaced Gostkowski in Week 17 and kicked the game-winning, 37-yard field goal as time expired in a 41-38 victory against the Texans. The clutch kick bounced off the upright and clinched the AFC South title for the Titans.

Also Thursday, Tennessee placed rookie offensive lineman Aaron Brewer on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Undrafted out of Texas State, Brewer has played in 12 games with one start this season.

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Dec 20, 2020; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry (22) runs for a first down during the second half against the Detroit Lions at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Titans seeking to remain on playoff path against Texans

There were moments this season when Tennessee played with such force and vigor that a playoff berth seemed all but assured, something akin to a foregone conclusion given their offensive weapons.

But with five teams vying for four AFC playoff spots all sporting the same record, there are no guarantees for the Titans (10-5) on Sunday when they face the host Houston Texans at NRG Stadium.

“I think your approach is that you just have to do things that help you win,” Titans coach Mike Vrabel said of the pending sense of urgency. “You have to play complementary. You’ve got to take care of the football. You’ve got to try to get some turnovers, be sound in the kicking game. Not trying to do too much but go out and make plays and make plays to win the football game.”

The Titans rank third in the NFL in points (450) and fifth in yards (5,851) behind the imposing collective of quarterback Ryan Tannehill, running back Derrick Henry and receivers A.J. Brown and Corey Davis.

Tannehill ranks fourth in passer rating (106.7) and seventh in touchdowns (32) while Henry is threatening to claim a second consecutive triple crown for running backs by pacing the league in attempts (344) and yards (1,777) while sitting one touchdown shy of co-leaders Dalvin Cook and Alvin Kamara (with 16 apiece).

Brown and Davis both have 60 receptions for 900-plus yards while Davis is tied for sixth in the league with 10 receiving touchdowns.

Yet Tennessee has been undone by its defense, which ranks 29th in yards allowed, and is now in need of relying on past playoff experience to navigate the potential landmines in Houston. In theory, the run to the AFC Championship Game last season should serve the Titans well on Sunday, but in a season where guarantees have been few and far between, nothing is certain.

“I don’t know that,” Vrabel said. “We’ve got to focus on the Texans and the challenges that they present and our ability to prepare. I think you try to take from the games that you’ve played and past experiences and try not to think that it’s going to guarantee success because it doesn’t. Each week and each play doesn’t mean anything about the next one. It’s just about finding a way to get there.”

The Texans (4-11) are aiming to get Pro Bowl quarterback Deshaun Watson through the season finale. Watson has taken his lumps in recent weeks yet has remained a dynamic force. But the blow he took to his throwing arm in the fourth quarter last Sunday against the Bengals was worrisome enough to lead some to suggest that Watson should sit and call it a season Sunday.

Watson has made it clear, however, that if he is healthy he will play. And by all accounts, he will.

“As far as I know, he’s doing pretty good,” Texans interim coach Romeo Crennel said. “I haven’t heard that he’s not doing well, and so since I feel like he’s doing good, I hope he does good on Sunday, too.”

–Field Level Media