Derrick Morgan LB TEN 3 Months
Titans DC Ray Horton said Derrick Morgan has made a "smooth transition" to outside linebacker.
Derrick Morgan LB TEN 3 Months
Derrick Morgan confirms he's been working as an outside linebacker in DC Ray Horton's new 3-4 defense.
A base 4-3 defensive end ever since high school, Morgan has never played in a 3-4. "Now that I have been in the defense a couple of months, I love it. It may be a blessing," Morgan said. "I never thought I would drop in coverage, but now that I am doing it, it is becoming more natural." Morgan is down to 260 pounds after playing near 270 last season. He'll likely play with his hand in the dirt on obvious passing downs. We also can't rule out a trade.
Derrick Morgan LB TEN 5 Months
The Nashville Tennessean expects Derrick Morgan to play outside linebacker in DC Ray Horton's 3-4 defense.
Morgan has never played outside linebacker; he's been a 4-3 base defensive end dating all the way back to his college days at Georgia Tech. Edge rushers are edge rushers in today's game, so it might not be as big of a deal as it seems on paper. But with Kamerion Wimbley, Shaun Phillips, and Akeem Ayers also in the mix at outside 'backer, it's going to be a big training camp for Morgan.
Derrick Morgan LB TEN 7 Months
Coach Ken Whisenhunt singled out LE Derrick Morgan as a player that impressed him after reviewing tape from last season.
Morgan, the 16th overall pick in 2010 and "offseason star" of camp last summer, registered 34 tackles and six sacks in 14 starts this past season. Pro Football Focus graded him out as a top-six pass rusher among 4-3 ends. The Titans are expected to transition to more of a 3-4 scheme under new DC Ray Horton, though they'll likely be "multiple" with their alignments. Most draft analysts in 2010 didn't like Morgan's potential fit in a 3-4. Some thought he possessed enough pass-rush skills for it. Morgan is 6-foot-3, 278.
Derrick Morgan LB TEN Jul 15 '13
The Nashville Tennessean considers LE Derrick Morgan the "offseason star" of the Titans' defensive line.
Derrick Morgan LB TEN May 28 '13
Titans LE Derrick Morgan recently underwent arthroscopic knee surgery, but should be ready for training camp.
Morgan is participating in OTAs, but it's unclear to what degree. Morgan is coming off a strong 2012, where he registered 6.5 sacks and graded out as the No. 4 4-3 defensive end in Pro Football Focus' ratings. The No. 16 pick of the 2010 draft, Morgan was limited to four games as a rookie by a torn ACL, but has missed just one contest over the past two seasons.
Derrick Morgan LB TEN Aug 15 '12
Titans DE Derrick Morgan continues to split first-team reps with Pannel Egboh.
It's a bad sign that Morgan, the No. 18 overall pick in 2010, can't separate from a guy who has spent the last three seasons on practice squads. Egboh started the Titans' preseason opener last week. It's possible that Morgan will end up as a pass-rushing specialist while the bigger Egboh gets the early-down reps.
Derrick Morgan LB TEN Aug 05 '12
Titans 2010 first-round pick Derrick Morgan has been working with the second-team defense at training camp.
He's practicing behind annual practice squad-type Pannel Egboh. Morgan has reportedly been assured by defensive coordinator Jerry Gray that he's "still the starter" at left end. Morgan was the 16th overall draft pick three Aprils ago.
Derrick Morgan LB TEN Jul 21 '12
The Tennessean confirms that Derrick Morgan is expected to start at left defensive end this season.
Morgan played last season at less than 100 percent after sustaining an ACL tear in 2010. Now nearing full health, he'll bookend free-agent addition Kamerion Wimbley. There's some sleeper appeal here in deeper IDP formats.
Derrick Morgan LB TEN Jun 25 '12
DE Derrick Morgan is no longer wearing a knee brace.
Morgan tore his ACL during Week 4 of the 2010 season and managed just 2.5 sacks while wearing the brace in 2011. He says he was only 75-80 percent. Now the former first-round pick says he's at 100 percent and feeling no pain. The Titans believe Morgan has turned the corner.