Derrick Morgan DL TEN 7 Months
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 DL 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 DL 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 DL 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 DL 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.
Derrick Morgan DL TEN May 20 '12
Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray expects the addition of RE Kamerion Wimbley to help spur LE Derrick Morgan's production.
"Wimbley, your job is to get Morgan to get that double-team off you, to get that chip off you, because if you don't they'll chip you the whole year," Gray said. Coming off a torn ACL in 2011, Morgan managed just 30 tackles and 2.5 sacks in 15 appearances (10 starts). He should regain explosion a full year removed.
Derrick Morgan DL TEN Feb 25 '12
Titans coach Mike Munchak says the team expects "big things" out of DE Derrick Morgan in 2012.
The 16th overall pick in the 2010 draft, Morgan managed 2.5 sacks and 30 tackles in 15 appearances (10 starts) last season. "I think he has that potential, yes," Munchak said. "We are excited about him. I feel like last year he was our fifth rookie starter. I think he has a year behind him with his injury, and we are expecting big things out of him." The injury Munchak referred to was Morgan's rookie-season ACL tear. He'll be a full year removed in 2012.
Derrick Morgan DL TEN Feb 07 '12
Titans GM Ruston Webster plans to focus on the defensive front seven and upgrading the rushing attack this offseason.
The team has a few building blocks up front in DT Jurrell Casey, pass rusher Karl Klug, and 2010 first-rounder Derrick Morgan, but Jason Jones, Dave Ball, William Hayes, and Barrett Ruud are all free agents. At $35 million under the cap, the Titans are in "pretty good shape," and Webster believes there's a strong crop of free agents. The running game upgrades will likely come on the interior of the offensive line.
Derrick Morgan DL TEN Nov 03 '11
Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray is open to the possibility of moving either Derrick Morgan or Jason Jones to right defensive end this season.
"To me, really, when you put a guy out there, if he could play right end, he could play left end," Gray said. "Just put down the opposite hand and get off, and eventually you get good at it. So hopefully we'll see if one guy can play left and the other can play right." Morgan supplanted Jones as the team's starting left end last Sunday and appears to be in line for more work as he becomes more acclimated with the defense. With current starter Dave Ball on a one-year contract, it would be in the Titan's best interst to try and get both Morgan and Jones on the field as much as possible, as both were heavily invested in as high draft picks.