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TENNESSEE TITANS

GAMEDAY 2020 TENNESSEE TITANS VS. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020 | Nissan Stadium

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TENNESSEE TITANS (1-0) VS. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (1-0) The Tennessee Titans (1-0) play their home opener this week against the AFC South rival Jacksonville Jaguars (1-0). Kickoff at Nissan Stadium is scheduled for noon CDT on Sunday, Sept. 20. For the first time, the Titans will host a game at Nissan Stadium with no fans present. In August, the Titans and the city of Nashville announced the decision that no fans would attend the contest due to COVID-19 restrictions. No decision has been announced for the remaining Titans home dates, including three games in October. With a win this week, the Titans would even their all-time record to 11-11 in home openers at Nissan Stadium, which opened in 1999.

TITANS EARN NARROW WIN IN OPENER The Titans will have a short week to prepare for the Jaguars after traveling to Denver in Week 1 for Monday Night Football. They escaped Mile High with a hard-earned 16-14 victory after Stephen Gostkowski made a go-ahead 25-yard field goal with 17 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. Starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill led his 17th career game-winning drive, capping a game in which he completed 29 of 43 passes for 249 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Derrick Henry totaled 116 rushing yards on 31 attempts to notch his 14th career 100-yard rushing game (regular season and playoffs) and his eighth such performance in his last 10 regular season and postseason contests. Meanwhile, the Titans defense limited the Broncos to 122 total yards in the second half. Safety Kevin Byard and defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons combined for the game’s only takeaway, with a forced fumble and recovery, respectively.

THE BROADCAST This week’s game will be regionally televised on CBS, including Nashville affiliate WTVF NewsChannel 5. The broadcast team includes playby-play announcer Andrew Catalon, analyst James Lofton and reporter AJ Ross. Fans can livestream the game on their mobile devices from the Titans Mobile App (iOS and Android) and on TennesseeTitans.com mobile web. Restrictions apply. For more information visit TennesseeTitans.com or NFL.com/ways-to-watch. The Titans Radio Network, including Nashville flagship 104.5 The Zone, will carry the game across the Mid-South with the “Voice of the Titans” Mike Keith, analyst Dave McGinnis, sideline reporter Amie Wells, and gameday hosts Rhett Bryan and Jonathan Hutton.

THE JAGUARS The Jaguars are in their fourth full season under head coach Doug Marrone, who led the team to a division title in 2017. They are looking to rebound after a 6-10 finish in 2019. In Week 1, the Jaguars hosted the division rival Indianapolis Colts and won 27-20. They were outgained in total yards 445 to 241 but recorded two interceptions and scored the game’s final 10 points. Jaguars second-year quarterback Gardner Minshew completed 19 of 20 pass attempts (95.0 percent) for 173 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 142.3 passer rating. He became the fourth quarterback in NFL history with a completion percentage of 95 of higher (minimum 20 attempts) in a single game.

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TITANIC A YEAR LATER, EVERYTHING HAS CHANGED FOR TITANS QB RYAN TANNEHILL By Jim Wyatt

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t the start of the 2019 season, Ryan Tannehill was a back-up quarterback set to play on a one-year deal in Tennessee. Tannehill had been traded to the Titans – from the Dolphins -- a few months earlier, and he was living in a new city with an uncertain future. Some thought his career might be headed toward a quiet ending.  Fast-forward to today.  Tannehill earned a lucrative new contract earlier this offseason after guiding the Titans to an AFC Championship Game appearance in January, and now he’s one of the leaders on a team trying to take the next step. Marcus Mariota, the quarterback he deferred to this time a year ago, is now on a new team.  Instead of fading out, Tannehill’s career is taking off, and he wants to take the Titans with him.  “It is kind of wild how much things have changed in a year,” Tannehill said. “But I am really excited about the opportunity that we have as a team. I am really excited about the guys that we have on this team, the guys that we have in the locker room, and the opportunity that we have in front of us.  “It’s a new year, but we’re bringing back a lot of familiar faces. I am excited about hopefully taking the next step as a group in 2020.”  Tannehill was named AP Comeback Player of the Year following last season, when he played in his first Pro Bowl.  Tannehill led the NFL with a 117.5 rating in 2019, and he guided the Titans to a pair of playoff wins – at New England and Baltimore – and into the AFC Championship Game, where the Titans lost to the Chiefs.  During the regular season, Tannehill threw for 2,742 yards with 22 touchdowns and six interceptions. He’s guided the Titans to a 9-4 mark, including playoffs, since taking over as the team’s starter in Week 7.  In 2020, the Titans are optimistic with so many familiar faces returning.  Running back Derrick Henry returned on a long-term deal of his own, the team’s top three receivers – Corey Davis, A.J. Brown and Adam Humphries – all returned as well, along with tight ends Jonnu Smith, Anthony Firkser and MyCole Pruitt. Four of five starters are back on the offensive line.  Offensive coordinator Arthur Smith is in his second season as offensive coordinator.  “Any time you have continuity from year to year it helps a lot,” Tannehill said. “The league, your team usually changes a whole lot from year to year and we do have change. But bringing back a lot of familiar faces is

a good thing. We are jumping back into the same offense, with some minor adjustments, and we’re able to lock into some small details that we never really got to last year. If we can do that this year and keep pushing forward, it is really going to help us. And when you have that familiarity with the guy that is beside you, the guy you are throwing to, the guy who is handing you the ball, hopefully it will help us. “I am excited about the opportunity that we have, and the guys on this football team. I feel like we have a lot of things working for us, and it could really be a good year for us.”  The goals, Tannehill said, are clear. 

“Last year, we came up two wins shy of what our ultimate goal is – every year you set out to win the division, and ultimately win the Super Bowl,” Tannehill said. “All the work we put in is to win. So obviously that is the ultimate goal. “But you can’t think about that. You think about the daily process of what you need to accomplish and taking the next step in the offense. Our defense will take the next step in the defense and … we just need to do a better job consistently throughout the whole year. Last year we got off to a slow start, and it took a while for us to find our stride. We need to get off to a better start this year and be able to not have to back ourselves in a corner to fight out. It would be nice to come out and play well early in the year.” 

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2020 TENNESSEE TITANS AS OF september 18, 2020

NO. NAME

POS. HT. WT. AGE EXP. COLLEGE

44 Beasley Jr., Vic OLB 41 Blasingame, Khari FB/RB 62 Brewer, Aaron C 48 Brinkley, Beau LS 11 Brown, A.J. WR 55 Brown, Jayon LB 21 Butler, Malcolm CB 31 Byard, Kevin S 99 Clowney, Jadeveon OLB 53 Compton, Will LB 40 Correa, Kamalei OLB 94 Crawford, Jack DL 84 Davis, Corey WR 64 Davis, Nate OL 92 Dickerson, Matt DE 75 Douglas, Jamil G/C 49 Dzubnar, Nick LB 32 Evans, Darrynton RB 54 Evans, Rashaan LB 86 Firkser, Anthony TE 26 Fulton, Kristian CB 3 Gostkowski, Stephen K 22 Henry, Derrick RB 37 Hooker, Amani DB 10 Humphries, Adam WR 35 Jackson, Chris DB 60 Jones, Ben C 90 Jones, DaQuan DL 33 Joseph, Johnathan CB 46 Kalu, Joshua DB 71 Kelly, Dennis T 6 Kern, Brett P 58 Landry III, Harold OLB 77 Lewan, Taylor T 51 Long Jr., David LB 97 Mack, Isaiah DT 30 Milton, Chris CB 52 Munyer, Daniel C 91 Murchison, Larrell DL 20 Perry, Senorise RB 85 Pruitt, MyCole TE 14 Raymond, Kalif WR 50 Roberson, Derick OLB 76 Saffold III, Rodger G 70 Sambrailo, Ty T 98 Simmons, Jeffery DL 81 Smith, Jonnu TE 23 Smith, Tye CB 87 Swaim, Geoff TE 17 Tannehill, Ryan QB 24 Vaccaro, Kenny S 15 Westbrook-Ikhine, Nick WR 5 Woodside, Logan QB

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6-3 246 28 6 Clemson 6-0 233 24 2 Vanderbilt 6-1 274 22 R Texas State 6-4 260 30 9 Missouri 6-1 226 23 2 Mississippi 6-0 226 25 4 UCLA 5-11 190 30 7 West Alabama 5-11 212 27 5 Middle Tennessee State 6-5 255 27 7 South Carolina 6-1 235 30 7 Nebraska 6-3 241 26 5 Boise State 6-5 274 32 9 Penn State 6-3 209 25 4 Western Michigan 6-3 316 23 2 Charlotte 6-5 292 24 3 UCLA 6-4 309 28 3 Arizona State 6-1 240 29 6 Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo 5-10 203 22 R Appalachian State 6-2 232 24 3 Alabama 6-2 246 25 3 Harvard 5-11 197 22 R Louisiana State 6-1 215 36 15 Memphis 6-3 247 26 5 Alabama 5-11 210 22 2 Iowa 5-11 195 27 6 Clemson 5-10 193 22 R Marshall 6-3 308 31 9 Georgia 6-4 322 28 7 Penn State 5-11 186 36 15 South Carolina 6-0 203 25 2 Nebraska 6-8 321 30 9 Purdue 6-2 214 34 13 Toledo 6-2 252 24 3 Boston College 6-7 309 29 7 Michigan 5-11 227 23 2 West Virginia 6-1 299 24 2 Chattanooga 5-11 190 28 5 Georgia Tech 6-1 305 28 3 Colorado 6-2 297 23 R North Carolina State 6-0 210 28 6 Louisville 6-2 245 28 5 Southern Illinois 5-8 182 26 3 Holy Cross 6-3 250 24 2 Sam Houston State 6-5 325 32 11 Indiana 6-5 311 28 6 Colorado State 6-4 305 23 2 Mississippi State 6-3 248 25 4 Florida International 6-0 195 27 5 Towson 6-4 260 27 6 Texas 6-4 217 32 9 Texas A&M 6-0 214 29 8 Texas 6-2 211 23 R Indiana 6-1 213 25 1 Toledo

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NO. NAME

POS. HT. WT. AGE EXP. COLLEGE

PRACTICE SQUAD 56 13 16 89 66 7 28 38 36 72 57 4 59 73 39 78

Bates, Daren Batson, Cameron Hollister, Cody Hudson, Tommy Kemp, Brandon McCann, Tucker McNichols, Jeremy Nelson, Picasso Orr, Kareem Quessenberry, David Ray, Wyatt Siemian, Trevor Skipper, Tuzar Smith, Kobe Smith, Maurice Tart, Teair

LB WR WR TE T K RB DB CB OL OLB QB OLB NT DB DT

5-11 5-8 6-4 6-3 6-6 6-0 5-9 5-10 5-11 6-5 6-3 6-3 6-3 6-2 6-0 6-2

225 175 216 255 317 218 205 195 195 310 255 220 246 312 194 304

29 24 26 23 23 22 24 24 23 30 23 28 25 22 25 23

8 3 3 R R R 1 1 1 2 1 6 2 R 3 R

Auburn Texas Tech Arkansas Arizona State Valdosta State Missouri Boise State Southern Mississippi Chattanooga San Jose State Boston College Northwestern Toledo South Carolina Georgia Florida International

RESERVE/COVID-19 79

Wilson, Isaiah

T

6-6

350

21

R

Georgia

RESERVE/INJURED 29 25

Cruikshank, Dane Jackson, Adoree’

DB CB

6-1 5-11

209 185

25 24

3 4

Arizona Southern California

HEAD COACH MIKE VRABEL

ASSISTANT COACHES

MONDRAY GEE Strength and Conditioning Assistant

ARTHUR SMITH Offensive Coordinator

JIM HASLETT Inside Linebackers

CRAIG AUKERMAN Special Teams

CHANDLER HENLEY Quality Control

BRIAN BELL Strength and Conditioning Assistant

ZAK KUHR Defensive Quality Control

SCOTT BOOKER Safeties

ANTHONY MIDGET Secondary

SHANE BOWEN Outside Linebackers

ROB MOORE Wide Receivers

KEITH CARTER Offensive Line

PAT O’HARA Quarterbacks

RYAN CROW Assistant Special Teams

FRANK PIRAINO Strength and Conditioning

TONY DEWS Running Backs

LUKE STECKEL Offensive Assistant

TODD DOWNING Tight Ends

MIKE SULLIVAN Assistant Offensive Line

MATT EDWARDS Defensive Assistant

TERRELL WILLIAMS Defensive Line

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WEEK 1

2 0 2 0 T E N N E S S E E T I TA N S

WON 1, LOST 0

RESULTS 9/14

W

SCORE BY PERIODS 16 -14

at Denver Broncos

Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 OT PTS

Team Opponents

0 7 0 9 0 16 7 0 0 7 0 14

OFFENSE

TENN. OPP.

Total First Downs Rushing Passing Penalty 3rd Down: Made/Att 3rd Down Pct. 4th Down: Made/Att 4th Down Pct. Possession Avg. Total Net Yards Avg. Per Game Total Plays Avg. Per Play Net Yards Rushing Avg. Per Game Total Rushes Net Yards Passing Avg. Per Game Sacked/Yards Lost Gross Yards Attempts/Completions Completion Pct. Had Intercepted Punts/Average Net Punting Avg. Penalties/Yards Fumbles/Ball Lost Touchdowns Rushing Passing Returns

26 19 6 6 17 12 3 1 7/16 3/9 43.8% 33.3% 1/1 0/1 100.0% 0.0% 32:40 27:20 377 323 377.0 323.0 78 59 4.8 5.5 130 107 130.0 107.0 34 26 247 216 247.0 216.0 1/2 0/0 249 216 43/29 33/22 67.4% 66.7% 0 0 4/51.0 5/51.0 47.0 42.6 5/37 5/56 0/0 4/1 2 2 0 1 2 1 0 0

SCORING

TD Ru Pa Rt PAT

FG

2Pt PTS

M.Pruitt 1 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0 6 J.Smith 1 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0 6 S.Gostkowski 0 0 0 0 1/2 1/4 0 4 Team 2 0 2 0 1/2 1/4 0 16 Opponents 2 1 1 0 2/2 0/0 0 14

FIELD GOALS

1-19

S.Gostkowski Team Opponents

0/0 1/1 0/0 0/3 0/0 0/0 1/1 0/0 0/3 0/0 0/0 1/1 0/0 0/3 0/0

20-29 30-39 40-49 50+

2-Pt. Conversions: Team: 0/0, Opponents: 0/0 Sacks: Team: 0.0, Opponents: 1.0 Fumbles Lost: Total: 0 Opponent Fumble Recoveries: J.Simmons 1 Total: 1 P Brett Kern

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PASSING

Att

R.Tannehill Team Opponents

43 29 249 67.4% 5.8 2 4.7% 0 0.0% 23 1/2 43 29 249 67.4% 5.8 2 4.7% 0 0.0% 23 1/2 33 22 216 66.7% 6.6 1 3.0% 0 0.0% 31 0/0

Cmp

Yds

Cmp% Yds/Att TD

RUSHING

TD%

Int

Int%

Long

Sack/Lost

Rating 97.9 97.9 95.0

INTERCEPTIONS

No. Yds Avg Long TD

No. Yds Avg Long TD

D.Henry R.Tannehill Team Opponents

31 116 3.7 13 3 14 4.7 11 34 130 3.8 13 26 107 4.1 25

Team Opponents

0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0.0 0

0 0 0 1

0 0

PUNTING RECEIVING

No. Yds Avg Long TD

C.Davis A.Humphries A.Brown J.Smith D.Henry A.Firkser K.Blasingame M.Pruitt J.McNichols K.Raymond Team Opponents

7 101 14.4 23 6 47 7.8 10 5 39 7.8 12 4 36 9.0 22 3 15 5.0 6 2 5 2.5 6 1 5 5.0 5 1 1 1.0 1t 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0.0 0 29 249 8.6 23 22 216 9.8 31

B.Kern 4 204 51.0 47.0 0 2 66 0 Team 4 204 51.0 47.0 0 2 66 0 Opponents 5 232 46.4 42.6 0 3 56 0

0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 1

No. Yds Avg Net TB In Lg B

PUNT RETURNS

Ret FC Yds Avg Long TD

K.Raymond Team Opponents

3 1 19 6.3 11 0 3 1 19 6.3 11 0 2 1 16 8.0 9 0

KICKOFF RETURNS

No. Yds Avg Long TD

K.Raymond Team

1 19 19.0 19 1 19 19.0 19

0 0

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10

56

Daren Bates

LB

13

Cameron Batson

WR

44

Vic Beasley Jr.,

OLB

41

Khari Blasingame

62

Aaron Brewer

C

48

Beau Brinkley

LS

11

A.J. Brown

WR

55

Jayon Brown

LB

21

Malcolm Butler

CB

31

Kevin Byard

S

99

Jadeveon Clowney

OLB

53

Will Compton

LB

40

Kamalei Correa

OLB

94

Jack Crawford

DL

29

Dane Cruikshank

DB

84

Corey Davis

WR

FB/RB

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64

Nate Davis

OL

92

Matt Dickerson

DE

75

Jamil Douglas

G/C

49

Nick Dzubnar

LB

32

Darrynton Evans

RB

54

Rashaan Evans

LB

86

Anthony Firkser

TE

26

Kristian Fulton

CB

3

Stephen Gostkowski

K

22

Derrick Henry

RB

16

Cody Hollister

WR

37

Amani Hooker

DB

Tommy Hudson

TE

10

Adam Humphries

WR

25

Adoree’ Jackson

CB

35

Chris Jackson

DB

89

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2020 TENNESSEE TITANS

12

60

Ben Jones

C

90

DaQuan Jones

DL

33

CB

46

Joshua Kalu

71

Dennis Kelly

T

66

Brandon Kemp

T

6

Brett Kern

P

58

Harold Landry III

77

Taylor Lewan

T

51

David Long Jr.

LB

97

Isaiah Mack

DT

7

Tucker McCann

K

28

Jeremy McNichols

RB

30

Chris Milton

CB

52

Daniel Munyer

C

91

Larrell Murchison

DL

Johnathan Joseph

DB

OLB

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2020 TENNESSEE TITANS

38

Picasso Nelson

DB

36

Kareem Orr

CB

20

Senorise Perry

RB

85

MyCole Pruitt

72

David Quessenberry

OL

57

Wyatt Ray

OLB

14

Kalif Raymond

WR

50

Derick Roberson

OLB

76

Rodger Saffold III

G

70

Ty Sambrailo

CBT

4

Trevor Siemian

QB

98

Jeffery Simmons

DL

59

Tuzar Skipper

OLB

81

Jonnu Smith

TE

73

Kobe Smith

NT

39

Maurice Smith

DB

TE

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2020 TENNESSEE TITANS

23

Tye Smith

24

Kenny Vaccaro

CB

87

Geoff Swaim

TE

17

Ryan Tannehill

S

15

Nick Westbrook-Ikhine WR

79

Isaiah Wilson

QB

78

T

5

Teair Tart

DT

Logan Woodside

QB

Tennessee Titans kicker Stephen Gostkowski (3) celebrates his game winning field goal with teammates during the second half on Monday Night Football.

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PROBABLE STARTERS 2 0 2 0 T E N N E S S E E T I TA N S

WR Corey Davis

OFFENSE pos. no. NAME WR TE LT LG C RG RT WR WR QB RB

84 81 77 76 60 64 71 10 11 17 22

Corey Davis Jonnu Smith Taylor Lewan Rodger Saffold III Ben Jones Nate Davis Dennis Kelly Adam Humphries A.J. Brown Ryan Tannehill Derrick Henry

DEFENSE pos. no. NAME CB Malcolm Butler

DE NT DT OLB ILB ILB OLB CB SS FS CB

94 90 98 99 54 55 58 25 24 31 21

Jack Crawford DaQuan Jones Jeffery Simmons Jadeveon Clowney Rashaan Evans Jayon Brown Harold Landry III Adoree’ Jackson Kenny Vaccaro Kevin Byard Malcolm Butler

SPECIAL TEAMS pos. no. NAME K P H PR KR LS

3 6 6 14 14 48

Stephen Gostkowski Brett Kern Brett Kern Kalif Raymond Kalif Raymond Beau Brinkley

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2020 JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS AS OF september 18, 2020

16

NO. NAME

POS. HT. WT. AGE EXP. COLLEGE

53 41 36 78 90 60 45 17 27 84 18 9 58 31 87 88 86 2 96 52 25 23 37 44 48 98 19 95 29 4 65 6 54 46 49 15 68 33 80 50 76 74 30 47 24 69 10 94 75 20 34 40 12 26 42

LB DE CB OL DL OL DE/LB WR DB/RS WR WR P DT RB TE TE TE QB DE DT CB CB CB LB LB DT WR DT S K OL QB LB LS FB QB OL RB TE LB OL OL RB LB CB OL WR DL OL S RB S WR S S

Allen, Dakota Allen, Josh Barcoo, Luq Bartch, Ben Bryan, Taven Cann, A.J. Chaisson, K’Lavon Chark Jr., DJ Claybrooks, Chris Cole Sr., Keelan Conley, Chris Cooke, Logan Costin, Doug Cottrell, Nathan Davis, Tyler Eifert, Tyler Ellefson, Ben Glennon, Mike Gotsis, Adam Hamilton, DaVon Hayden, D.J. Henderson, CJ Herndon, Tre Jack, Myles Jacobs, Leon Jernigan, Timmy Johnson, Collin Jones, Abry Jones, Josh Lambo, Josh Linder, Brandon Luton, Jake Marsh Sr., Cassius Matiscik, Ross Miller, Bruce Minshew II, Gardner Norwell, Andrew Ogunbowale, Dare O’Shaughnessy, James Quarterman, Shaquille Richardson Jr., Will Robinson, Cam Robinson, James Schobert, Joe Scott, Josiah Shatley, Tyler Shenault Jr., Laviska Smoot, Dawuane Taylor, Jawaan Thomas, Daniel Thompson, Chris Watson, Brandon Westbrook, Dede Wilson, Jarrod Wingard, Andrew

6-1 6-5 6-1 6-6 6-5 6-3 6-3 6-4 5-9 6-1 6-3 6-5 6-2 5-11 6-4 6-6 6-3 6-7 6-4 6-4 5-11 6-1 5-11 6-1 6-2 6-2 6-6 6-4 6-2 6-0 6-6 6-6 6-4 6-0 6-2 6-1 6-6 5-10 6-4 6-0 6-6 6-6 5-9 6-1 5-9 6-3 6-1 6-3 6-5 5-10 5-8 5-11 6-0 6-2 6-0

232 262 175 309 291 315 254 198 179 194 205 230 295 193 252 255 250 225 287 320 190 204 185 244 246 295 222 318 220 215 315 224 254 235 248 225 325 205 245 234 306 320 219 245 185 310 227 264 312 215 195 198 178 210 209

24 23 22 22 24 28 21 23 23 27 27 25 22 24 23 30 24 30 27 23 30 21 24 25 24 27 22 29 25 29 28 24 28 24 33 24 28 26 28 22 24 24 22 26 21 29 21 25 22 22 29 25 26 26 23

2 2 R R 3 6 R 3 R 4 6 3 R R R 8 R 8 5 R 8 R 3 5 3 7 R 8 4 6 7 R 7 R 6 2 7 3 6 R 3 4 R 5 R 6 R 4 2 R 8 2 4 5 2

Texas Tech Kentucky San Diego State St. John’s (Minn.) Florida South Carolina LSU LSU Memphis Kentucky Wesleyan Georgia Mississippi State Miami (Ohio) Georgia Tech Georgia Tech Notre Dame North Dakota State North Carolina State Georgia Tech Ohio State Houston Florida Vanderbilt UCLA Wisconsin Florida State Texas Georgia North Carolina State Texas A&M Miami (Fla.) Oregon State UCLA Baylor Central Florida Washington State Ohio State Wisconsin Illinois State Miami (Fla.) North Carolina State Alabama Illinois State Wisconsin Michigan State Clemson Colorado Illinois Florida Auburn Florida State Michigan Oklahoma Michigan Wyoming

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NO. NAME

POS. HT. WT. AGE EXP. COLLEGE

Reserve/COVID-19 List 21

Armstead, Ryquell

RB

5-11

220

23

2

Temple

Reserve/Suspended By Commisioner List 79 97

Davis, Carl Mauro, Josh

DT DL

6-5 6-6

320 290

28 29

6 7

Iowa Stanford

Reserve/Retired List 99 59

Gunter, Rodney Lynch, Aaron

DL DE/LB

6-5 6-6

305 270

28 27

6 7

Delaware State South Florida

Reserve/Opt Out List 55 McCray, Lerentee 97 Woods, Al 22 Melvin, Rashaan

DE 6-3 249 30 7 Florida DT 6-4 330 33 11 LSU CB 6-2 194 30 7 Northern Illinois

Reserve/Injured List 39 Brock, Tramaine 89 Oliver, Josh 22 Ozigbo, Devine 98 Russell, Dontavius 56 Williams, Quincy

CB TE RB DT LB

6-0 188 32 11 Belhaven 6-5 249 23 2 San Jose State 6-2 225 23 2 Nebraska 6-3 320 24 2 Auburn 5-11 225 24 2 Murray State

HEAD COACH DOUG MARRONE

ASSISTANT COACHES JAY GRUDEN Offensive Coordinator JOE DECAMILLIS Special Teams Coordinator TOM MYSLINSKI Strength and Conditioning Coordinator

BEN MCADOO Quarterbacks Coach KEENAN MCCARDELL Wide Receivers Coach RON MIDDLETON Tight Ends Coach CHRIS O’HARA Offensive Assistant ERIC PRICE Offense-Research JASON REBROVICH Defensive Line Coach

TODD WASH Defensive Coordinator

DENARD ROBINSON Offensive Quality Control

MARK COLLINS Linebackers Coach

TERRY ROBISKIE Running Backs Coach

JOE DANNA Secondary Coach — Safeties

CEDRIC SCOTT Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach

TONY GILBERT Assistant linebackers coach SEAN KARPF Strength and Conditioning Associate JESS LANGVARDT Strength and Conditioning Associate MIKE MALLORY Assistant Special Teams Coordinator

DWAYNE STUKES Defensive Assistant TONY SPARANO JR. Assistant Offensive Line Coach TIM WALTON Secondary Coach - Cornerbacks GEORGE WARHOP Offensive Line CoachLine TERRELL WILLIAMS Defensive Line

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WEEK 1

2020 JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

WON 1, LOST 0

RESULTS 9/13

W

SCORE BY PERIODS 27-20

Indianapolis Colts

Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 OT PTS

Team Opponents

0 14 3 10 0 27 7 10 0 3 0 20

OFFENSE

JAC. OPP.

Total First Downs Rushing Passing Penalty 3rd Down: Made/Att 3rd Down Pct. 4th Down: Made/Att 4th Down Pct. Possession Avg. Total Net Yards Avg. Per Game Total Plays Avg. Per Play Net Yards Rushing Avg. Per Game Total Rushes Net Yards Passing Avg. Per Game Sacked/Yards Lost Gross Yards Attempts/Completions Completion Pct. Had Intercepted Punts/Average Net Punting Avg. Penalties/Yards Fumbles/Ball Lost Touchdowns Rushing Passing Returns

17 27 4 5 11 17 2 5 5/10 4/12 50.0% 33.3% 0/0 1/3 0.0% 33.3% 26:37 33:23 241 445 241.0 445.0 47 69 5.1 6.4 91 88 91.0 88.0 23 22 150 357 150.0 357.0 4/23 1/6 173 363 20/19 46/36 95.0% 78.3% 0 2 3/45.3 0/0 45.3 0 6/61 5/80 0/0 0/0 3 2 0 1 3 1 0 0

SCORING

TD Ru Pa Rt PAT

J.Lambo K.Cole D.Chark L.Shenault Team Opponents

0 0 0 0 3/3 2/2 0 9 1 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0 6 1 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0 6 1 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0 6 3 0 3 0 3/3 2/2 0 27 2 1 1 0 2/2 2/3 0 20

FG

2Pt PTS

FIELD GOALS

1-19

J.Lambo Team Opponents

0/0 0/0 0/0 1/1 1/1 0/0 0/0 0/0 1/1 1/1 0/0 1/1 1/2 0/0 0/0

20-29 30-39 40-49 50+

2-Pt. Conversions: Team: 0/0, Opponents: 0/0 Sacks: M.Jack 1.0 Team: 1.0, Opponents: 4.0 Fumbles Lost: Total: 0 Opponent Fumble Recoveries: 0 CB C.J. Henderson

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PASSING

Att

G.Minshew Team Opponents

20 19 173 95.0% 8.6 3 15.0% 0 0.0% 28 4/23 142.3 20 19 173 95.0% 8.6 3 15.0% 0 0.0% 28 4/23 142.3 46 36 363 78.3% 7.9 1 2.2% 2 4.3% 35 1/6 88.7

Cmp

Yds

Cmp% Yds/Att TD

RUSHING

TD%

Int

Int%

Long

Sack/Lost

Rating

INTERCEPTIONS

No. Yds Avg Long TD

No. Yds Avg Long TD

J.Robinson G.Minshew L.Shenault Team Opponents

16 62 3.9 12 5 19 3.8 11 2 10 5.0 5 23 91 4.0 12 22 88 4.0 18

C.Henderson A.Wingard Team

1 22 22.0 22 1 12 12.0 12 2 34 17.0 22

0 0 0 0 1

0 0 0

PUNTING RECEIVING

No. Yds Avg Net TB In Lg B

L.Cooke Team

3 136 45.3 45.3 0 1 53 0 3 136 45.3 45.3 0 1 53 0

No. Yds Avg Long TD

K.Cole 5 47 9.4 22t L.Shenault 3 37 12.3 18 D.Chark 3 25 8.3 12 C.Thompson 2 6 3.0 4 J.Robinson 1 28 28.0 28 C.Johnson 1 14 14.0 14 T.Eifert 1 8 8.0 8 C.Conley 1 6 6.0 6 B.Miller 1 2 2.0 2 J.O’Shaughnessy 1 0 0.0 0 Team 19 173 9.1 28 Opponents 36 363 10.1 35

1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1

PUNT RETURNS

Ret FC Yds Avg Long TD

Team Opponents

0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 1 0 0.0 0 0

KICKOFF RETURNS

No. Yds Avg Long TD

C.Claybrooks Team Opponents

2 50 25.0 39 2 50 25.0 39 3 90 30.0 41

0 0 0

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2020 JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

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84

Dakota Allen

LB

41

Josh Allen

DE

21

Ryquell Armstead

RB

36

Luq Barcoo

CB

78

Ben Bartch

OL

39

Tramaine Brock

CB

90

Taven Bryan

DL

60

A.J. Cann

OL

45

K’Lavon Chaisson

DE/LB

17

DJ Chark Jr.

WR

27

Chris Claybrooks

DB/RS

84

Keelan Cole Sr.

WR

18

Chris Conley

WR

9

P

58

Doug Costin

DT

31

Nathan Cottrell

RB

Logan Cooke

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79

Carl Davis

DT

87

Tyler Davis

TE

88

Tyler Eifert

TE

86

Ben Ellefson

TE

2

Mike Glennon

QB

96

Adam Gotsis

DE

99

Rodney Gunter

DL

52

DaVon Hamilton

DT

25

D.J. Hayden

CB

23

CJ Henderson

CB

37

Tre Herndon

CB

44

Myles Jack

LB

48

Leon Jacobs

LB

98

Timmy Jernigan

DT

19

Collin Johnson

WR

95

Abry Jones

DT

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2020 JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

22

29

Josh Jones

S

4

K

65

Brandon Linder

OL

6

59

Aaron Lynch

DE/LB

54

Cassius Marsh Sr.

LB

97

Josh Mauro

DL

55

Lerentee McCray

DE

22

Rashaan Melvin

CB

49

Bruce Miller

68

Andrew Norwell

OL

33

Dare Ogunbowale

RB

89

Josh Oliver

Josh Lambo

Jake Luton

QB

46

Ross Matiscik

LS

FB

15

Gardner Minshew II

QB

TE

80

James O’Shaughnessy

TE

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2020 JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

22

Devine Ozigbo

RB

50

Shaquille Quarterman

LB

76

Will Richardson Jr.

OL

74

Cam Robinson

OL

30

James Robinson

RB

47

Joe Schobert

LB

24

Josiah Scott

CB

69

Tyler Shatley

OL

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. (10) scores a touchdown in front of Indianapolis Colts free safety Malik Hooker (29).

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2020 JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

24

10

Laviska Shenault Jr.

WR

94

Dawuane Smoot

DL

75

Jawaan Taylor

OL

20

Daniel Thomas

S

34

Chris Thompson

RB

40

Brandon Watson

S

12

Dede Westbrook

WR

26

Jarrod Wilson

S

56

Quincy Williams

LB

42

Andrew Wingard

S

97

Al Woods

DT

HEAD COACH Doug Marrone

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew (15) celebrates after throwing a touchdown pass to wide receiver D.J. Chark (17).

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PROBABLE STARTERS 2020 JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

WR DJ Chark Jr.

OFFENSE pos. no. NAME WR LT LG C RG RT TE QB RB FB WR

17 74 68 65 60 75 80 15 30 49 18

DJ Chark Jr. Cam Robinson Andrew Norwell Brandon Linder A.J. Cann Jawaan Taylor James O’Shaughnessy Gardner Minshew II James Robinson Bruce Miller Chris Conley

DEFENSE pos. no. NAME DE NT DT DE WLB MLB SLB RCB FS SS LCB

41 95 90 96 44 47 48 37 26 29 23

Josh Allen Abry Jones Taven Bryan Adam Gotsis Myles Jack Joe Schobert Leon Jacobs Tre Herndon Jarrod Wilson Josh Jones CJ Henderson

LB Myles Jack

SPECIAL TEAMS pos. no. NAME K P H PR KR LS

4 9 9 12 84 49

Josh Lambo Logan Cooke Logan Cooke Dede Westbrook Keelan Cole Ross Matiscik

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TENNESSEE TOUGH

TITANS LAUNCH AUGMENTED-REALITY MURAL IN DOWNTOWN NASHVILLE

As a surprise component of Titans Kickoff Week, the Tennessee Titans unveiled a mural in downtown Nashville called “Tennessee Tough,” designed and painted by Nashville muralist Eric “MOBE” Bass. The project is believed to be the first NFL team mural to incorporate augmented-reality (AR) technology. “Tennessee Tough” is located at the corner of Sixth Avenue South and Korean Veterans Boulevard, across the street from Music City Center. The mural spans the full wall of the building, measuring 135 feet by 26 feet. Key components of the design include: A football player with his arms wide, “615” as his jersey number and “Nashville” on his name plate Quotes from significant Tennessee figures such as John Lewis, Pat Summitt and Wilma Rudolph A representation of Tennessee’s counties, painted on the mural and illustrated in the AR experience

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“This project is extremely special for the Tennessee Titans as an organization for many reasons, but particularly because it’s dedicated to the people of this great state,” said Titans Sr. Vice President, Chief Marketing & Revenue Officer Gil Beverly. “Our region has seen many challenges in 2020 and we’re conquering them as a community. This mural represents unity and hope that our efforts together will create an even stronger Tennessee.” The AR experience was created by consumer engagement technology company MVP Interactive, which has created interactive fan experiences for many sports teams and entertainment venues. To activate the technology, viewers can visit the wall and go to www.titansmural.com on their mobile device. They will then be instructed to allow camera access and point their camera at the mural, which will animate once tapped on the screen. “The Titans are one of the first sports organizations to innovate during the pandemic and bring a first of its kind AR experience to their fans,” said James Giglio, CEO of MVP Interactive. “Our team was so excited to work with everyone at the Titans to help bring their vision to life and use the latest in emerging technology to provide fans and residents a greater emotional connection to Tennessee.” Bass’ artwork is displayed in private residences and more public locations throughout the world. In Nashville, some of his most well-known murals include “Spaceman” in Midtown, the “Nashville” mylar balloons in Five Points and various murals inside The Valentine on Broadway.

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“It feels incredible to paint the first mural for the Titans,” Bass said. “To be on this scale and this location for the home team for the state, being from here and watching the Titans since I was a little kid, I feel blessed.” Fans can expect to see the Titans embracing the “Tennessee Tough” mentality throughout the season. The message can also be found written on the free yard signs distributed throughout the region during Titans Kickoff Week. “Tennessee Tough really just explains the resiliency of the people of Tennessee,” said Titans Creative Director Surf Melendez. “Tennessee Tough are people who get their hands dirty for a living and do what they have to do, like our first responders, essential workers and teachers. Tennessee Tough is our football team.”

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THE STORY BEHIND THE TITANS’ “END RACISM” VIDEO, AND WHY FISK UNIVERSITY PLAYED SUCH AN IMPORTANT ROLE By Jim Wyatt

Titans coach Mike Vrabel sat down in a pew in the historic, octagon-shaped chapel at Fisk University back in June, and began to see his vision turn into reality. Vrabel’s words at the start of the “End Racism” video produced by the team, which also included voices from 13 of his players and Titans General Manager Jon Robinson, spoke to the organization’s mission to make a positive change in the community as it relates to social injustice and racism.  The idea stemmed from a project Vrabel was part of at Ohio State University seven years ago: “A Reading of the Letter from Birmingham Jail,” a landmark civil rights document penned in 1963 by Martin Luther King Jr.. Vrabel, a former player and assistant coach at the school, was among those who recited an excerpt from the hour-long film released in 2013 by the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at OSU to facilitate diversity discussions among employees. The project impacted Vrabel so much, he mentioned to members of the organization when he was hired back in 2018 he wanted to do something similar in Nashville one day. 

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The idea came to fruition when the team’s video was released in July, and the end result was a powerful message delivered with players reading quotes from the likes of Dr. King, Malcolm X, activist Frederick Douglass, former President Barack Obama and several other important historical figures. The Titans and Fisk University also hope their partnership with the project during the Black Lives Matter movement will be a big step in forming a longstanding relationship between the organization and the historically black school. “The Tennessee Titans support the movement and want to be a part of positive change,” Vrabel said in the video, which was shared by the NFL’s social media channels, when it had over 200,000 views in a short time frame. “Our players have selected inspiring quotes and words that as you listen, we hope bring upon reflection, inspiration, and the conversation necessary to lead to action.”  Tina Tuggle, Senior Director of Community Impact with the Titans, said the team wanted to shoot the video at a location that was historically relevant to Nashville’s culture and climate of diversity and racial

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sensitivity, and that led the team 3 ½ miles down the road to Fisk. In 1865, barely six months after the end of the Civil War and just two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, the Fisk School was established in Nashville. Fisk convened its first classes on January 9, 1866, its first students ranging in age from seven to 70. The Fisk Jubilee Singers helped raise money for the school, and it let to the construction of Jubilee Hall, the South’s first permanent structure built for the education of black students. Designated as a National Historical Landmark, Jubilee Hall remains as the focal point of Fisk’s campus, and it was featured in the video that first appeared on the team’s social media channels. In 1930, Fisk became the first African-American institution to gain accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. In 1978, the Fisk campus was designated as a National Historic District in recognition of its architectural, historic, and cultural significance.  “We were able to tour the campus and learn a lot about the history of Fisk University, the Fisk University Jubilee Singers, and just understand the significance of the university and the historical value,” Tuggle said. “We’re very appreciative of Fisk allowing to shoot this important piece (on their campus).” 

With Jubilee Hall and other historical monuments on the campus serving as the backdrop, Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill, tight end Jonnu Smith, linebacker Rashaan Evans, receiver A.J. Brown, safety Kevin Byard, safety Dane Cruikshank, defensive lineman DaQuan Jones, tight end Anthony Firkser, center Ben Jones, fullback Khari Blasingame, tackle Taylor Lewan, linebacker Jayon Brown and safety Kenny Vaccaro all read quotes or delivered their own personal messages to reflect their feelings on issues they’re passionate about. The video also showed flashbacks from the sit-in protests in Nashville in 1960, and the Black Lives Matter protests in downtown last month. Dr. Vann Newkirk, provost and vice president for academic

affairs at Fisk University, said he was proud to see the Titans at the school, which has an enrollment of just under 1,000 students with students from Tennessee, and all over the world. “When you see all of the movement with Black Lives Matter, we’re looking at universities and we’re looking at the history of systemic racism in America, and when you look at what Fisk has done, it has probably done more with less resources than any university in America,” Newkirk said.  “We are a jewel, and there is so much that we do and that is important to me, and it is important for so many people at our university. You can see the rich history on campus, just by looking at the buildings. … I’d love to see a partnership with the

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Titans, with the team embracing the educational excellence the university stands for.” Tuggle, who helped spearhead the organization’s “We Stand For” campaign several years ago while working with some of the team’s former players, said the team’s current players wanted to speak their feelings about what the world is dealing with from a social justice perspective in current times. The team’s “We Stand For” campaign is designed to focus on positive ways to impact the Nashville community, and beyond. While the platform promotes social justice-related issues, it also promotes issues that affect society as a whole.  In the roughly three-minute video, Tannehill, standing in front of Fisk’s Jubilee Hall, followed Vrabel by reading a quote from Dr. King’s visit to Nashville during the civil rights movement in the 1960s: “I came to Nashville, not to bring inspiration, but to gain inspiration from the great movement that is taking place in this community.” 

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One by one, other players appeared in the video, using their platform to help create change. A Frederick Douglass quote was read by Evans, Brown and Smith: “If there is no struggle, there is no progress.”  Byard and Tannehill read a quote from President Obama: “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change we seek.”  A quote from writer Ida B. Wells-Barnett was read by Robinson: “The way to right wrongs is to shine the light of truth upon them.”  Smith, Cruikshank, Vaccaro and A.J. Brown read a quote from Kaepernick: “Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything.”  DaQuan Jones and Firkser read a quote from writer and civil rights activist Audre Lorde: “It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept and celebrate those differences.”  Jones and A.J. Brown read a quote from Helen Keller: “Alone

we can do so little, together we can do so much.” Blasingame, standing in front of a W.E.B. Du Bois statue on the Fisk campus, and Jayon Brown and Lewan shared a message on the BLM movement: “Black Lives Matter simply refers to the notion that there’s a specific vulnerability for African Americans that need to be addressed. It is not to suggest that other lives don’t matter. It’s to suggest that other folks aren’t experiencing this particular vulnerability.”  Jayon Brown, Blasingame, Tannehill, Firkser, and DaQuan Jones shared an Eldridge Cleaver quote: “You’re either part of the solution, or part of the problem.”  Then Vrabel reminded, “For those of us who can, we must be the voice for so many people that can’t have one.”  “To unite as a community, we have to stick together,” Ben Jones said. “You have to listen, you have to learn.”  In the video, Lewan said he wants to have uncomfortable conversations to help create change,

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and Evans said everyone can play a role in society. “Racism comes in all forms,” Smith said, “whether you believe so or think so or not.”  “I think that cohesiveness that exists within our team,” Robinson said. “If the entire country can kind of have that same love and same respect and same feel for each other, we will end racism.”  Tuggle said the response from the organization following the death of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer in Minneapolis, and the protests across the country that followed, has made her proud.  Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk issued a strong statement for equality while reiterating the organization’s stance against all forms of racism last month. Vrabel and Robinson have also been outspoken on the subject.  “During the Black Lives Matter movement, that means so much to different people,” Tuggle said. “So when you ask different groups: What does Black Lives Matter mean to you? Some people will

say equity, others will say equality, others will say police brutality, or whatever the case may be. But we wanted (players) to be able to identify quotes and words that mean a lot to them and let them speak to that. There were quotes above love, and quotes about understanding, and quotes about sacrifice. Whatever speaks to you, let’s start the conversation. The most relevant portion of it was starting the conversation, encouraging people to get uncomfortable talking about things, so that we could inevitably affect change. “What makes me the proudest is that we (as an organization) are actively trying to make a difference in our community in that regard, particularly with social justice, and making sure that we listen to what is important in our community, to the organization, to our players, to our staff. For us, (the video) isn’t something that was just done to do something, this was actually part of the fabric of the Titans organization, and I am really proud of that. We have a leadership team that is really effective in trying to

efficiently listen to what is said and determine how we can use our voice to make a difference.” Vrabel, who was involved in conversations with his players on the push for social justice during the team’s virtual offseason meetings, said he wants the organization to continue to do its part to help the world be a better place.  The team’s End Racism video, which dates back seven years in Vrabel’s mind, is just a part of an effort that must continue, and never end. From the wooden pew at Fisk Memorial Chapel, erected in 1892, where renowned lecturers such as Booker T. Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke in the past, he’s glad his voice - and the voice of his players could be heard.  “It’s something I thought would give our players a platform, give our organization a platform, to try and inspire some people,” Vrabel said. “We want to motivate people to try and create the positive change we want to make, and hopefully that will inspire even more people.”

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TITANS ELECT FIVE CAPTAINS FOR 2020 SEASON

QUARTERBACK RYAN TANNEHILL, RUNNING BACK DERRICK HENRY, SAFETY KEVIN BYARD, DEFENSIVE LINEMAN DAQUAN JONES AND PUNTER BRETT KERN ARE THE CAPTAINS FOR THIS SEASON

QB RYAN TANNEHILL

RB DERRICK HENRY

By Jim Wyatt

The Titans elected five captains for the 2020 season. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill, running back Derrick Henry, safety Kevin Byard, defensive lineman DaQuan Jones and punter Brett Kern are the captains for this season. “There were some guys that got a lot of votes on defense, kind of split that next wave of votes,” Titans head coach Mike Vrabel said. “But in the end, I think those guys were the runaway winners. “I think with Derrick, we have talked about the leadership role, and the improvement that he’s made in that area. Obviously, Brett has been such a consistent, positive player for us on our punt team, and the job that he does. You let the players vote, and then we’ll hold one spot for (a game day captain) that we feel like each week deserves it or is worthy of it.”

Tannehill joined the Titans prior to the 2019 season, and he finished as the NFL’s top-rated passer while guiding the team to the AFC Championship Game. Henry, like Tannehill, was named to the Pro Bowl following the 2019 season after he led the NFL in rushing last season. Byard, named a captain in 2019 as well, leads the NFL in interceptions with 17 over the past three seasons. Jones, heading into his seventh season with the team, has recorded 234 tackles and seven sacks from 2014-2019 with the team. Kern, named first-team All-Pro by the Associated Press in 2019 in addition to being named to his third straight Pro Bowl, is set to begin his 13th NFL season – his 12th with the Titans.

S KEVIN BYARD

DL DAQUAN JONES

P BRETT KERN

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day

date

opponent

kiCKOFF+

tv

Monday

9/14

at Denver

9:20 p.m.

ESPN

Sunday

9/20

JACKSONVILLE

Noon

CBS

Sunday

9/27

at Minnesota

Noon

CBS

Sunday

10/4

PITTSBURGH

Noon

CBS

Sunday

10/11

BUFFALO

Noon *

CBS

Sunday

10/18

HOUSTON

Noon *

CBS

Noon *

CBS

*

FOX

BYE Sunday

11/1

at Cincinnati

Sunday

11/8

CHICAGO

Noon

Thursday

11/12

INDIANAPOLIS

7:20 PM

FOX/NFLN/ Amazon

Sunday

11/22

at Baltimore

Noon *

CBS

Noon

*

CBS

Noon

*

CBS

*

CBS

Sunday Sunday

11/29 12/6

at Indianapolis CLEVELAND

Sunday

12/13

at Jacksonville

Noon

Sat/Sun

12/19 or 20

DETROIT

TBD *

Sunday Sunday

12/27 1/3

at Green Bay at Houston

TBD

7:20 p.m. Noon

*

*

NBC CBS

+All Kickoff Times Central *Times Subject to Change

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AMY

ADAMS STRUNK CONTROLLING OWNER AND CO-CHAIRMAN, BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Amy Adams Strunk assumed the role of controlling owner of the team in March 2015. She also serves as the co-chairman of the franchise's Board of Directors. In her time as controlling owner Strunk has transformed the franchise through her vision, commitment and decisions that have set the team on an ascending trajectory. She hired Jon Robinson as General Manager and Mike Vrabel as Head Coach, while installing Steve Underwood first and then Burke Nihill to the position of President/CEO. Additionally, she has annually committed significant resources to upgrade Nissan Stadium and the team's practice facility, Saint Thomas Sports Park. Strunk also continues to grow the administrative staff for the franchise with significant additions across all departments. All those changes translated to success on the field as the Titans went from a three-win team in 2015, to 9-7 records in

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each of the past four campaigns, playoff berths in two of the last three years and a trip to the AFC Championship game last year. It was the franchise’s first appearance in the AFC Championship game since 2002, and the streak of four consecutive winning seasons is the longest in the "Titans era� (1999-present). In the spring of 2018, she collaborated with Nashville city officials to secure the 2019 NFL Draft for downtown Nashville. By any measure, the 2019 NFL Draft was the most successful in NFL history, drawing a record 600,000 fans to downtown Nashville over the three-day event and setting television ratings records. The Draft resulted in $224 million in economic impact and $133 million in direct spending for the Tennessee economy, which were both NFL high-water marks. In June of 2019, Strunk was honored by the Tennessee Sports Hall of

Fame as the "Tennessean of the Year," for her role in bringing the NFL Draft to Nashville and her work to transform the franchise into a consistent winner. Two years ago, the Titans launched the "We Stand For" campaign, designed to bring attention to the causes that are important to the team's players, coaches and executives. In July 2019, Strunk presented $450,000 in grant funding to 10 local non-profit organizations to help aid their causes. Strunk also was a leader in the community following the tornado which struck Nashville and Middle Tennessee in 2020, stepping up to donate $1 million from the Titans Foundation to the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee to help those affected by the disaster. One of the daughters of Titans franchise founder K.S. "Bud" Adams, Jr., Strunk was raised on football and is proud of her father's role in founding the Amer-

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ican Football League as well as the decades of leadership he provided not only to the Titans franchise, but also to the National Football League. Her goal is to build upon that legacy and establish the Titans as one of the league's elite franchises. An independent businesswoman for more than 30 years, Strunk is the owner and president of both Kenada Farms and the Little River Oil and Gas Company. She has been significantly involved in the family's farming and ranching businesses, including serving as the vice president of Bud Adams Ranches, Inc. These ventures provided her valuable knowledge about customer service as well as the opportunity to manage a diverse range of employees and business operations, and these experiences have shaped her management style. "I believe in hiring good people and letting them do their jobs," said Strunk. "Everything should revolve around what's best for the Titans and not around the owner. While I talk frequently with the leaders of the Titans as I do with all of our family's companies, the people in our football operations need the control and latitude necessary to create an exciting and competitive team. "Our business staff needs the same freedom in order for our organization to reach its full potential and to continue to create a first-class fan experience at Nissan Stadium. Decisions will always be made based on what is the best for the team to reach our goals of becoming one of the elite franchises of the NFL and enriching the communities of Nashville and middle Tennessee. "Nashville is one of the most dynamic and rapidly growing cities in the nation with a very promising future," said Strunk. "We are proud to be a part of Nashville and Middle Tennessee, and we want the Titans to be a leader in providing opportunities for people and businesses in the city and the region to achieve their dreams." Engaged in the process of improving all aspects of the franchise, Strunk has the best interest of the football team and the fans

on her mind as she makes her decisions. As evidence of that engagement, the Titans have become one of the best home teams in the NFL, posting a 20-8 home mark in the last 28 games leading into the 2020 season. Last fall, the team also broke ground on a significant addition to Saint Thomas Sports Park, which will more than double the footprint and will allow all departments to be under one roof, after spending many years spread out over multiple locations. Additionally, the team will refurbish a number of football areas that have been untouched since the building opened in 1999. In 2016, Strunk was appointed to the NFL's Hall of Fame Committee. Her appointment continues a family legacy, as her father was a long-time member of the committee. Additionally, in 2017, Strunk was named to

the Board of Trustees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. In 2018, she added an appointment to the NFL's Super Bowl and Major Event Advisory Committee. A graduate of the University of Texas with a degree in history, Strunk is an avid horse enthusiast whose other interests include farming, ranching, tennis and a variety of other outdoor activities. She also served as a volunteer coach of both the boys and girls varsity tennis teams at her daughter's high school. Never one to turn down a challenge, during the 2017 offseason, Strunk accepted an invitation to skydive with members of the Army's Golden Knights to kick off draft week. Strunk is married to her husband Bill. She has three children — Tracy, Tommy, and Blanche, who are all avid sports fans and outdoor enthusiasts.

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BURKE

NIHILL PRESIDENT/CEO

Burke Nihill is in his fifth season with the Titans and his first as the team’s President/CEO. Prior to becoming President/CEO in May of 2020, he was elevated in February to Senior Vice President/ Business Operations & Chief Legal Officer. He originally joined the organization as General Counsel in 2016 and was elevated to Vice President and General Counsel in 2019. In his previous roles with the team, Nihill oversaw the club’s legal and human resources functions and worked on club initiatives related to state and local government, company culture, and general

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business planning and strategy for both the Titans and Nissan Stadium. During his time with the Titans, he has participated in the negotiation of club contracts with team sponsors, media rights partners, stadium vendors, and major concert and event promoters. Nihill was instrumental in Nashville’s effort to secure and execute the 2019 NFL Draft. He also was tasked with overseeing the renovation and expansion of Saint Thomas Sports Park. Before joining the Titans, Nihill gained 15 years of professional experience in several industries. He held legal and management roles at VMware, an international software company based in Silicon Valley. Prior to VMware, he served as Associate General Counsel at OfficeMax Incorporated and as a private attorney at a Chicago law firm. Nihill received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Illinois Wesleyan University and his law degree with honors from Chicago-Kent College of Law. Nihill resides in Franklin, Tenn., with his wife, Holly, and their three children, Emma, Jack, and Chase.

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JON

ROBINSON EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT/ GENERAL MANAGER

Jon Robinson enters his fifth season as the team’s general manager. He was hired in January of 2016 and was promoted in 2017 to executive vice president/general manager. Robinson’s work in his first four years helped the team go from three wins in the season prior to his arrival to four consecutive 9-7 seasons, earning playoff berths in two of the past three seasons and a spot in the 2019 AFC Championship Game for the first time since 2002. He became the fifth general manager in franchise history to have the team in the playoffs within his first two full seasons. Robinson also is the only general manger during the “Titans era” (1999-present) to oversee four consecutive winning seasons. The roster constructed by Robinson in 2019 featured the NFL’s leading rusher (Derrick Henry), the NFL’s leader in passer rating (Ryan Tannehill), the leading rookie receiver (A.J. Brown) and four Pro Bowl players (Henry, Tannehill, defensive tackle Jurrell Casey, punter Brett Kern). With this success, the 2020 offseason presented a number of challenges with 15 players reaching the end of their contracts. He was able to retain many key members, including Tannehill, Henry, tackle Dennis Kelly and outside linebacker Kamalei Correa. Additionally, he ex-

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tended contracts with Kevin Byard and Ben Jones, who were scheduled to reach free agency following the season, prior to the 2019 season kicking off. In free agency the team added outside linebacker Vic Beasley, cornerback Johnathan Joseph and special teamer/linebacker Nick Dzubnar. In the draft, the Titans selected tackle Isaiah Wilson, cornerback Kristian Fulton and running back Darrynton Evans in the first three rounds. In the 2019 offseason, Robinson added key veterans to bolster the roster, engineering a trade with Miami that brought Tannehill to the team, while also adding guard Rodger Saffold, wide receiver Adam Humphries and outside linebacker Cameron Wake. Robinson also was able to keep two key contributors on the roster, re-signing S Kenny Vaccaro and Kern. On draft day, Robinson added Mississippi State defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons in the first round and Brown from Ole Miss in the second round. Early in the 2018 unrestricted free agent signing period, Robinson targeted a pair of former New England Patriots: cornerback Malcolm Butler and running back Dion Lewis. During the 2018 NFL Draft, Robinson used trades to move up three times as he selected linebackers Rashaan Evans and Harold Landry.

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During the 2017 offseason, Robinson used free agency to address needs on defense and special teams. Most notably, he spearheaded deals for cornerback Logan Ryan (New England), safety Johnathan Cyprien (Jacksonville) and special teams Pro Bowler Brynden Trawick (Oakland). In the 2017 NFL Draft, Robinson spent first-round picks on wide receiver Corey Davis (fifth overall) and cornerback Adoree’ Jackson (18th overall). It marked the first time the franchise had a pair of first-round draft selections since 1987. Overall, the members of the 2017 draft class combined for 76 games played and 42 starts as rookies. In his first year as an NFL general manager, Robinson’s leadership and decision-making helped the Titans triple their win total from the previous season, finishing 9-7 in 2016 after a 3-13 finish in 2015. The six-win improvement tied for the most in franchise history (1967 and 1974) and doubled the previous club benchmark for the most wins in the first year under a new general manager (three by Bum Phillips in 1975). Within the first four months at his post, Robinson pulled the trigger on several key personnel decisions. On March 9, 2016, he made his first major acquisition, swapping fourth-round draft picks with the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for running back DeMarco Murray. The trade provided major dividends in 2016, as Murray led the AFC and ranked third in the NFL with 1,287 rushing yards. Around the same time, Robinson began to work the free agent market. Ben Jones and wide receiver Rishard Matthews highlighted the haul, and both were instrumental in helping to transform the Titans offense into the 11th-ranked unit in the NFL in 2016. Jones started all 16 games and keyed a rushing attack that ranked third in the league, while Matthews set career highs with 65 receptions (tied for the team lead), a teamhigh 945 receiving yards and a team-high nine touchdown re-

ceptions. The latter number tied for sixth in the NFL and tied for ninth in franchise history. On April 14, 2016, two weeks before the NFL Draft, Robinson and the Titans dealt the first overall pick to the Los Angeles Rams in one of the biggest trades in recent NFL history. The Titans gave up the No. 1 pick and a fourth-rounder in order to receive the 15th overall pick, two second-rounders and a third-rounder in 2016, plus the Rams’ firstand third-round picks in 2017. From 1990–2015, there were seven trades involving the No. 1

overall pick, but this was the first since 2004, when the San Diego Chargers selected Eli Manning with the first pick and dealt his rights to the New York Giants. The Titans had their hands at one point or another on 17 selections in the 2016 draft due to five different trades (including one trade in 2015), and in the end, they ended up with a class of 10 players, including four of the top 45 picks. Robinson swung a draft-day trade with the Cleveland Browns to move back up to the eighth slot to choose Michigan State tackle Jack Conklin.

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All 10 members of Robinson’s first draft class played in at least one game in 2016. They accumulated a total of 110 games played and 38 starts, including 16 starts at right tackle by Conklin. The eighth-overall pick capped his successful rookie campaign by being named first-team All-Pro by Associated Press. Other rookies in 2016 who made significant contributions included Henry, Byard and fifth-round wide receiver Tajaé Sharpe. Byard earned first-team All-Pro honors and a Pro Bowl berth in his second season. Robinson arrived in Tennessee with a wide range of experience from working his way up on the personnel side of the NFL. From 2014–2015, he served as director of player personnel for the Buccaneers and oversaw both college and pro departments as the team rebuilt its roster. The 2015 Buccaneers draft class made a significant impact, includ-

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ing four rookie starters: quarterback Jameis Winston, tackle Donovan Smith, guard Ali Marpet and linebacker Kwon Alexander. Prior to joining Tampa Bay, Robinson spent 12 years with the New England Patriots, including his last five years (2009-13) as the director of college scouting. In the five years heading up their college scouting, the Patriots added a number of key components to their roster that won the Super Bowl in 2014, including wide receiver Julian Edelman, defensive back Devin McCourty, tight end Rob Gronkowski, tackle Nate Solder and defensive end Chandler Jones. He joined the Patriots as an area scout in 2002, a role he served for four seasons. Robinson then spent two years (2006-07) as a regional scout, before being promoted to assistant director of college scouting in 2008 and then director of college scouting in

2009. In his time scouting for the Patriots the team won 10 division titles, four conference titles and two Super Bowls (2003, 2004). Robinson played three years at Southeast Missouri State as a defensive lineman after starting his college career at the Air Force Academy. Following his college career as a player, he spent one season (1998) coaching at his alma mater and three years (1999-2001) coaching at Nicholls State. A native of Union City, Tenn., Robinson and his wife, Jaimie, have two daughters, Taylor and Bailey. He and his wife are deeply involved in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), as the disease affects their oldest daughter, Taylor. In 2018, the Robinsons chaired the JDRF Gala in Nashville which raised over 1.8 million dollars for diabetes research.

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GIL

BEVERLY

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT/ CHIEF MARKETING AND REVENUE OFFICER

Gil Beverly enters his second season with the Titans and his first as Senior Vice President/Chief Marketing & Revenue Officer. He joined the team in 2019 as team’s Vice President of Brand, Marketing & Communications. In this new role, he directs Ticketing, Marketing, Corporate Partnerships, digital Communications and Community Impact. In his first season with the Titans, Beverly challenged and guided departments to find new and innovative ways to engage with fans. Before joining the Titans, Beverly worked as Vice President, Partnership Solutions for Learfield IMG-College. Prior to his experience at Learfield, Beverly served as Vice President College Sports Marketing for ESPN.

ADOLPHO

BIRCH III

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT/ BUSINESS AFFAIRS AND CHIEF LEGAL OFFICER

Adolpho Birch is in his first season with the Titans as Senior Vice President, Business Affairs & Chief Legal Officer. He joined the organization in 2020 after spending 23 years at the NFL headquarters in New York. Birch’s responsibilities with the Titans include legal affairs, human resources, government relations, and business planning and strategy. As an advisor to Commissioners Paul Tagliabue and Roger Goodell, Birch served in many senior-level roles throughout his time at the league office. Most recently, from 2015 to 2020, Birch served as the NFL’s Senior Vice President of Labor Policy & League Affairs.

JENNEEN

KAUFMAN

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND CFO

Jenneen Kaufman is in her 24th season and her 12th as Senior Vice President/CFO for the Titans in 2020. Kaufman spent her first 11 seasons as the team’s controller before being promoted to Vice President/Controller in 2008. Kaufman is responsible for financial reporting, budgeting and the Collective Bargaining Agreement audit for the franchise. She also oversees the accounting of ticket and suite sales, sponsorships and broadcast revenues, player and staff payroll, while assisting with special projects. In addition, she oversees the accounting for Nissan Stadium, including concerts, Tennessee State University football games, the Music City Bowl and other events; and served as human resources liaison for all Titans employees in Nashville from 1999-2014.

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MIKE

VRABEL HEAD COACH

Mike Vrabel heads into his third season with the Titans after being named head coach on Jan. 20, 2018. He became the 19th head coach in franchise history. Last year, Vrabel led the franchise to the AFC Championship game for the first time since 2002, after posting his second consecutive 9-7 mark in the regular season. His 20 wins over the first two seasons are the second highest in franchise history (Jack Pardee, 21 wins) and he became the first head coach to win multiple playoff games within the first two years. The 2019 Titans became just the third team since 1990 to start the season 2-4 or worse and reach the Championship Game (2002, Titans and 1996, Jacksonville). Last year’s team ranked in the NFL’s top 10 in scoring margin (eighth, +71), turnover margin (sixth, +6), offensive yards per play (fourth, 6.12), rushing offense (third, 138.9 yards per game), red-zone efficiency (first, 75.6 percent), total touchdowns (tied for third, 54) and third-down defense (eight, 36.3 percent). Individually, Derrick Henry led the NFL in rushing, Ryan Tannehill was the league’s highest rated passer and A.J. Brown was the NFL’s leading rookie receiver. In his first season as a head coach, Vrabel guided the Titans to a 9-7 record and to within one game of a playoff berth, all while navigating one of the NFL’s

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toughest schedules. The Titans played a league-high nine games during the regular season against seven eventual playoff teams, and their four wins against playoff clubs tied for the most in the league. Only New England, the Los Angeles Rams and Carolina had as many. The Titans committed only 82 penalties in 2018. Not only was that number the best in franchise history over a 16-game season, it was the lowest total by an NFL team since 2014. The Titans improved from having the 13th-ranked NFL defense in 2017 to an eighth-overall ranking in 2018 (333.4 yards allowed per game). They finished third in scoring defense at 18.9 points allowed per game, recording their best mark since 2008. The 2018 Titans defense also ranked second in the red zone (44.7 touchdown percentage), 10th on third down (36.6 percent), sixth in passing defense (216.9 yards per game), second in touchdowns allowed (32) and first in fourth-quarter defense (65.9 yards per game). The 2018 Titans offense relied heavily upon a strong running attack. Averaging 126.4 rushing yards per game, the team upgraded from the NFL’s 15th-ranked rushing offense the year before he arrived to the seventh-ranked rushing attack in 2018. Vrabel ascended quickly to his position as a head coach following a 14-year playing career as

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MIKE VRABEL’S COACHING TIMELINE 2018-20 Head Coach T e n n e s s e e T i ta n s

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MIKE VRABEL’S PLAYING TIMELINE 2009-10 Linebacker Kansas City Chiefs

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a linebacker with the Pittsburgh Steelers (1997-2000), New England Patriots (200108) and Kansas City Chiefs (2009-10). He spent three years as an assistant coach at Ohio State (2011-13) and four years on the Houston Texans staff (2014-17), including 2017 as the defensive coordinator, before he was hired to his current post by Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk. Vrabel’s accomplishments as a player included three Super Bowl wins (2001, 2003 and 2004), one Pro Bowl selection (2007) and an All-Pro honor (2007). He appeared in 206 NFL games and totaled 57 sacks, 496 tackles, 11 interceptions (one returned for a touchdown), 20 forced fumbles and nine fumble recoveries. A cerebral and versatile athlete, he also saw action as a tight end and totaled 10 touchdown receptions. Additionally, his teams advanced to the playoffs eight times (20 postseason games), with Vrabel recording eight postseason sacks and two additional postseason touchdown receptions. Vrabel has spent his football life around accomplished leaders. After entering the NFL as a player in 1997, he played or coached under Bill Belichick, Bill Cowher, Romeo Crennel, Urban Meyer and Bill O’Brien. He gleaned attributes from each that helped form his philosophies as a head coach. Upon arriving in Tennessee, Vrabel stated: “We want to build a culture around winning, competitiveness and toughness. Everything we do is going to be geared towards winning and being physical. We want to prepare our players so they know what to do, which will allow them to play fast and aggressive.” Vrabel likewise made his own indelible impression on the same group of coaches. Upon the trade of Vrabel from the Patriots to the Chiefs

in 2009, Belichick, who coached Vrabel his entire time in New England, made this comment: “Mike Vrabel epitomizes everything a coach could seek in a professional football player: toughness, intelligence, playmaking, leadership, versatility and consistency at the highest level. Behind the scenes, Mike’s wit and personality is one of the things we have all enjoyed about coming to work every day. The toughest aspect of my job is the day I stop coaching people like Mike, who did everything in his power to contribute to team success. Of all the players I have coached in my career, there is nobody I enjoyed working with more than Mike.” Vrabel joined the Titans after four seasons with O’Brien at the Houston Texans, spending the first three seasons (2014-16) coaching linebackers and one year (2017) as the team’s defensive coordinator. During his time in Houston, the Texans built one of the top defenses in the NFL and experienced tremendous success as a team, earning division titles in 2015 and 2016. In 2017, Vrabel’s first year as a defensive coordinator, the Texans finished the campaign with 19 players on injured reserve. Despite the setbacks, he led the defense to the fifth-best third-down percentage in the NFL and a franchise-record 3.97 yards per carry by opponents. Houston also had 18 different players record at least half a sack and 26 players tally at least one tackle for loss. As the Texans linebackers coach from 2014-16, Vrabel helped mold several top-notch performers within his position group, including Jadeveon Clowney, Whitney Mercilus, Benardrick McKinney and Brian Cushing. During those three seasons, the Texans defense ranked third in the NFL in yards al-

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lowed per game (319.9) and net passing yards (218.4). Houston also ranked first in third-down defense (33.6 percent), fourth in opponent completion percentage (59.5) and sixth in points allowed per game (19.8). The 2016 Texans ranked number one in the NFL – for the first time in franchise history – in total defense, surrendering only 301.3 yards per game. The defense also gave up the fewest first downs (17.0) per game and second-fewest net passing yards (201.6) per game in the league. Clowney, Mercilus and McKinney all earned second-team All-Pro honors, while Clowney was named to the Pro Bowl for the first time in his career after posting then personal bests with 52 tackles, six sacks, 16 tackles for loss and 17 quarterback hits. Mercilus led the team in sacks for the first time in his career with 7.5 quarterback takedowns and tied for the NFL lead with four defensive fumble recoveries. McKinney led the team with a then career-high 129

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tackles and became the second player in franchise history with over 100 tackles and five sacks in a season. The 2015 Texans had the top third-down defense in the NFL, allowing a 28.5 percent conversion rate, which was the lowest percentage in franchise history and the lowest by any NFL team since the 2003 Titans (27.7 percent). The 2015 defense also set a franchise mark with 45 sacks – 22.5 of which came from Vrabel’s linebacking corps. The 2015 squad also finished third in the NFL in net yards (310.2) and net passing yards (210.4) allowed per game and tied for seventh in points allowed per game (19.6). Cushing’s 110 tackles led the linebacking corps and were the third-highest mark of his career. Mercilus enjoyed the best year of his career as he set a personal high with 12 sacks. Prior to joining the NFL coaching ranks, Vrabel transitioned immediately from an NFL player to college coach. He started as the

linebacker coach at Ohio State in 2011 and coached the defensive line from 2012–2013. In 2012, the Buckeyes finished the season undefeated at 12-0, and Vrabel was named Big Ten Recruiter of the Year by ESPN.com. That same season, he coached four Ohio State defensive linemen who were either drafted into the NFL or signed free agent contracts. Vrabel was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the third round (91st overall) of the 1997 NFL Draft after playing four years at Ohio State (1993-96). With the Buckeyes, he was a dominant performer, earning back-to-back All-American honors and becoming the first two-time winner of the Big Ten Conference Defensive Lineman of the Year Award (1995 and 1996). He graduated from Ohio State with a degree in exercise science. A native of Akron, Ohio, Vrabel attended Walsh Jesuit High School. He and his wife, Jennifer, have two sons: Tyler and Carter.

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“SHE’S AN AMAZING WOMAN” CONTROLLING OWNER AMY ADAMS STRUNK CREDITED WITH CHANGING DIRECTION OF TITANS FRANCHISE By Jim Wyatt

When Houston Oilers owner Bud Adams first made plans to move his NFL franchise to Nashville, there was plenty of uncertainty surrounding how things might work out. Among the curious was his daughter, Amy, who had never been to Tennessee. “I knew it was a pretty city, and I knew that my dad would be drawn to a southern city, that’s just how he thought,” she said. “When we did come to visit – before the team ever moved here -- we came on the 4th of July and we saw the fireworks and did a few other things around town. I knew then this would be a great place.” Fast-forward a few decades plus and now it’s Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk who has taken her late father’s vision and done her part to make it even grander. Today, the Titans are a team on the rise, coming off an AFC Championship Game appearance last season, with four straight winning seasons heading into 2020 for the first time since the move. And the city is in the NFL spotlight after hosting the most successful NFL Draft in league history.

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Strunk was recognized as the 2019 Tennessean of the Year by the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, and she has plenty of folks singing her praises for her work in jump-starting a franchise that just six years ago had the worst record in the NFL. “A lot of times, when you own a franchise, you often get taken for granted,” NFL Network analyst Charles Davis said of Strunk. “People think: ‘You’ve got money, and you can do this and you can do that.’ But what she has done in her time at the head of the Titans organization, pulling everything together, has been impressive, and that is because of her leadership and it is because of her guidance and because of her demanding accountability. “I think this state is very fortunate to have her leading the Tennessee Titans.” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell credited Strunk for her role in bringing the 2019 NFL Draft to the city. It came on the same day Strunk donated $100,000 to a pair of Nashville non-profits charged with fighting hunger in the community. The 2019 draft easily shattered records for attendance, as over 600,000 fans fill the streets of

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Nashville for the three-day event. It generated a record $133 million in direct spending -- a 79 percent increase over the $74 million at the 2018 Dallas event. The economic impact was another record-breaker at $224 million, also a 79 percent increase over the $125 million in 2018. “I’ve gotten to know Amy,” former University of Tennessee and long-time NFL quarterback Peyton Manning said of Strunk. “She has carried on her father’s legacy and done some things unique with her leadership style and has the Titans in a great place. “Bringing the draft here tells you everything you need to know about how serious the NFL is about the Titans and their fan support here. … Amy deserves a lot of credit.” When Strunk announced plans to retire the jersey numbers of Titans greats Eddie George and Steve McNair, George also praised the Titans owner, who took over as the team’s controlling owner in 2015. Back then, Ken Whisenhunt was the team’s head coach, and Ruston Webster was the general manager. George said Strunk has taken the team’s ownership to another level on the field, and off. “She’s an amazing woman, and she’s doing it the right way,” George said. “Bud had his ways, and he did it the way he wanted to do it and he was very successful. But what she is doing and how she is investing into the players and creating a culture here, and giving back to the community of Nashville, becoming a strong pillar in Nashville. “Bringing in former players with open arms -- you don’t get that nowadays. Most owners and most organizations and most programs around the country, including college, are really standoffish. But to constantly pull us back in and ask our opinions on certain issues or to soak up knowledge. … She is a gracious woman, a very successful businesswoman.” Before thanking Tennesseans – from organizers to volunteers to fans – for doing their part to make the 2019 NFL Draft a success while accepting the TSHOF Ten-

nessean of the Year award, Strunk smiled when asked about how much has changed over the years. Strunk has not only made some big decisions on the football side – HC Mike Vrabel and GM Jon Robinson replaced former coaches and GMs – but she’s also changed the look inside the building at Saint Thomas Sports Park and at Nissan Stadium, with upgrades and additions. She even changed the team’s uniforms. Along the way, she’s also restored the passion and the confidence in the team’s fan base. “It just feels great,” she said. “I know when I took over five years ago, some people were probably like: Who is she? What is she going to bring to our team? Is she capable? I just decided I was going to put my head down and go to work and hopefully get things straightened out and all that would take care of itself.” Needless to say, those questions have since been answered. And the appreciation is on full display as Strunk is regularly swarmed by fans when she makes her way onto the field prior to games, or at team functions.

Strunk admits, however, she still navigates through the aisles at supermarkets in town, where she owns multiple homes, undetected on most days. “Very few people recognize me,” she said with a smile. “I bet I’ve had two people ever in the grocery story recognize me, so I am still kind of incognito. “I think if there’s anything to do with the football, I’m recognized right away. But when I’m just grabbing oranges, limes and lemons, I’m just there as a shopper, too.” In the future, Strunk would like to bring something else to the city. She’d love to see the Titans on center stage. “Who would have ever thought 20 years ago this is what (Nashville) would look like?,” Strunk, thinking back to the success of the NFL Draft, said. “But I am so proud of it, and so happy to see the city of Nashville in the spotlight. “This success will lead to bigger moments in the future,” she said, “moments that hopefully include a Lombardi Trophy, and a championship parade sometime real soon.”

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OUR

MISSION

The mission of the Tennessee Titans is to be considered among the elite franchises of the National Football League that excels on and off the field. We achieve this goal through our interaction with each other, our fans and the Nashville and Tennessee communities. The Tennessee Titans are committed to serving our communities and fans by enhancing and improving the communities in which we live and work, delivering the best possible service and product to Titans fans at games and all functions, and maintaining the highest possible moral and ethical standards, recognizing that we are not only stewards of the Tennessee Titans but also of the National Football League.

BY THE NUMBERS $1,064,155 donated in 2019 to support area non-profits and community groups $307,300 charity event sponsorships $756,855 donations and grants 700+ items donated to aid area non-profits

and community groups in their fundraising efforts students impacted through PLAY 60 and Fuel Up to PLAY 60 programming

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COMMUNITY TAILGATES

As an extension of the We Stand For campaign, participating players hosted non-profits serving the Nashville community at nine of the 10 Titans home games this season. Each player was actively involved with the non-profit group he selected to host. The team provided tickets and a private tailgate, including pregame field passes. Each non-profit and community group invited children and parents from the communities they serve to participate.

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WE STAND FOR SUPPORTING CAUSES, CHARITIES IMPORTANT TO ENTIRE ORGANIZATION

We Stand For supports causes and charities that are important to our players, coaches and front office. Our hope is to foster positive dialogue around the community work of our players and executives and raise awareness for the associated causes. In addition, the Club will match the charitable contributions of our players up to $250,000. As part of the campaign, participants share testimonials in written pieces and in videos, providing a unique perspective on their lives, dating back to their childhood experiences, and share how they want to make a difference in the community. To learn more about the campaign, visit tennessee titans.com/westandfor.

In July of 2019, owner Amy Adams Strunk announced $450,000 in grant funding to 10 local non-profit organizations. The grants ranged from $25,000 to $100,000 and supported organizations in the spaces of education, African American history and culture, social justice, diversionary and re-entry programs, immigrant outreach and domestic violence and sexual assault awareness and prevention. Prior to the presentation of grants, head coach Mike Vrabel and general manager Jon Robinson hosted a community engagement panel with community leaders and three Titans players including Wesley Woodyard, Jurrell Casey and Delanie Walker. $100,000 GRANT RECIPIENTS • National Museum of African American Music • NAACP Freedom Fund $50,000 GRANT RECIPIENTS • Community Achieves by Metro Nashville Public Schools • Nashville GRAD $25,000 GRANT RECIPIENTS • Project Return • Davidson County Drug Court Program (DC4) • Thistle Farms • Sexual Assault Center • Nashville International Center for Empowerment • Conexion Americas

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TITANIC STATEMENT

TITANS STAND TOGETHER TO FOCUS ON MATTERS BIGGER THAN FOOTBALL The practice field was quiet at Saint Thomas Sports Park on this August day. But the message from players – standing side by side in a meeting room inside the building – was loud and clear. The Titans were among a number of NFL teams that chose to not practice. Instead, the team spent the day focusing on matters bigger than football. In emotional pleas, Titans safety Kevin Byard and quarterback Ryan Tannehill both addressed the subjects of social injustice, racism and police brutality during a video conference call, saying the team wanted to make a stand together following the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin. “As I woke up this this and headed to the facility at 6 a.m., I was prepared to go to practice,” Byard said. “But as we started, we had a team meeting, first as a leadership with Mike Vrabel, and we had a lot of powerful discussions. Guys spilled out their emotions, guys teared up, and we had a lot of constructive conversations. But as we went to our team meeting with the entire team, we felt as players and as an entire organization that it was right to not practice today. We feel that with all the recent events that’s happened in our country, not only just this year, not only the past year, but the past hun-

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dreds of years, we decided that it’s time to take a stand today. We feel that with this moment right here, and today, with my brother Ryan (Tannehill) standing next to me and all my brothers standing behind me, we wanted to show solidarity and be unified, and say that we’re tired. We’re sick and tired of seeing the things that have been going on, on social media for the entertainment. Seeing our Black brothers and sisters be murdered by police like it’s nothing. It’s time for a change. As I sit here and try to gather my thoughts – this is not a prepared statement. I didn’t have time to prepare a statement. I’m coming to you and I’m talking from the heart. I just had a son, just Sunday. I have a one-year-old daughter, and I have no clue what I’m going to tell them or what kind of world that they’re going to grow up in, in this country. I’m begging and pleading to the powers that may be, to please, please, we’re crying, I’m spilling my heart out to say that we need change, and we need change as soon as possible. Thank you.” When Byard finished, Tannehill made an emotional plea of his own. “Like Kevin said, we had a powerful conversation this morning,” Tannehill said. “Guys spilling their hearts out and really hearing different perspec-

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tives on experiences, on viewpoints, and as a team we felt like it’s important that we stand up here together, united. That though we may be from different backgrounds, from different situations, been through different experiences, we’re together and support each other throughout this whole year. Like Kevin said, these systematic oppressions have been going on for a long time, hundreds of years. This country is founded upon racist ideas with slaves being brought here from the day of foundation, and those ideas have persisted throughout the last hundreds of years and it’s going to take time until we can get those all out. But we’re tired of it. We’re tired of dealing with the systematic oppression. We’re tired of dealing with excessive force. We’re tired of seeing black men and women die in situations where

they should be walking home and spending the night with their families. It’s sickening.” Tannehill, with masked-up teammates Derrick Henry and A.J. Brown standing directly behind him, got choked up when thinking about his own family, and the privileges he was afforded growing up, knowing families of color don’t have the same luxuries. “It’s sickening to just know that they have to worry about their kids coming home at night,” Tannehill said. “I have two young kids that, because of the color of their skin, I never have to worry about if they get pulled over by a police officer if they’re going to make it out of that interaction alive, and that’s a sick fact of the world that we’re living in. So, we stand up here together, united, demanding change that there’s equality and justice for all those situations.”

Following the shooting of Blake, a black man in Wisconsin, in August, the subject of racial injustice sparked more protests, and emotions, across the country. Blake, 29, was shot seven times by police, as he leaned into his SUV, his children seated inside. The shooting came three months after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk, Titans General Manager Jon Robinson and Vrabel all said earlier this summer they want to do their part to end social injustice, racism and police brutality, while encouraging others to do the same. Vrabel said the Titans spent the day on matters bigger than football. “I’m tremendously proud of our football team,” Vrabel said. “I’m tremendously proud to be their coach, to lead a group of men that care for one another, that care for making this place better than what it was when they got here, making a stand, believing in something. I am proud to be able to listen to them and allow them to help me lead this football team. When I went to bed last night, I wasn’t sure what today was going to be like. I wanted it to be authentic, and I wanted it to be real, and after listening to them, and hearing them, and talking to them this morning … we felt it was best that we spend the day focusing on things other than football. “We want to make positive change. We felt like today was another great step in doing that. Our players have come together today, and we’re going t be closer for it, we’re going to be better for it. We might not have been productive at football, but we were a productive football team. “I hope that we can continue to inspire people to make positive change,” Vrabel continued. “We can’t ever tell anybody how they should feel but hopefully people can look at our team and respect the way that we play on the field with the effort and the toughness, and also respect our team for the way we carry ourselves off the field.”

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FIGHTING FOR CHANGE

TITANS CONTROLLING OWNER AMY ADAMS STRUNK, GM JON ROBINSON, AND HEAD COACH MIKE VRABEL WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN FIGHT FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE Jon Robinson sat at his desk at Saint Thomas Sports Park in June and poured his heart and soul into issues now on center stage across the world. The Titans General Manager made it clear he wants to do his part to make a difference as it relates to social injustice, racism and police brutality, and in an emotional delivery, he encouraged others to do the same. On the same day, Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk also made her feelings known on the matter. “I want to add my voice and the voice of our organization to the calls for equality and reiterate our firm stance against all forms of racism,” Strunk said in a statement. “Hearts, minds and institutions need to change throughout our country. Those who face racism need to be heard, and more importantly, understood by those who haven’t listened before. Our organization and our players have dedicated time and resources to these issues through the ‘We Stand For’ campaign and we are making a difference in our own community, tackling issues like educational equity, judicial reform, policing policies and assis-

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tance for underserved areas. We are proud to support those efforts and we will continue to find ways to impact our region. “Hearing our players and coaches speak over the last two weeks has been constructive to this vital discussion. I support our players using peaceful protests and their platforms to advance us as a nation. I would encourage those who haven’t thought about these issues before to understand the pain, anger and frustration of the black community. Black lives matter. We should all agree on that.” Robinson eloquently broke down the words of the Pledge of Allegiance in a video conference call with reporters. Members of the organization – from front office officials to coaches to players – have had a number of conversations on subjects of police brutality in the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis, and the protests that followed across the country. Robinson said he’s also been on conference calls with officials around the league, and said he’s had meaningful talks with players and members of his staff he described as “real and empowering.”

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“This being my first opportunity to speak publicly about the issues our nation is facing with respect to social injustice, to racism, police brutality – all issues that are wrong,” Robinson said. “There shouldn’t be a standard for how to live as a black person in our country. I had a great conversation with a staff member the other day who teared up in my office talking about how he hopes this (Black Lives Matter) movement can create change, a sustained change, so that talk that he had to have with his parents as a young black man, that he does not have to have that same talk with how to be leery and how to conduct himself as a black man in our country. We’ve got to be better.” Robinson then reflected back to his childhood, when he learned the Pledge of Allegiance. “It’s a pledge to a flag that represents our country, and a pledge is a solemn oath,” Robinson said. “It says, one nation – not a black nation or a white nation. It says one nation. It says indivisible – which means united, not able to be pulled apart. With liberty, which means a state of being free from oppressive restrictions. And justice, which is defined by the quality of being

fair and reasonable, for all, which is for everyone, regardless of the color of your skin. So, I just think this pledge, this oath that we’ve all recited, if we can truly put that into action, we can work to change. We can work the hearts and minds that need to be changed, that liberty, that justice, that feeling of one nation, a nation of human beings, a nation of God’s children. I think that is our charge.” Titans safety Kevin Byard, linebacker Rashaan Evans, and quarterback Ryan Tannehill all said they’ve been encouraged by what has happened in the wake of Floyd’s death in Minneapolis, which occurred when police officer Derrick Chauvin kneeled on Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes. Floyd’s death led to more conversations across the world, and awareness, and a lot of that is happening through protests. Titans coach Mike Vrabel, who was involved in conversations with his players on the push for social justice during the team’s virtual offseason meetings, called for “inclusion, diversity, equality, and opportunity” earlier this month while also acknowledging he didn’t see the issues as clearly as he needed previously.

“I’d like to acknowledge my own personal privilege, one that is real,” Vrabel said. “And I’d like to acknowledge a social blind spot that either I was unaware of or chose not to see. I’ve had the unbelievable opportunity to listen to our players … in our team meetings. I listen to them with an open mind and hear and learn what they believe in and how they feel. Amy, Jon and myself have tried to put great people and great fathers and great husbands and great student-athletes onto our football team, and the majority of those men are African-American with a much different experience and background than I’ll ever know. And by listening and understanding those thoughts and feelings, and how they feel, has helped me recognize what is important, and what is important is we find ways to respect each others’ feelings, that we respect each others’ beliefs, that we respect each others’ efforts to make positive change in our community where we work, the communities where we live and the communities where we grew up.” Vrabel said he wants to continue to do his part “to make this a positive change for everybody.”

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DO YOUR PART

TITANS PARTNER WITH ‘I AM A VOTER.’ AS PART OF NFL’S VOTES CAMPAIGN The Tennessee Titans announced a partnership with voting and civic engagement group “I am a voter.” in its support of the National Football League’s “NFL Votes” campaign that launched on Aug. 6. The Titans and I am a voter. will work together over the next several months to educate Titans players, staff and fans on voting registration and activation. NFL Votes is a league-wide, non-partisan initiative that supports and encourages the civic engagement and voting of NFL players, legends, club and league personnel and NFL fans from now until Election Day. The campaign will focus on three key components of the electoral process: voter education, voter registration and voter activation. More information on NFL Votes can be found at www. nfl.com/votes. Teams had the option of partnering with one of three organizations to support the campaign, with the Titans aligning with I am a voter. “What resonated with us the most about I am a voter. is its bipartisan and central belief that our democracy works best when we all participate,” said Tina Tuggle, Titans Sr. Director of Community Impact. “We believe in the power of voting and that everyone’s voice matters, and we hope we can use

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our own voice and the voices of our players to get people to the polls this election season.” The first step in the partnership was a presentation made to players on Tuesday, Aug. 11, led by I am a voter. Players were run through a thorough overview of voting processes, including how to register and state policies regarding absentee voting, for players registered in their home states. An additional presentation was made to Titans staff. The team will also support NFL Votes through informational videos on its social media accounts featuring the three phases of the campaign. The Titans will extend the opportunity for fans to participate in NFL Votes through a text-alert system that can identify their current registration status and provide other essential information on upcoming elections. Fans interested in receiving information from I am a voter. should text TITANS to 26797 or visit www.iamavoter.com. “In partnership with NFL Votes, we are thrilled to be working with the Tennessee Titans in an effort to help get out the vote this year,” said Natalie Tran, Executive Director of the CAA Foundation and Co-Founder of I am a voter. “Grateful to the team for leveraging their platform in the community by activating their athletes, teams and fans this year.”

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TITANIC EFFORT The Titans loaded into buses at Saint Thomas Sports Park in early March, heading in the same direction as Nissan Stadium. But on this day, their destination wasn’t a football stadium. Instead, it was the North Nashville neighborhoods ravaged by the deadly tornado, which displaced many of their neighbors and changed their lives forever. On these streets, Titans head coach Mike Vrabel drove a truck full of water and supplies to those in need, general manager Jon Robinson standing on the vehicle’s side running board, and Kenneth Adams IV from the ownership group crowded with other members of the organization in the bed of the white Nissan Titan. On these streets, safety Kevin Byard stepped onto the porches and chatted with the homeowners without power, their homes severely damaged, with roofs covered by tarps. Some of the homes were completely gone. On these streets, Titans players went to work, cutting down trees and stacking up piles of brush. On these streets, Titans receiver A.J. Brown delivered pizzas to hungry Nashvillians. Earlier in the

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week, Brown experienced the storm himself while with terrified family members in his Germantown residence not far away. Brown is still without power, but he considers himself lucky. “Your heart really goes out to the people affected,” Brown said. “My heart goes out to these families.” On a Tuesday morning, tornadoes ripped across Nashville and areas to the East. At least 25 people were killed across the state, including two in Nashville. The Titans partnered with Hands on Nashville to encourage volunteer efforts. Titans players, staff and their families volunteered on Friday, starting off just down the road from the team’s facility. Later in the day, some in the organization traveled to Hermitage, another area hit by the storm, to drop off supplies. Earlier in the week, the Titans Foundation and controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk made a donation of $1 million to The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee (CFMT) following the devastation of the EF-3 tornado that swept through Nashville and surrounding areas that early Tuesday morning. “(The coaches and players), they went to work,” said Tina Tuggle, Senior Director of Community Relations. “They didn’t go out there as Tennessee Titans,

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they went out there as members of the community who wanted to do their part while making a difference in restoring and beginning the process of rebuilding, and that was awesome to see. “This is our community, and we want to help.” “It’s people helping each other,” Vrabel said. “We are just a small part of a large community that’s trying to help people wherever we can.” In Nashville, the twister’s path was mostly north and east of the heart of downtown, hitting areas in Bordeaux and North Nashville. Germantown and East Nashville took a direct hit, along with Donelson and Hermitage. Tennessee State University suffered major damage, along with Donelson Christian Academy. The storm then devastated areas in Mount Juliet before eventually making its way to Putnam County, where the largest death tolls were recorded. Titans defensive lineman Austin Johnson’s Hermitage home suffered major damage. The devastation in North Nashville was eye-opening, players said. “It is incredible (to see),” Byard said. “It is like being in a movie a little bit. You see one house on this side of the street that is completely fine, and one that is not there anymore. So to see these type of things, I have only seen it on CNN. To see the destruction … it is incredible. “It has been truly humbling. It is truly devastating to be honest with you. My condolences to all the people who have been affected. People lost loved ones, they lost homes, they lost businesses. If you actually get out here in the streets and to walk around and talk to some of the people that live in this area, you have no choice but to be moved, emotionally and spiritually.” Academy Sports + Outdoors and Lowe’s donated water, blankets, gloves, tarps and tents that were loaded into the back of Vrabel’s truck and transported across the area. In back yards, players put their gloves on and worked.

Some of them brought their own rakes, and shovels. Harold Love, pastor at Lee Chapel, lives in the district. He’s also the state representative for District 58. Standing in the parking lot of his church, Love expressed his appreciation to Vrabel and Robinson, and he also chatted with Byard, thanking him. “The Titans mean so much to Nashville and Tennessee, so to see them here, says to the residents they are concerned about them and that they are willing to come down and lend a hand and get their lives back together,” Love said. “It is a blessing. You cannot put a measure on how significant that was today. We are really grateful.” Robinson, who was born and raised in West Tennessee, said

the team was happy to help any way it could. He called the scene “gutwrenching.” “We want to try and bring them a little bit of hope, try and get them some supplies, and try and lend a hand wherever we can for this community, for this city, and the great people that live in it,” Robinson said. “That’s what Tennessee is all about, right? We’re the Volunteer state, we are family, we are here for each other. Growing up rural West Tennessee, the devastation in the city is brutal, but I can only imagine out in Putnam County, similar to an area where I grew up, where it is rural and you don’t have a whole lot of notice … out thoughts and prayers go out to everybody affected by the storm.

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BLUE ANGELS FLY OVER NASHVILLE, NISSAN STADIUM INITIATIVE HONORED ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL SERVING ON FRONT LINES OF FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19

The Blue Angels flew over Nashville to salute and thank all healthcare workers, first responders and other essential personnel serving on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19 as part of the “America Strong” initiative. The flight in mid May started in Rutherford County in Silver Hill, through Walter Hill and down to Murfreesboro. From there, the jets made their way to Smyrna, through Nolensville and over to Franklin. Next, they went through Brentwood and made their way to Nashville, before circling back to Belle Meade, back again over Nashville and the Brentwood area before leaving Middle Tennessee.

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Nissan Stadium joined more than 150 iconic U.S. buildings by lighting up blue in appreciation of first responders, healthcare workers and essential staff battling in the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Originating in the UK, the #LightItBlue volunteer effort was organized in the U.S. by leaders from the events and entertainment industry as a thank you to first responders, healthcare workers and essential staff battling the virus. Among the buildings participating included

One World Trade Center and Madison Square Garden in New York City, Millennium Monument in Chicago, L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles and many other iconic venues, including several NFL and professional sports stadiums. Nissan Stadium lit up blue with a special thank you graphic on its video boards until midnight. Other Nashville venues participating included BNA Airport, Bridgestone Arena, Metro Courthouse, Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge and the AT&T Building.

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HOW FORMER TITANS SAFETY MYRON ROLLE PLAYED DEFENSE AGAINST CORONAVIRUS NEUROSURGERY RESIDENT VOLUNTEERED TO TAKE PART IN THE FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19 As a football player, former Titans safety Myron Rolle loved game days. These days, however, game days are much different for Rolle, a third-year neurosurgery resident at Boston’s Massachusetts General and Harvard Medical School. Rolle, 33, volunteered to take part in the fight against COVID-19. He was part of a massive redeployment effort at the hospital, where the neurosurgery floor he’s spent so much time in was transitioned to a COVID-19-only floor. Rolle sent his wife of just four months to be with her family in Georgia so she’d be out of harm’s way. Meanwhile, he spent his days in the middle of the danger, helping patients any way possible while his work as a neurosurgeon took a backseat while working shifts in the COVID-19 surge clinic. “I am used to my daily life, going in, taking out a brain tumor, fixing a degenerative spine, doing the neurosurgical operations and interventions that I am passionate about, and studied and trained for,” Rolle said. “That’s on the backburner now because these elective cases have been canceled or postponed and now it’s about volunteering your time to be a part of the surge clinic and take care of these COVID-19 patients who are coming in off

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the streets, or being redeployed to different parts of the hospital to help COVID-19 patients, or taking care of our own neurosurgical patients who have COVID-19 or are being tested.” A sixth-round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft by the Titans, no challenge has ever been too big for Rolle, who skipped his senior season at Florida State to study medical anthropology for a year at Oxford University. Rolle received the Rhodes Scholarship to attend the school. In 2010, Rolle was chosen as the second-smartest athlete in sports by the Sporting News. Rolle spent the 2010 season on Tennessee’s practice squad, and after playing in four games for the Titans in the 2011 preseason, he was released. Rolle finished his career with the Steelers in 2012. While he never played in a regular season game, Rolle said his memories with the Titans remain with him today. “My time with the Titans, it’s a time in my life I’ll never forget, that I’ll always cherish. I have so many great memories from my days as a Titan. Those guys, they’ll always have a special place in my heart.” A third-team All-America performer at Florida State, Rolle said he looks back at his football-playing days for mental and physical strength, and that’s what’s been

needed during some scary times at Massachusetts General, and across the world. Rolle said his new daily routine consisted of putting on a facemask and using hand sanitizer before being funneled through a security line similar to what he’s seen at airports. He was checked for COVID-19 symptoms each time he entered the building. He described floors at the hospital transformed into coronavirus units, and the efforts to protect staff from infection. Among other things, Rolle worked in the hospital’s surge clinic, triaging patients off the streets alongside other volunteers from all corners of the hospital. Rolle said he prayed at night for strength, and for the scientists searching for answers. “The hype is real, so people need to do their part: Stay at home, keep social distance, wear masks when you go outside,” he said. “People need to do their part while people in the healthcare world are doing their part.” And, of course, more prayers. “I ask God to continue to cover me as I go into the hospital every day and expose myself to potential harm and danger,” Rolle said. “And I also ask Him to let me continue to help people the best way I can, because that is what I want to do.

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Through a $100,000 donation to Habitat for Humanity for its 2019 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project, the Titans helped build 21 new homes for deserving families. The build was the centerpiece event for the Titans’ Huddle for Affordable Housing, the second event hosted under the Huddle for 100 initiative. More than 40 cheerleaders, staff and volunteers contributed to the build over the course of the week.

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TITANS TUESDAY TITAN UP FOR OUR COMMUNITY

Tuesday is traditionally the only day off for NFL players during the season, but Titans players use the day to make special appearances throughout the community including visits to local schools and Saint Thomas hospitals. The Titans school program — implemented at both the middle and elementary school level — is focused on promoting the NFL’s PLAY 60 and Fuel Up to PLAY 60 campaign. • 7 hospital visits with 43 current Titans players • 8 middle school visits with 24 current Titans players • 5,060 students participated • 13 elementary school visits • 6,159 students participated • 11,219 – total number of students reached through the 2019 PLAY 60 and Fuel Up to PLAY 60 school visits.

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TITANS SUPPORT YOUTH AND HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL HIGH SCHOOL COACHES CLINIC The Titans hosted roughly 280 coaches from 52 high schools at the fourth annual Tennessee Titans High School Coaches Clinic in 2019. Coaches watched the team’s OTA practice, while also spending time at the facility with Titans coaches, including head coach Mike Vrabel and general manager Jon Robinson. “I think that if they can take away something that can help their players, if they can help their players develop and help a kid maybe go from third team to seeing some reps, or going from second team and realizing that they can be better. It’s really just trying to develop the players.” – Coach Vrabel

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7-ON-7 PASSING TOURNAMENT & LINEMAN CHALLENGE. The Titans welcomed more than 400 high school football players and their coaches to the practice facility for the fifth annual 7-on-7 Passing Tournament & Linemen Challenge in July. The annual tournament provides a platform for student-athletes to sharpen their athletic skills and prepare for the upcoming season in a non-contact environment. The event also includes a character development session and Linemen Challenge. “These kinds of things don’t happen everywhere. This, the (Titans) Recruiting Fair, the Coaches Clinic the team does, it’s awesome and so important to high school athletics.” – Trey Perry, Mt. Juliet Head Coach

EQUIPMENT DONATION The Titans donated brand-new helmets and shoulder pads to East Nashville Magnet High School’s football team and tickets to the home opener with a private tailgate for players and coaches.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL RECRUITING FAIR Titans partnered with the Tennessee Football Coaches Association to host the fifth annual Tennessee Titans High School Football Recruiting Fair at Nissan Stadium. “We’ll go on the road next week and come back to these high schools, now we’ve already got some background information on them. It really speeds up the recruiting process and gives these kids the best opportunity to be seen and be marketed by the high school coaches.” – Jason Simpson, UT Martin Head Coach

YOUTH FOOTBALL JAMBOREE The Titans welcomed 33 youth football teams to Nissan Stadium for the team’s fifth annual Youth Football Jamboree. As a fundraising event, a portion of stadium concessions and gate receipts were donated back to the youth leagues whose teams participated.

TITANS YOUTH FOOTBALL DAY CAMPS The Titans hosted four football day camps that included 253 campers, 33 coaches and 12 former Titans players over four cities.

HONORING THE BEST Hosted at Nissan Stadium each November, the Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Awards are presented to the top high school players – and one kicker – in nine classifications of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA). More than 400 people – including the 30 finalists, their families, coaches, school administrators and members of the media from all parts of the state – attended the 2019 dinner and awards presentation.

HIGH SCHOOL GAME OF THE WEEK, COACH OF THE WEEK AND COACH OF THE YEAR Now in its fifth year, the High School Game of the Week initiative brings schools and communities together by inviting fans to participate in the selection of the High School Game of the Week. Each week of the high school football season, four of the most competitive games across the state are nominated for Game of the Week. The matchup with the most votes is dubbed Game of the Week, with the winning head coach named the Coach of the Week. Each Coach of the Week receives a $1,000 grant to benefit his football program. The Coach of the Year, selected from a pool of nine finalists, receives a $2,000 grant. More than $230,000 has been donated to date through the Coach of the Week program, with more than 3.88 million votes cast in the five years of the Game of the Week program.

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TITANS CARAVAN IT’S ALL ABOUT SAYING ‘THANK YOU’

The Tennessee Titans conduct an annual Caravan that travels throughout Tennessee, southern Kentucky and northern Alabama. We’ve visited nearly 400 cities in four states and made nearly 500 total stops. We’ve traveled more than 52,000 total miles and taken thousands of pictures. Our players have signed tens of thousands of autographs and shaken more than 250,000 hands at no cost to our fans. Why? Because we absolutely love our fans! That’s the story behind the long history of the Tennessee Titans Caravan. It’s about bringing the Tennessee Titans out to the fans of the mid-south to say thank you for your support.

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OUR SALUTE

TO SERVICE It’s a different kind of uniform. Supporting the military is woven in the fabric of the NFL and the Tennessee Titans. We take pride in supporting military personnel and raising awareness for the sacrifices they make on our behalf.

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LIVING UNITED A cornerstone community partner of the NFL and the Titans, United Way brings people and organizations together to create a community where individuals, families and neighborhoods thrive. The Titans and United Way of Metro Nashville teamed up to host the fifth annual Titan Up for Tots Community Baby Shower. At team headquarters, players, coaches, staff and cheerleaders assembled 2,000 diaper bags to distribute to at-risk mothers throughout the Nashville community. A total of 8,500 diaper bags have been delivered since the inception of the event in 2015. Last year’s Stuff the Bus campaign provided roughly 11,000 Metro Nashville public school students with brand new backpacks to start the school year off right. Prior to distributing the backpacks, 1,200 volunteers gathered at Nissan Stadium to fill the backpacks with brand new school supplies. Teachers also received boxes full of supplies for the school new year.

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T-RAC, PLUS BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF MIDDLE TENNESSEE This past season, Titans mascot T-Rac partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee on a new gameday initiative to bring awareness to the importance of mentorship and recruit new mentors and bigs. At each Titans home game, a big and little duo were introduced with T-Rac during his pregame intro. The initiative helped recruit nearly 100 potential new bigs to their program.

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HELPING HANDS THROUGHOUT THE 2019 SEASON, THE TITANS HOSTED SIX GAME DAY CHARITY DRIVES BENEFITTING LOCAL NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

LP PENCIL FOUNDATION

9,995 school supply items (value: $6,000)

SECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK Food and cash donations equivalent to 15,024 meals for food insecure families in Nashville

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY

$2,000 in gas cards and donations to fuel ACS Hope Lodge shuttle vans (= 14,000 miles of patient transportation)

FILL THE BOOT

$9,533 raised for the Muscular Dystrophy Association

COAT DRIVE

650 coats donated to six local non-profit organizations

TOYS FOR TOTS

2,133 toys and $4,436 in monetary donations

MUSIC CITY BLITZ TITANS PROMOTING SOCIAL INCLUSION THROUGH SHARED SPORTS EXPERIENCES

This year, the Titans partnered with Special Olympics Tennessee to host the third annual Music City Blitz, a 5v5 flag football tournament at Nissan Stadium with nearly 400 participants. Proceeds raised through the tournament – more than $60,000 – helped fund the 2019 Special Olympics Summer Games, providing the opportunity for more than 1,000 Special Olympics athletes to compete in seven sports.

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TOP COMMUNITY HONOR BEN JONES NAMED TITANS NOMINEE FOR WALTER PAYTON NFL MAN OF THE YEAR AWARD

Titans center Ben Jones was the team’s 2019 nominee for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award. Considered one of the league’s most prestigious honors, the award recognizes an NFL player for outstanding community service activities off the field, as well as excellence on the field. Ben Jones and his wife, Alex, established The Jones Mission in 2017 to provide at-risk youth with opportunities they might otherwise not have through grants, additional resources and educational opportunities. Each year they host the Ben Jones Celebrity Clay Shoot, a skeet shooting tournament, to raise money for local non-profit organizations that serve the youth. Through the 2019 clay shoot, The Jones Mission was able to donate $40,000 to Endure Athletics and $45,000 to Preston Taylor Ministries, the latter of which was able to open a new location for afterschool programs.

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Additionally, each year Jones sponsors a trip to a Titans game for the seniors on the football team of his former high school, Bibb County High School, in Centreville, Ala. The experience includes roundtrip transportation, tickets, a private tailgate, swag bags, a meet-and-greet with Jones, as well as a tour of the Titans practice facility. Jones also hosts a free ‘Friday Night Lights’ youth football camp in Centreville every June for kids ages eight through 14, and sponsors Christmas shopping events for families in Centreville and in Nashville. “It’s an honor to be nominated as the Titans’ Water Payton Man of the Year,” said Jones. “It’s incredibly important to me to help kids in need and to show them that anything is possible through hard work, determination and prayer. I have been fortunate that my foundation has been able to impact the lives of kids in Nashville and Alabama.”

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BEST SPORTS CITY

NASHVILLE SELECTED #1 BY SPORTS BUSINESS JOURNAL FOR 2019 In December, Sports Business Journal selected Nashville as the Best Sports City in the country for 2019. The announcement came off the heels of the NFL Draft, widely considered the most successful draft in NFL history. Nissan Stadium, home of the Titans, also hosted the CONCACAF Gold Cup Semi-final game in July, the She Believes Cup in March, two USL games for Nashville SC, the Western Kentucky/Louisville football game and TSU football games. NASCAR Awards Week was also held in Nashville for the first time. And in addition to the NFL’s Titans and NHL’s Predators, local colleges like Vanderbilt, Belmont, David Lipscomb and Tennessee State have also helped put the city on the map and make it a destination city for sports.

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UNIQUE LOOK AT TITANS DESIGNS DEBUTS IN NASHVILLE The Titans debuted ‘Titans Art Rush,’ displaying a unique look at some of the creative designs produced by and for the Tennessee Titans. The inaugural event was held on Saturday, Dec. 14 at Woolworth on 5th, featuring the work of: • Donald Page - Tennessee Titans team photographer • Tom Bancroft - Artist behind the Titans’ Saturday Morning Cartoon series / Walt Disney Supervising Animator • Dakota Wiley - Artist behind the majority of the Titans’ 2019 ‘My Cause My Cleats’ • Manuel Cuevas - Legendary fashion designer behind Titans Guard Rodger Saffold’s one-of-a kind look ahead of the season opener

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TITANS RADIO SHOWS

TITANS RADIO

THE MIKE VRABEL SHOW Mondays 6 PM - 7 PM CT (Titans Radio Network - check local listings) Mike Keith joins Titans head coach Mike Vrabel to take questions from fans regarding the latest topics during the season.

TITANS TONIGHT When Titans fans want passion, excitement and information about their favorite football team, they turn to Titans Radio. Across the MidSouth for over 20 years, Titans Radio has consistently brought the action of Tennessee Titans football into radios everywhere. That same passion and excitement emanates from longtime “Voice of the Titans,” Mike Keith, regarded as one of the most talented and respected announcers in the NFL. The 2020 season marks Keith’s 23rd year as the play-by-play voice of the franchise. Keith is again joined by longtime NFL coach Dave McGinnis, adding more depth to the veteran broadcast crew that makes up Titans Radio.

LISTEN TO GAMES Titans Radio can be heard in Nashville on 104.5 WGFX-FM, with multiple affiliates across Tennessee, Alabama, Kentucky, and Mississippi (check titansradio.com for complete list). NFL games can be heard on NFL Game Pass, Westwood One, TuneIn, and SiriusXM.

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Tuesdays 6 PM - 7 PM CT (Titans Radio Network - check local listings) Mike Keith, former Titans LB Keith Bulluck and Amie Wells host this hour-long show. Have Questions? Call us during the show at 877-8482761 or Tweet us using #TitansTonight

MAC TALK Wednesdays 6 PM - 7 PM CT (only on 104.5 the Zone) Titans Radio game day analyst and former NFL head coach Dave McGinnis gets fans ready for the upcoming NFL weekend with his own show each Wednesday night. Titans Radio’s Rhett Bryan serves as McGinnis’ co-host. 

THE OTP: OFFICIAL TITANS PODCAST Hosted by Mike Keith and Amie Wells, The OTP features contributions from Tennessee Titans senior writer/editor Jim Wyatt, Titans Radio analyst Dave McGinnis and various Titans players and guests each week throughout the season. Available at www.tennesseetitans.com/podcasts

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THE MIKE VRABEL SHOW Titans head coach Mike Vrabel joins Mike Keith to recap the latest game, while analyzing the upcoming opponent. The show airs throughout the season on Tuesday nights at 6:30 p.m. CT on WKRN Channel 2.

HOW TO WATCH NFL GAMES

TITANS ALL ACCEESS Mike Keith and Amie Wells bring fans Titans features, game previews and game recaps throughout the season on WZTV Fridays (11:05 p.m.), WUXP Saturdays (10:30 a.m.), and WNAB Saturdays (3 p.m.) It also airs in Nashville on CW 58 and on MyTV 30. Titans All Access also has affiliates in Chattanooga, Knoxville, Memphis, Jackson, Huntsville, AL and Paducah, KY.

Watch NFL Games: Over-the-Air, Cable, Satellite TV CBS, FOX, NBC, ESPN, NFL Network, NFL Red Zone, NFL Sunday Ticket Watch NFL Games: Over-the-Top & Mobile Streaming CBS All Access, Fox Sports Go, NBC Sports, ESPN, Amazon Prime Video, DirectTV NFL Sunday Ticket, NFL Sunday Ticket, NFL Game Pass,Yahoo Sports App, NFL Mobile App, Titans App (watch live nationally-televised and in-market games on iOS Mobile app), TennesseeTitans.com (available on Safari browser to in-market fans only)

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TITANS BLITZ Former Titans running back Eddie George joins host Lance Smith to discuss the team’s latest hot topics, while previewing the upcoming game. The show airs throughout the season on FOX 17 10:35 Fridays start 9/11.

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T-RAC Height: Real Tall Weight: Heavy Age: Young at Heart Birthplace: The Parthenon, Nashville College: Tennessee Academy of Fine Arts and Hysteria Hometown: Nashville, TN Where Can You Find T-Rac? Frolicking in th Beautiful Tennessee State Parks Favorite Color: Titans Blue Favorite Team: THE TITANS! (Duh, do you even have to ask!) Favorite Number: #00 (T-Rac's number)

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BLUE CREW

DRUMLINE The Blue Crew Drumline is the heartbeat of Titans fans. This high-energy entertainment drumline performs throughout Nissan Stadium before, during and after games.

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NISSAN STADIUM

HOME OF THE TITANS SINCE INAUGURAL 1999 SEASON

On June 25, 2015, the Titans and Nissan North America announced the formation of a 20-year, exclusive naming-rights partnership that rebranded Nashville’s downtown stadium as Nissan Stadium. Nissan Stadium hosts all Titans home football games, Tennessee State University home football games, the Music City Bowl, international soccer games, concerts, the CMA Music Festival and numerous other events. The procurement of naming rights to Nissan Stadium fit the automotive company’s ‘Fewer, Bigger, Better’ marketing strategy, which has included ongoing sponsorships of NBC’s The Voice, the Heisman House college football program and a major advertising presence at the Super Bowl. Nissan is also known as the official automotive partner of the Tennessee Titans. Nissan’s ever-growing footprint in Tennessee includes vehicle and powertrain manufacturing facilities in Smyrna and Decherd respectively, along with its North American headquarters in Franklin. The Nissan Smyrna plant began operations in 1983 and employs more than 8,400 people. In 2014, the Smyrna plant assembled more than 648,000 vehi-

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cles, making it the highest volume automotive assembly plant in North America. Nissan also has a major manufacturing presence in Canton, Miss., along with research and development groups in California, Arizona and Michigan. In total, the company employs more than 22,000 employees in the U.S. An important component of the Titans-Nissan partnership is assisting charitable organizations throughout Middle Tennessee in an array of community outreach programs. A centerpiece of this is the annual “Taste of Titans” charitable event, for which Nissan serves as presenting sponsor and which this year benefited the ALS Association, Tennessee Chapter. During the course of a 20-year relationship, a total of more than $1 million resulting from these annual events is anticipated to be distributed to local nonprofit organizations. Nissan Stadium is a city-owned venue that has housed the Titans since 1999. The naming rights agreement included the opportunity for Nissan branding on the exterior of the stadium, as well as stadium signage and other unique displays inside the stadium. LP Building Products previously held the naming rights to the stadium since 2006.

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BUILDING FOR SUCCESS TITANS BEGIN EXPANSION OF SAINT THOMAS SPORTS PARK

The Tennessee Titans began construction on an expansion project at Saint Thomas Sports Park, which will almost double its current footprint in Nashville’s MetroCenter neighborhood. They celebrated with an official ground breaking ceremony on Dec. 13. Titans owner Amy Adams Strunk was joined at the ceremony by Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander and Marsha Blackburn. The plan includes 60,000-square-feet in additions, including a new building situated along one of the practice fields, and major renovation of spaces within the existing 75,000-square-foot building. Improvements to Saint Thomas Sports Park, home to the team’s practice facility and corporate office since its inaugural season as the Titans in 1999, will continue to transform the space into a modern, firstclass building aimed at enhancing the production of both its football and business staffs. Strunk, who assumed her role in 2015, has made a priority of ensuring that the team has the best tools at its disposal to perform on and off the field. In the past five years, the Titans organization has seen its staff grow by 50 percent. This increased headcount and the continuing evolution of the Titans’ overall business led to the decision to develop the building.

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Optimizing the workspace of the coaching staff and players is a key goal in the new office building. A revamped auditorium for all-team meetings, modernized meeting spaces for film study and a new draft room are among the items planned. These improvements come following Adams Strunk’s already completed renovations to the facility, which include a new cafeteria, weight room, locker room, training room and TV and radio studios. Also planned in the new development is a 2,000-square-foot event space that leads out onto a 2,300-square-foot rooftop deck. While this space will be used for day-to-day staff functions, it will also serve as a key entertainment area for sponsors and other visitors to the facility. On the business side, the construction will allow the Titans to consolidate various departments that had been housed in multiple locations into the same building. Currently, the Titans lease additional space in MetroCenter to accommodate growth and houses its Ticket Sales group at Nissan Stadium. The new space will bring the vast majority of its staff under one roof. In addition to functional workspace, a two-story, 39,000-square-foot parking garage will add over 100 parking spaces to the facility

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kansas city chiefs

at Jacksonville Jaguars Minnesota Vikings New York Jets at Chicago Bears at Cleveland Browns Cincinnati Bengals BYE at Detroit Lions Baltimore Ravens at Tennessee Titans Green Bay Packers Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans at Las Vegas Raiders Houston Texans at Pittsburgh Steelers Jacksonville Jaguars

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

7:20p 3:25p 7:20p 12:00p 3:25p 12:00p 12:00p

7:20p 3:25p 7:15p 3:25p 12:00p 7:20p 3:25p 12:00p 12:00p

1:00p 1:00p 8:20p 1:00p 1:00p 1:00p 4:05p TBD 1:00p 1:00p

1:00p 1:00p 4:05p 1:00p 4:25p 1:00p

10/25 11/1 11/8 11/15 11/22 11/29 12/6 12/13 12/17 TBD 1/3

9/13 9/21 9/27 10/4 10/11

11/1 11/8 11/15 11/22 11/29 12/6 12/13 12/20 12/27 1/3

9/13 9/20 9/24 10/4 10/11 10/18

cleveland browns

at Carolina Panthers New Orleans Saints at New England Patriots Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs BYE Tampa Bay Buccaneers* at Cleveland Browns at Los Angeles Chargers Denver Broncos Kansas City Chiefs* at Atlanta Falcons at New York Jets Indianapolis Colts Los Angeles Chargers Miami Dolphins at Denver Broncos

las vegas raiders

Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans Miami Dolphins at Cincinnati Bengals at Houston Texans Detroit Lions BYE at Los Angeles Chargers Houston Texans at Green Bay Packers Pittsburgh Steelers Cleveland Browns at Minnesota Vikings Tennessee Titans at Baltimore Ravens Chicago Bears at Indianapolis Colts

jacksonville jaguars

5:20p 10:00a 1:05p 1:05p 5:20p 10:00a 10:00a 1:05p 5:20p TBD 1:25p

10:00a 5:15p 10:00a 1:25p 10:00a

4:05p 1:00p 1:00p 1:00p 1:00p 1:00p 1:00p 1:00p 1:00p 1:00p

1:00p 1:00p 8:20p 1:00p 1:00p 1:00p

11/22 11/29 12/6 12/13 12/17 TBD 1/3

9/13 9/20 9/27 10/4 10/12 10/18 10/25 11/1 11/8

11/1 11/8 11/12 11/22 11/29 12/6 12/13 TBD 12/27 1/3

9/14 9/20 9/27 10/4 10/11 10/18

pittsburgh steelers

at Cincinnati Bengals Kansas City Chiefs Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints New York Jets at Miami Dolphins Jacksonville Jaguars Las Vegas Raiders BYE at Denver Broncos at Buffalo Bills New England Patriots Atlanta Falcons at Las Vegas Raiders Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs

los angeles chargers

at Denver Broncos Jacksonville Jaguars at Minnesota Vikings Pittsburgh Steelers Buffalo Bills Houston Texans BYE at Cincinnati Bengals Chicago Bears Indianapolis Colts at Baltimore Ravens at Indianapolis Colts Cleveland Browns at Jacksonville Jaguars Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers* at Houston Texans

tennessee titans

1:05p 10:00a 1:25p 1:25p 5:20p TBD 10:00a

1:05p 1:25p 1:05p 10:00a 5:15p 1:05p 10:00a 1:05p 1:05p

12:00p 12:00p 7:20p 12:00p 12:00p 12:00p 12:00p TBD 7:20p 12:00p

9:10p 12:00p 12:00p 12:00p 12:00p 12:00p


T E N N E S S E E T I TA N S g a m e d ay 2 0 2 0

AFC NORTH

11/29 12/7 12/13 TBD 12/28 1/3

9/13 9/20 9/27 10/4 10/11 10/15 10/25 11/1 11/8 11/15

11/8 11/15 11/22 11/26 12/3 12/14 12/20 12/27 1/3

9/13 9/20 9/28 10/4 10/11 10/18 10/25

New York Jets at Miami Dolphins Los Angeles Rams at Las Vegas Raiders at Tennessee Titans Kansas City Chiefs at New York Jets New England Patriots Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals BYE Los Angeles Chargers at San Francisco 49ers Pittsburgh Steelers* at Denver Broncos at New England Patriots Miami Dolphins

buffalo bills

Cleveland Browns at Houston Texans Kansas City Chiefs at Washington Redskins Cincinnati Bengals at Philadelphia Eagles Pittsburgh Steelers BYE at Indianapolis Colts at New England Patriots* Tennessee Titans at Pittsburgh Steelers Dallas Cowboys at Cleveland Browns Jacksonville Jaguars New York Giants at Cincinnati Bengals

baltimore ravens

1:00p 8:15p 8:20p TBD 8:15p 1:00p

1:00p 1:00p 1:00p 4:25p 1:00p 8:20p 1:00p 1:00p 1:00p 4:05p

1:00p 8:20p 1:00p 8:20p 8:20p 8:15p 1:00p 1:00p 1:00p

1:00p 4:25p 8:15p 1:00p 1:00p 1:00p 1:00p

* Sunday night games in Weeks 5-16 subject to change; Week 17 game TBD

AFC EAST

AFCNFCSchedules.indd 101

101

9/18/20 1:45 PM

11/29 12/6 12/13 12/20 TBD 1/3

9/13 9/20 9/24 10/4 10/11 10/18 10/25 11/1 11/8 11/15

11/15 11/22 11/29 12/6 12/13 12/21 12/27 1/3

9/13 9/17 9/27 10/4 10/11 10/18 10/25 11/1

at New England Patriots Buffalo Bills at Jacksonville Jaguars Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers at Denver Broncos Los Angeles Chargers Los Angeles Rams at Arizona Cardinals New York Jets BYE at New York Jets Cincinnati Bengals Kansas City Chiefs New England Patriots at Las Vegas Raiders at Buffalo Bills

miami dolphins

Los Angeles Chargers at Cleveland Browns at Philadelphia Eagles Jacksonville Jaguars at Baltimore Ravens at Indianapolis Colts Cleveland Browns Tennessee Titans BYE at Pittsburgh Steelers at Washington Redskins New York Giants at Miami Dolphins Dallas Cowboys Pittsburgh Steelers at Houston Texans Baltimore Ravens

cincinnati bengals

1:00p 1:00p 1:00p 1:00p TBD 1:00p

1:00p 1:00p 8:20p 1:00p 4:05p 4:05p 1:00p 1:00p 4:25p 4:05p

1:00p 1:00p 1:00p 1:00p 1:00p 8:15p 1:00p 1:00p

4:05p 8:20p 1:00p 1:00p 1:00p 1:00p 1:00p 1:00p

10/25 11/1 11/9 11/5 11/22 11/29 12/6 12/10 12/20 12/28 1/3

9/13 9/20 9/27 10/4 10/11

11/15 11/22 11/29 12/6 12/14 12/20 TBD 1/3

9/13 9/17 9/27 10/4 10/11 10/18 10/25 11/1

Miami Dolphins at Seattle Seahawks Las Vegas Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs Denver Broncos BYE San Francisco 49ers at Buffalo Bills at New York Jets Baltimore Ravens* at Houston Texans Arizona Cardinals at Los Angeles Chargers at Los Angeles Rams at Miami Dolphins Buffalo Bills New York Jets

new england patriots

at Baltimore Ravens Cincinnati Bengals Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys Indianapolis Colts at Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals Las Vegas Raiders BYE Houston Texans Philadelphia Eagles at Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans Baltimore Ravens at New York Giants at New York Jets Pittsburgh Steelers

cleveland browns

4:25p 1:00p 8:15p 8:20p 1:00p 1:00p 4:25p 8:20p 1:00p 8:15p 1:00p

1:00p 8:20p 1:00p 4:25p 1:00p

1:00p 1:00p 1:00p 1:00p 8:15p 1:00p TBD 1:00p

1:00p 8:20p 1:00p 1:00p 4:25p 1:00p 1:00p 1:00p

11/29 12/6 12/13 TBD TBD 1/3

9/13 9/20 9/27 10/1 10/11 10/18 10/25 11/1 11/9 11/15

11/8 11/15 11/22 11/26 12/6 12/13 12/21 12/27 1/3

9/14 9/20 9/27 10/4 10/11 10/18 10/25

at Buffalo Bills San Francisco 49ers at Indianapolis Colts Denver Broncos Arizona Cardinals at Los Angeles Chargers Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins BYE Miami Dolphins Las Vegas Raiders at Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Rams Cleveland Browns at New England Patriots

new york jets

at New York Giants Denver Broncos Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans Philadelphia Eagles Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens BYE at Dallas Cowboys Cincinnati Bengals at Jacksonville Jaguars Baltimore Ravens Washington Redskins at Buffalo Bills* at Cincinnati Bengals Indianapolis Colts at Cleveland Browns

pittsburgh steelers

1:00p 1:00p 4:05p TBD TBD 1:00p

1:00p 1:00p 4:05p 8:20p 1:00p 4:05p 1:00p 1:00p 4:25p 4:05p

4:25p 1:00p 1:00p 8:20p 1:00p 8:20p 8:15p 1:00p 1:00p

7:15p 1:00p 1:00p 1:00p 1:00p 1:00p 1:00p


AFCNFCSchedules.indd 102

NFC SOUTH

11/8 11/15 11/19 11/29 12/6 12/13 12/20 TBD 1/3

9/13 9/20 9/27 10/4 10/11 10/19 10/25

11/22 11/29 12/6 12/13 12/20 12/27 1/3

9/13 9/20 9/27 10/5 10/11 10/18 10/25 10/29 11/8

at San Francisco 49ers Washington Redskins Detroit Lions at Carolina Panthers at New York Jets at Dallas Cowboys Seattle Seahawks BYE Miami Dolphins Buffalo Bills at Seattle Seahawks at New England Patriots Los Angeles Rams at New York Giants Philadelphia Eagles San Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles Rams

arizona cardinals

Seattle Seahawks at Dallas Cowboys Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers Carolina Panthers at Minnesota Vikings Detroit Lions at Carolina Panthers Denver Broncos BYE at New Orleans Saints Las Vegas Raiders New Orleans Saints at Los Angeles Chargers Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Kansas City Chiefs at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

atlanta falcons

1:00p 1:00p 1:00p 4:25p 1:00p 1:00p 1:00p

1:00p 1:00p 1:00p 8:15p 1:00p 1:00p 1:00p 8:20p 1:00p

* Sunday night games in Weeks 5-16 subject to change; Week 17 game TBD

NFC WEST

102

T E N N E S S E E T I TA N S g a m e d ay 2 0 2 0

9/18/20 1:45 PM

11/15 11/23 11/29 12/6 12/10 TBD 12/27 1/3

9/13 9/20 9/27 10/4 10/11 10/18 10/26 11/1

12/13 TBD 12/27 1/3

9/13 9/20 9/27 10/4 10/11 10/18 10/25 10/29 11/8 11/15 11/22 11/29

Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles at Buffalo Bills New York Giants at Washington Redskins at San Francisco 49ers* Chicago Bears at Miami Dolphins BYE Seattle Seahawks at Tampa Bay Buccaneers San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals New England Patriots New York Jets at Seattle Seahawks Arizona Cardinals

los angeles rams

Las Vegas Raiders at Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Los Angeles Chargers Arizona Cardinals at Atlanta Falcons Chicago Bears at New Orleans Saints Atlanta Falcons at Kansas City Chiefs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings BYE Denver Broncos at Green Bay Packers at Washington Redskins New Orleans Saints

carolina panthers

1:25p 5:15p 1:05p 1:05p 5:20p TBD 1:05p 1:25p

5:20p 10:00a 10:00a 1:05p 10:00a 5:20p 5:15p 10:00a

1:00p TBD 1:00p 1:00p

1:00p 1:00p 4:05p 1:00p 1:00p 1:00p 1:00p 8:20p 1:00p 1:00p 1:00p 1:00p

11/29 12/7 12/13 12/20 TBD 1/3

9/13 9/20 9/27 10/4 10/11 10/18 10/25 11/1 11/5 11/15

10/25 11/1 11/8 11/15 11/22 11/29 12/6 12/13 12/20 12/25 1/3

9/13 9/21 9/27 10/4 10/12 12:00p 3:25p 7:20p 3:25p 12:00p 3:05p 12:00p 3:25p 3:25p 3:30p 12:00p

3:25p 7:15p 7:20p 12:00p 7:15p

Arizona Cardinals at New York Jets at New York Giants Philadelphia Eagles Miami Dolphins Los Angeles Rams* at New England Patriots at Seattle Seahawks Green Bay Packers at New Orleans Saints BYE at Los Angeles Rams Buffalo Bills Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys* at Arizona Cardinals Seattle Seahawks

1:05p 5:15p 1:25p 5:20p TBD 1:25p

1:25p 10:00a 10:00a 5:20p 1:05p 5:20p 1:25p 1:25p 5:20p 1:25p

san francisco 49ers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Las Vegas Raiders Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions Los Angeles Chargers BYE Carolina Panthers at Chicago Bears at Tampa Bay Buccaneers* San Francisco 49ers Atlanta Falcons at Denver Broncos at Atlanta Falcons at Philadelphia Eagles Kansas City Chiefs Minnesota Vikings at Carolina Panthers

new orleans saints

10/25 11/1 11/8 11/15 11/19 11/30 12/6 12/13 12/20 12/27 1/3

9/13 9/20 9/27 10/4 10/11

12/13 12/20 TBD 1/3

9/13 9/20 9/27 10/4 10/8 10/18 10/25 11/2 11/8 11/15 11/23 11/29

at Atlanta Falcons New England Patriots Dallas Cowboys at Miami Dolphins Minnesota Vikings* BYE at Arizona Cardinals San Francisco 49ers at Buffalo Bills at Los Angeles Rams Arizona Cardinals at Philadelphia Eagles New York Giants New York Jets at Washington Redskins Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers

seattle seahawks

at New Orleans Saints Carolina Panthers at Denver Broncos Los Angeles Chargers at Chicago Bears Green Bay Packers at Las Vegas Raiders* at New York Giants New Orleans Saints* at Carolina Panthers Los Angeles Rams Kansas City Chiefs BYE Minnesota Vikings at Atlanta Falcons at Detroit Lions Atlanta Falcons

tampa bay buccaneers

1:05p 1:25p 10:00a 1:25p 5:20p 5:15p 1:05p 1:05p 10:00a 1:05p 1:25p

10:00a 5:20p 1:25p 10:00a 5:20p

1:00p 1:00p TBD 1:00p

4:25p 1:00p 4:25p 1:00p 8:20p 4:25p 8:20p 8:15p 8:20p 1:00p 8:15p 4:25p


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NFC NORTH

11/22 11/26 12/3 12/13 12/20 12/27 1/3

9/13 9/20 9/27 10/4 10/11 10/19 10/25 11/1 11/8

11/29 12/6 12/13 12/20 12/27 1/3

9/13 9/20 9/27 10/4 10/8 10/18 10/26 11/1 11/8 11/16

at Los Angeles Rams Atlanta Falcons at Seattle Seahawks Cleveland Browns New York Giants Arizona Cardinals at Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles* Pittsburgh Steelers BYE at Minnesota Vikings Washington Redskins at Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals San Francisco 49ers* Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants

dallas cowboys

at Detroit Lions New York Giants at Atlanta Falcons Indianapolis Colts Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers at Los Angeles Rams New Orleans Saints at Tennessee Titans Minnesota Vikings BYE at Green Bay Packers* Detroit Lions Houston Texans at Minnesota Vikings at Jacksonville Jaguars Green Bay Packers

chicago bears

3:25p 3:30p 7:20p 12:00p 7:20p 3:25p 12:00p

7:20p 12:00p 3:25p 12:00p 3:25p 7:15p 12:00p 7:20p 3:25p

7:20p 12:00p 12:00p 12:00p 12:00p 12:00p

12:00p 12:00p 12:00p 12:00p 7:20p 12:00p 7:15p 3:25p 12:00p 7:15p

* Sunday night games in Weeks 5-16 subject to change; Week 17 game TBD

NFC EAST

104

T E N N E S S E E T I TA N S g a m e d ay 2 0 2 0

9/18/20 1:45 PM

11/29 12/6 12/13 12/20 12/27 1/3

9/14 9/20 9/27 10/4 10/11 10/18 10/22 11/2 11/8 11/15

10/18 10/25 11/1 11/8 11/15 11/22 11/26 12/6 12/13 TBD TBD 1/3

9/13 9/20 9/27 10/4

Pittsburgh Steelers at Chicago Bears San Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles Rams at Dallas Cowboys Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Washington Redskins Philadelphia Eagles BYE at Cincinnati Bengals at Seattle Seahawks Arizona Cardinals Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens Dallas Cowboys

new york giants

Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers at Arizona Cardinals New Orleans Saints BYE at Jacksonville Jaguars at Atlanta Falcons Indianapolis Colts at Minnesota Vikings Washington Redskins at Carolina Panthers Houston Texans at Chicago Bears Green Bay Packers at Tennessee Titans Tampa Bay Buccaneers Minnesota Vikings

detroit lions

1:00p 4:05p 1:00p 1:00p 1:00p 1:00p

7:15p 1:00p 1:00p 4:05p 4:25p 1:00p 8:20p 8:15p 1:00p 1:00p

1:00p 1:00p 1:00p 1:00p 1:00p 1:00p 12:30p 1:00p 1:00p TBD TBD 1:00p

1:00p 1:00p 4:25p 1:00p

11/15 11/22 11/30 12/6 12/13 12/20 12/27 1/3

9/13 9/20 9/27 10/4 10/11 10/18 10/22 11/1

10/18 10/25 11/1 11/5 11/15 11/22 11/29 12/6 12/13 TBD 12/27 1/3

9/13 9/20 9/27 10/5

at Washington Redskins Los Angeles Rams Cincinnati Bengals at San Francisco 49ers at Pittsburgh Steelers Baltimore Ravens New York Giants Dallas Cowboys* BYE at New York Giants at Cleveland Browns Seattle Seahawks at Green Bay Packers New Orleans Saints at Arizona Cardinals at Dallas Cowboys Washington Redskins

philadelphia eagles

at Minnesota Vikings Detroit Lions at New Orleans Saints Atlanta Falcons BYE at Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Houston Texans Minnesota Vikings at San Francisco 49ers Jacksonville Jaguars at Indianapolis Colts Chicago Bears* Philadelphia Eagles at Detroit Lions Carolina Panthers Tennessee Titans* at Chicago Bears

green bay packers

1:00p 1:00p 8:15p 4:25p 4:25p 4:05p 4:25p 1:00p

1:00p 1:00p 1:00p 8:20p 1:00p 1:00p 8:20p 8:20p

3:25p 12:00p 12:00p 7:20p 12:00p 12:00p 7:20p 3:25p 12:00p TBD 7:20p 12:00p

12:00p 12:00p 7:20p 7:15p

11/8 11/15 11/22 11/26 12/6 12/13 12/20 12/27 1/3

9/13 9/20 9/27 10/4 10/11 10/18 10/25

11/1 11/8 11/16 11/22 11/29 12/6 12/13 12/20 12/25 1/3

9/13 9/20 9/27 10/4 10/11 10/18

Philadelphia Eagles at Arizona Cardinals at Cleveland Browns Baltimore Ravens Los Angeles Rams at New York Giants Dallas Cowboys BYE New York Giants at Detroit Lions Cincinnati Bengals at Dallas Cowboys at Pittsburgh Steelers at San Francisco 49ers Seattle Seahawks Carolina Panthers at Philadelphia Eagles

washington redskins

Green Bay Packers at Indianapolis Colts Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans at Seattle Seahawks* Atlanta Falcons BYE at Green Bay Packers Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears Dallas Cowboys Carolina Panthers Jacksonville Jaguars at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Chicago Bears at New Orleans Saints at Detroit Lions

minnesota vikings

1:00p 1:00p 1:00p 4:30p 1:00p 4:25p 1:00p 1:00p 1:00p

1:00p 4:05p 1:00p 1:00p 1:00p 1:00p 1:00p

12:00p 12:00p 7:15p 3:25p 12:00p 12:00p 12:00p 12:00p 3:30p 12:00p

12:00p 12:00p 12:00p 12:00p 7:20 12:00p


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