Six Hot Topics from GM Jon Robinson at NFL Combine


INDIANAPOLIS — Titans general manager Jon Robinson had two different sessions with reporters here on Wednesday at the NFL Combine.

Here's a look at six hot topics:


On how active the Titans might be in free agency:**

"We'll take every situation into account. There's always a jumping off point somewhere when you start to have those negotiations with players. You just can't put the team in that position. From a financial standpoint, sometimes those are the tougher decisions. Sometimes the decision to walk away is just as important as the decision to move forward. So we'll take every situation and every scenario that arises and analyze it and do what is best for the team. … We have a game plan. We'll see how that manifests itself in a week when those contracts do expire and we can have those discussions."

On how he feels about Marcus Mariota being all the way back for season opener:

"Good. In discussions with him, I know he is working hard. This football team is very important to him. He likes the steps that we took last year and the strides that we made last year. We are trying to put him in a better position to go out and score more points."

On the plan for running backs DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry in 2017:

"That's really a coaching decision, not to put that on coach Mularkey. We are happy with both of those guys. Both of those guys did an outstanding job in their roles last year. They are three-down players, they can play on all three downs. It is how it kind of shakes out. It will be a week-to-week depending on our opponent. The coaches did a great job last year of game-planning and trying to strategize to maximize the personnel that we have on the roster and put ourselves in position to win football games."


Titans GM Jon Robinson, head coach Mike Mularkey make their media rounds at the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. (Photos: Gary Glenn)

On whether the Titans can count on OLB Kevin Dodd, who ended last year on IR, next fall:**

"It was unfortunate with Kevin last year. We were hopeful. He had an outstanding rookie camp when he came in. He is long, he has a good first step. He is a powerful guy and then he had the foot thing and just kind of never got back to normal. I know he is working hard to get back out there. He is a young, talented outside linebacker for us who can play in the run game and rush the passer so we are looking forward to having him back. … He is on the team, he is under contract, and he is certainly one we want to see healthy and out there contributing."

On the potential for trading the fifth overall pick:

"We'll see. It's got to be a two-way street. We've got to have somebody that wants to move up to that spot. But like I said last year, we're open for business and willing to have discussions. We're just trying to put ourselves in position to improve the football team."

On how much it would help if QBs go early in draft, before Titans pick at 5:

"When those guys go, with our situation with Marcus and having a good young quarterback on the team that bought into what we are about philosophically, you like when other teams (pick QBs) -- kind of like it happened last year with those two guys. If that could happen this year, then that certainly pushes other positions potentially down to you." looks back at some current and former Titans players taking part in the NFL Scouting Combine. (AP Photos)

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