Today’s press conference with Mike Mularkey produced some interesting nuggets of information. Here are some of the highlights.
- The team captains for 2017 will be Marcus Mariota, Delanie Walker, Jurrell Casey, Brian Orakpo, Wesley Woodyard, and Tim Shaw. Naming Shaw as the special teams captain is a pretty cool move by the team.
- Mularkey declined to name starters at corner, saying that the players don’t know who is starting either and they’ll find out on Sunday. My guess is that we see Ryan, Sims, and McCain as the top 3 for Week 1 with Jackson playing his way in to the starting group as the season wears on.
- Corey Davis will play against the Raiders on Sunday, but the team isn’t going to give him a full complement of work. Mularkey said that they will not have a snap count on him, but that he will be used in "specific situations". It will be interesting to see what that means, but at least we finally get to see Davis’ debut in the two-tone blue!
- Eric Decker will be a full go on Sunday and Mularkey said he could have played against Kansas City, but the team chose to hold him out to be safe.
- Speaking of wide receivers, Tre McBride was, in fact, eligible for the practice squad and the team had hoped to get him back if he had cleared waivers.
- Harry Douglas’ knee injury should not require surgery and they are calling it a 6 week injury. Douglas, however, cannot return until Week 9 due to IR rules.
- Mularkey said that Kline has struggled against some good players in preseason, but the team is still pleased with him.