The Tennessee Titans have hired Terrell Williams as defensive line coach Josh Jones Jersey , Keith Carter as offensive line coach and Tony Dews as running backs coach.

 

Williams has been the Miami Dolphins’ defensive line coach the last three seasons. He also was on the Oakland Raiders’ staff from 2012-14.

Carter was the Atlanta Falcons’ running backs coach in 2017 after spending two seasons as Atlanta’s assistant offensive line coach. The Falcons ranked ninth in the NFL in rushing this past season.

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Dews is a longtime college assistant who spent 2017 as West Virginia’s running backs coach. His previous college stops included stints coaching Michigan wide receivers (2008-10), Pittsburgh tight ends (2011) and Arizona receivers (2012-16).

They’re the latest additions to new coach Mike Vrabel’s staff.

The new Titans staff already included offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur, defensive coordinator Dean Pees, quarterbacks coach Pat O’Hara Bart Starr Jersey , secondary coach Kerry Coombs, outside linebackers coach Shane Bowen, inside linebackers coach Tyrone McKenzie and receivers coach Rob Moore.

Vrabel also had already announced he retaining Arthur Smith as tight ends coach and keeping Craig Aukerman on staff as special teams coach. Aukerman had been an assistant special teams coach on Mike Mularkey’s Titans staff this past season.

Utah defensive lineman Lowell Lotulelei says Michigan defensive lineman Maurice Hurst Jr. told him Saturday that he had been diagnosed with the same heart condition as Lotulelei’s older brother, Star.

The comments came shortly after ESPN.com first reported Hurst will not be allowed to participate in drills.

League spokesman Michael Signora confirmed that players can be held out based on certain diagnoses but that he believed Hurst was still in town.

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Jeff Foster Bryan Bulaga Jersey , president of National Football Scouting, declined to confirm details of what happened because of privacy concerns. But he did tell The Associated Press that six to eight players have been withheld from drills this year for reasons players were not aware of before their arrival.

Foster said that number has stayed relatively consistent over the past 13 years.

Hurst had been rising steadily on mock draft boards.

The 6-foot-2, 280-pound defensive tackle had 59 tackles and 5 1/2 sacks last season. He also had 13 tackles for loss and has been considered one component of a deep class of defensive tackles in this year’s draft.

Hurst’s father played seven seasons with the New England Patriots as a cornerback.

Word leaked just after defensive linemen and linebackers started talking to reporters at the NFL’s annual scouting combine in Indianapolis.

”I just found out in the NFLPA meeting that we just had. He just said, `Star was your brother?’ And I said yeah. He’s like Dave Robinson Jersey , `Man, I just got the same thing that he did,”’ Lowell Lotulelei told reporters. ”Obviously I didn’t go through it, so I don’t really know what he’s feeling like. But I kind of understand the disappointment just because my brother trained just like he trained and you’re expecting one thing and getting another. I feel for him. It sucks. But I think he’ll be fine just like my brother was.”

Five years ago Ryan Jensen Color Rush Jersey , Star Lotulelei arrived at the combine as the expected first pick in that year’s draft.

Things changed dramatically after doctors identified an ”abnormal” test on his heart.

Lotulelei then sought additional opinions, eventually was cleared to exercise and was taken by Carolina with the 14th overall selection in the 2013 draft. He has missed only four games in five NFL seasons.

 

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