Firkser is in line for a much larger role this season, according to Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official website.
Analysis: Wyatt also adds that Firkser showed up for the offseason program in great shape and made a strong impression around the team facility. Wideouts A.J. Brown and Julio Jones will of course account for a huge share of the targets in Tennessee, but Firkser nonetheless has a great opportunity ahead of him after the team declined to sign or draft a replacement for Jonnu Smith (now with the Patriots). Even when Smith was around, the Titans often preferred Firkser in obvious passing situations, primarily lining him up in the slot (where he ran 71 percent of routes last year, per PFF). Those passing-down snaps are plenty valuable, but Firkser also will need more early down, in-line work to achieve a true fantasy breakout in 2021. It's possible that happens, considering Geoff Swaim (484 yards in 53 career games) is the only other tight end on Tennessee's roster with an NFL reception to his name.
Jul 21, 2021 8:27 AM EST
Firkser and the Titans have agreed to a one-year contract, Paul Kuharsky of PaulKuharsky.com reports.
Analysis: The two sides have opted to avoid the restricted free agent process, instead locking Firkser in with the Titans for 2021. He can become an unrestricted free agent next offseason, and he could be looking at a nice payday if Jonnu Smith's departure for New England leaves Firkser as the primary pass-catching TE in Tennessee. The Titans' other veteran tight ends are blocking specialists MyCole Pruitt and Geoff Swaim, but the team still has plenty of time to add competition for Smith's vacated snaps and targets. Firkser has done well with limited receiving chances through three NFL seasons, catching 72 of 97 targets (74.2 percent) for 816 yards (11.3 YPR, 8.4 YPT) and three touchdowns in 43 games. There's some Year 4 breakout appeal now that Smith and Corey Davis (Jets) are out of the picture.
Mar 17, 2021 7:39 AM EST
Firkser recorded two receptions on two targets for 18 yards in Week 17 against the Texans.
Analysis: Firkser was the only Titans' receiver besides Corey Davis and A.J. Brown to record multiple receptions. However, the performance continued the trend of Firkser occupying only a small role in the offense, as he closed the season with five receptions in his final four games. Overall, Firkser managed his best season as a receiver, setting career-best marks in receptions, receiving yardage and targets. Firkser is set to become a restricted free agent in the offseason, though the team will look to make a playoff run beginning with a matchup against Baltimore in the Wild Card round.
Jan 3, 2021 9:13 PM EST
Firsker recorded one reception on two targets for 11 yards in Week 16 against the Packers.
Analysis: Firkser's role was extremely limited, as he logged a season-low eight snaps. The reemergence of Jonnu Smith and increased role for Geoff Swaim have pushed Firkser down the depth chart. He is unlikely to make much impact in a Week 17 matchup against the Texans.
Dec 28, 2020 4:33 PM EST
Firkser recorded one catch on one target for 20 yards in Week 15 against the Lions.
Analysis: Firkser had a limited role in the offense, with Jonnu Smith clearly working ahead of him on the depth chart. While he has had flashes of production throughout the season, Firkser now has one or zero receptions in three of his last four games.
Dec 20, 2020 8:10 PM EST
Firkser recorded a reception on his lone target for five yards in Week 14 against the Jaguars.
Analysis: After a one-game absence, Jonnu Smith returned to the field. Firkser's role decreased as a result, as he tallied only one target for the second time in his past three games. He won't have enough volume to be trustworthy in Week 15 against the Lions.
Dec 14, 2020 7:50 AM EST
Firkser recorded five receptions on seven targets for 51 yards in Week 13 against the Browns.
Analysis: Firkser was already in line for an increased role with Jonnu Smith (knee) sidelined, but game script only enhanced his opportunity further. He recorded only one reception in the first half, but hauled in four passes for 37 yards during a single garbage time possession late in the fourth quarter. Given that Firkser was held quiet for the majority of the game, it will be difficult to trust his ability to command targets even if Smith misses additional game action. Adding to that concern is a tough Week 14 matchup against the Ravens.
Dec 6, 2020 4:21 PM EST
Firkser is expected to serve as Tennessee's top pass-catching tight end Sunday against the Browns with Jonnu Smith (knee) ruled out for the contest, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.
Analysis: Smith has played in all 11 of the Titans' games to date, but he exited early in the team's Week 6 win over the Texans with an ankle injury. In that same contest, Firkser came on in relief of Smith and shined, turning his nine targets into eight catches for 113 yards and a touchdown. Since then, Firkser seems to have fallen behind Geoff Swaim in the pecking order at tight end; Swaim has played at least 50 percent of the offensive snaps in each of the past three games, while Firkser hasn't topped 40 percent. Swaim's blocking prowess could allow him to lead the way in terms of snap share once again, but Firkser's role in the passing game gives him the higher fantasy upside of the two even if he's on the field less frequently.
Dec 4, 2020 2:50 PM EST
Firkser did not haul in his only target during Sunday's 45-26 win against Indianapolis.
Analysis: Tennessee only elected to go to the air 22 times against the AFC South rival Colts. Instead, pounding the rock 45 times to the tune of 5.1 yards per attempt with four rushing scores. Firkser posted multiple receptions in six of his seven preceding appearances entering Week 12, but Sunday's effort represented his second zero-catch effort of the 2020 campaign. He remains with one TD on the season as Tennessee readies for a Week 13 home game against Cleveland.
Dec 1, 2020 6:59 PM EST
Firkser recorded four receptions on five targets for 33 yards in Week 11 against Baltimore.
Analysis: Firkser maintained his role as a receiving option, logging his highest reception total since Week 6 against Houston. Three of his targets came after Jonnu Smith suffered an ankle injury, though Smith was eventually able to re-enter the game. While Firkser has had a few weeks of strong production, he has caught more than three passes in only three of his 10 games this season.
Nov 23, 2020 7:44 AM EST
Firkser caught one of three targets for five receiving yards during Thursday's 34-17 loss to the Colts.
Analysis: The Harvard standout had logged five straight multi-reception outings entering Thursday Night Football, but with just one catch he shouldered his fourth game with under 10 receiving yards this season. Firkser enjoyed a breakout eight-catch, 113-yard, one-TD performance Week 6 against the Texans, but otherwise, he has no other scores and remains without another outing of more than 45 receiving yards.
Nov 17, 2020 6:39 PM EST
Firkser recorded three receptions on six targets for 19 yards in Week 9 against the Bears.
Analysis: Firkser finished second on the team with six targets, behind only A.J. Brown. He was utilized close to the line of scrimmage, limiting his output potential, with his longest catch of the day going for only 12 yards. Firkser was on the field for 49 percent of offensive snaps, his second-highest mark of the season. Nevertheless, he is still working behind Jonnu Smith as the team's primary pass-catching tight end.
Nov 9, 2020 8:12 AM EST
Firkser recorded two receptions on three targets for 36 yards in Week 8 against Cincinnati.
Analysis: Firkser recorded the majority of his production in the fourth quarter as the team tried to come behind from a deficit. He made catches of 10 and 26 yards on back-to-back plays, helping Tennessee move down the field on a drive that ended with a touchdown. Firkser could be in line for more targets over the middle of the field if Adam Humphries (head) is unable to suit up in Week 9 against Chicago, though Jonnu Smith remains clearly atop the depth chart.
Nov 2, 2020 11:56 AM EST
Firkser recorded two receptions on two targets for seven yards in Week 7 against the Steelers.
Analysis: Coming off the best game in his career, Firkser predictably lost targets due to the return of Jonnu Smith (ankle). In addition to Smith, the Titans also welcomed back Corey Davis (COVID-19), further burying Firkser as a priority for targets. So long as the team's pass-catching corps remain healthy, it will be difficult to trust Firkser to see consistent volume moving forward.
Oct 25, 2020 9:05 PM EST
Firkser caught eight of nine targets for 113 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 42-36 overtime win over the Texans.
Analysis: Firkser took over as the No. 1 tight end after Jonnu Smith exited with an ankle injury in the third quarter, but Firkser's touchdown actually came before that, on a seven-yard catch in the first quarter. Tennessee's high-powered offense is averaging 32.8 points per game, so Firkser would instantly enter the TE1 discussion against the Steelers in Week 7 and beyond if Smith has to miss any time.
Oct 18, 2020 1:41 PM EST
Firkser recorded three receptions on five targets for 19 yards in the Titans' Week 5 win over the Bills.
Analysis: Firkser drew the third-most targets on the team, benefitting from the absences of Corey Davis (COVID-19) and Adam Humphries (COVID-19). He didn't do much with the opportunity, however, as he recorded under four yards per target with his longest reception of the contest going for 12 yards. Firkser could maintain increased volume if Davis and Humphries remain out in a Week 6 matchup against Houston, though his work in the shorter areas of the passing game limit his potential.
Oct 13, 2020 9:09 PM EST
Firkser tallied four receptions on four targets for 45 yards in the Titans' Week 2 win over the Jaguars.
Analysis: Firkser finished third on the with four receptions in the absence of A.J. Brown (knee). Three of his receptions were chunk gains, as he recorded catches of 14, 10 and 16 yards. While Firkser splits playing time evenly with MyCole Pruitt in the backup tight end role, Firkser is more heavily utilized as a receiver of the pair. He could see an increase in targets in Week 3 against the Vikings if Brown remains sidelined.
Sep 20, 2020 8:10 PM EST
Firkser recorded two receptions for five yards in the team's Week 1 win over Denver.
Analysis: Firkser was the primary receiving tight end after Jonnu Smith, as he logged 32 offensive snaps. However, he was only targeted twice, with his longest reception of the contest going for six yards. Firkser lost out on a chance to find the end zone when Ryan Tannehill instead connected with MyCole Pruitt for a one-yard score in the second quarter.
Sep 15, 2020 12:25 PM EST
Firkser agreed to terms on a one-year contract extension with the Titans on Thursday, Paul Kuharsky of 104.5 The Zone Nashville reports.
Analysis: Despite operating as Tennessee's No. 2 tight end behind Jonnu Smith last season, Firkser was a key reserve contributor for the Titans and has been rewarded with another offseason to develop with the team. He hauled in 14 of 24 targets for 204 yards and one score across 15 regular-season games in 2019, in addition to hauling in a key 22-yard touchdown during the AFC Championship Game loss to Kansas City. He was set to become an exclusive rights free agent this offseason.
Feb 13, 2020 10:07 AM EST
Firkser recorded 14 receptions for 204 yards and a touchdown across 15 games for the Titans in 2019.
Analysis: Firkser worked behind Jonnu Smith as the team's primary tight end, but managed to top 200 yards for the second consecutive season. Though he didn't produce overly impressive statistics, he has converted 33 of his 44 targets into receptions through two seasons as a pro. Firkser will enter the offseason as an exclusive rights free agent, meaning the Titans will only need to offer him a minimum contract to maintain his rights.
Jan 25, 2020 8:36 PM EST
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