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Cowboys, Titans, Chargers headline NFL bubble teams in 2017

Fournette runs with a ferocity and power few backs can muster, lowering his shoulder to put a boom on every defender willing to attempt a tackle.

The Tennessee Titans just got done facing one batter-ram back in Marshawn Lynch last week — who plowed over Titans’ 305-pound Jurrell Casey on one run — and face Fournette this week.

Davis has been playing the role of X receiver alongside and Eric Decker, with the latter likely taking Davis’ reps while the rookie is away. Davis will also suffer the results of missing time and practice with quarterback Marcus Mariota, delaying their acclimation.

One look at Davis’ college film tells you everything you need to know about why Tennessee selected him fifth overall. When we’ll see that on an NFL field remains to be determined.

The Titans spent the offseason compiling enhanced weaponry for Mariota’s passing attack, adding first-round pick Corey Davis, veteran Eric Decker and third-round pick Taywan Taylor to go with Rishard Matthews, Tajae Sharpe, Harry Douglas and Tre McBride. Mariota said he recently threw to Decker in a workout.

“I think the group is great,” Mariota said of his receivers. “I think adding Eric is going to help with the veteran presence. … He’s a guy who has done it in the league for a really long time. With the young guys that we have in Corey and Taywan, and even Tajae and Rishard, to have [another] guy they can look up to, I am excited and I think they are too.”

Casey is the kind of tackle who can reliably bottle up running backs and create nightmares for opposing quarterbacks. Often the subject of double teams, the 27-year-old ranked 10th among all interior defenders last season, per Pro Football Focus.

Robinson has used the past two seasons to turn the Titans into a more rugged team on both offense and defense. Paying Casey like a core member of this evolving roster makes plenty of sense.

What about that robust group of teams in the middle? You know, the ones that aren’t widely viewed as top-tier contenders, but also aren’t seen as potential holders of the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. How about them? At this point in the summer, they’re the really interesting organizations to study.

Below, I’ve compiled a list of nine fascinating teams, analyzing upside and downside before providing my gut feeling on each. Remember, I don’t put my predictions in pen until the Tuesday after Labor Day. For now, let’s take a closer look — Schein Nine style — at some franchises that could rise or fall in 2017.

Sherman wasn’t done causing chaos, flying helmet-to-helmet into Mariota on a scramble by the quarterback midway through the second quarter. The refs were busy again, calling Sherman for unnecessary roughness. After the late hit generated a crowded scuffle between Seahawks and Titans players, game officials also flagged Seattle’s Sheldon Richardson and Tennessee’s Taylor Lewan and Quinton Spain for unnecessary roughness calls. With two offsetting dead-ball fouls from either team, the entire snap was nullified, allowing the Titans to forge on for a second Succop field goal.

One of Sunday’s most exciting plays — a long, blazing punt return score by fascinating Titans rookie Adoree’ Jackson — was nullified by a flag. It doesn’t take away from how special Tennessee’s first-rounder has looked as a return threat.