Kalif Raymond has had a rocky road in the NFL. A great piece by our own Luke Worsham dives deep into his journey to the Tennessee Titans.
Despite showing off his speed with a 4.34 40-yard dash at Harvard’s Pro Day, he went undrafted and became a journeyman in the NFL. After continuously being cut, he’s seemed to finally find a home in Nashville.
Raymond became a fan favorite in Nashville after having a thrilling preseason game last summer. He was surprisingly cut afterwards, though, and placed on the practice squad. However, his opportunity came again when former Titans’ kick returner, Darius Jennings, was waived and Raymond was called up.
Raymond did not let this opportunity go to waste. Ever since then, he showed what he can bring to this Titans offense. In an offense designed to run the rock to open up play-action, Raymond’s speed and precise route-running can be a deadly weapon.
There are a few examples of that last season. Against the Colts, we saw Tannehill utilize a play action fake to Derrick Henry from the shotgun and find Kalif Raymond deep for six points.
— Tennessee Titans (@Titans) December 1, 2019
We must not forget when Raymond showed off his crisp route running skills and speed by faking Marlon Humphrey for a touchdown versus the Baltimore Ravens in the postseason.
— Rafa Romero (@rafuunka) January 12, 2020
Let’s face it, the 2019 season was just offensive coordinator Arthur Smith experimenting with the Holy Cross product, and Kalif Raymond showed the Tennessee Titans exactly what he can do for this offense during the Derrick Henry era.
Raymond came through with multiple big plays versus the Titans in big games when they needed the spark. He showed Smith exactly where he fits, and it’s abundantly clear he has found a role for himself. With Smith returning as offensive coordinator, it seems logical to assume Raymond will have a bigger role in the offense in 2020.
At first, I was sold on wide receiver Corey Davis having a monster season. I mean don’t get me wrong, I will believe in Davis until it’s clear he has nothing left for the Tennessee Titans. But, Raymond has shown great strides in camp since finally getting a comfortable role on the roster.
An interesting name to keep an eye on during camp is WR Kalif Raymond. 📈👀
— Ben Eby 🎙 aka Coach (@Mr_Eby) August 19, 2020
He has looked comfortable in camp and has consistently shown how crisp his route running can be, which allows him to create separation. I’m not saying Raymond is going to have a 1,000 yard season with 10 touchdowns, but he will be a matchup nightmare for some defenses in the NFL.
Congratulations, Jon Robinson. You have landed a diamond in the rough for your Tennessee Titans. Raymond undoubtedly has a chip on his shoulder. He’s hungry and eager, and I am fully confident the best has yet to come.
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