The Tennessee Titans don’t have the luxury of a deep wide receiver rotation — especially with the recent departure of Rishard Matthews.
So Pro-Football Focus came up with a trade scenario that could add some wide receiver depth to the Titans’ current roster.
Here’s the proposal:
- Titans give a fifth round pick
- Dolphins give wide receiver Devante Parker
The Titans are very thin at the receiver position, so this would be a low-risk, high-reward trade. Parker has all the intangibles to be a stud receiver but can not seem to stay healthy. A fresh start could be good for the young player, and he would be an immediate upgrade over Tajae Sharpe, Nick Williams, and Darius Jennings.
I’m not a fan of this proposal at all.
First off, while the Titans don’t have a lot of experience at the wide receiver position, I think they proved last week against the Philadelphia Eagles that they have plenty of talent. Corey Davis had a huge day against a quality defense, catching nine passes for 161 yards. Taywan Taylor showed he can be a solid number two option in the passing game, catching seven passes for 77 yards.
And then, of course, there’s running back Dion Lewis, who is uniquely dangerous in the passing game.
But that’s not the main reason I’m down on this trade proposal. My biggest issue is with the player the Titans would be receiving.
Sure, Devante Parker is a very talented player. But he can’t stay on the field. The former 2015 first round draft pick is oft-injured and has yet to amass over 750 receiving yards in a season.
His injuries range from freak accidents (broken finger this past August) to a soft tissue injury, which is something that linger for a long time.
There’s also the fact that there appears to be some miscommunication between Parker and the coaching staff at times.
#Dolphins head coach Adam Gase on WR DeVante Parker, who missed last week’s game against New England with an injured quad:”We thought he was fine. He ran a route [Friday] and didn’t say anything and then couldn’t go.” pic.twitter.com/f3QvXWbqSo
— Tony Capobianco (@TonyCapobianco) October 3, 2018
That’s the last thing the Titans need right now. I think we saw in the midst of the Matthews situation that Tennessee’s locker room is strong. The addition of Parker, and his baggage, could easily throw a wrench in the middle of the Titans’ thriving locker room.
The Titans are off to a 3-1 start. And they haven’t even come close to hitting their stride. I think the roster, for the most part, is in good shape.
If I was Jon Robinson, there’s no way I’d pick up the phone and call Miami to ask about Parker.
Featured image via The Tennessean