While there’s plenty of optimism surrounding the Tennessee Titans heading into the 2018 season, there are still a couple of areas that have some fans concerned.
One of those areas is at wide receiver.
Tennessee ranked No. 23 in the NFL in 2017 in passing yards per game. Their leading receiver was tight end Delanie Walker, which means it wasn’t exactly a banner year for Titans wide receivers.
So what did the Titans do to upgrade their wide receiver corp this past off-season?
That’s right. The Titans didn’t go out and make a big off-season acquisition. And their second leading receiver from last season, Eric Decker, is no longer on the team.
The Titans are essentially banking on a healthy Corey Davis and Tajae Sharpe to erase the passing game woes of a year ago.
And I don’t necessarily think that’s a bad plan. But Pro Football Focus, on the other hand, isn’t exactly sold on the Titans’ wide receivers next season.
According to PFF, the Titans’ wide receiver group is the 27th best in the NFL.
Here’s what they have to say:
The Titans addressed their receiving corps heavily in the 2017 NFL Draft with three players drafted in the first three rounds. Through one season, neither of them have made much of an impact. Corey Davis, Taywan Taylor and Jonnu Smith combined for all of 763 yards last season and the Titans opted to leave their receiving corps untouched through the draft and free agency.
I think this is a pretty fair ranking for Tennessee’s wide receivers. But I also don’t think the Titans are in a bad situation with their wide receivers.
Obviously this group has a lot to prove. There isn’t a household name at wide receiver on the depth chart for the Titans.
But that’s not the end of the world.
First off, the Titans have a quality pass catcher in tight end Delanie Walker. They also have a dynamic playmaker in running back Dion Lewis, who will be a nightmare for opposing defensive coordinators.
Those two players, combined with Davis, Sharpe and Rishard Matthews, will give the Titans plenty of offensive firepower — albeit slightly unproven.
By the way, the 2015 Carolina Panthers are proof you don’t need a “star wide receiver” to reach the Super Bowl. Carolina finished the regular season with a 15-1 record while relying on wide receivers like Devin Funchess, Jerricho Cotchery and Tedd Ginn.
Not exactly hall of famers.
The Titans have a roster that’s well configured for what they’re looking to do (which is the main reason Lewis was brought in, and no wide receivers were signed).
I think the offense will show significant improvement in 2018 under new offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur, despite the lack of “star power” among the wide receivers.
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