Before we get too far into what I’m about to write, let me preface it with this: I think Tennessee Titans wide receiver Corey Davis is going to be a star in the NFL.
But just because I believe he’ll be one of league’s best wide receivers, doesn’t mean it will actually happen.
Davis showed in limited action last season that he has the talent to be a franchise wide receiver.
The “limited action” part of that sentence is what’s concerning for the Titans.
Davis dealt with hamstring issues throughout training camp last summer. Those issues lingered well into the 2017 season, causing Davis to miss five games.
The hope this off-season is that Davis will be 100 percent with his hamstring problems behind him.
But there’s a decent chance that won’t be the case.
Davis was listed as “limited” during Tennessee’s minicamp session on Tuesday, though he was still able to make an impressive grab.
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He looked pretty decent in that clip, but it would be silly to completely dismiss Davis’ injury history. It’s best to be prepared for every scenario — good or bad.
The Titans are counting on Davis to be their number one wide receiver in 2018. If he goes down, it would leave the Titans with Rishard Matthews, Tajae Sharpe and Taywan Taylor as their top options at the wide receiver position.
I think each of those guys are good options, but there’s no doubt the Titans will be missing a lot of production if Davis is sidelined.
That’s why I think general manager Jon Robinson would be wise to bring in a veteran wide receiver to give Tennessee some depth — and an extra option in case Davis goes down.
The first option, obviously, would be Dez Bryant. I think at this point, Bryant knows a team isn’t going to sign him to be the focal point of their offense. I think he’d do well in Nashville. A fresh start, away from Dallas, might be all he needs to regain his Pro-Bowl form.
Two other options for the Titans would be Jeremy Maclin and Dontrelle Inman.
Neither of those guys would replace the production of Davis, but I think bringing them in would be a good move by Tennessee. Maclin and Inman, as veterans, would likely provide more production than Taywan Taylor — at least on a consistent basis.
For what it’s worth, I don’t foresee Davis missing a lot of time this year. I think he’s “limited” right now as a precaution (there’s no point in going all out during minicamps).
But the Titans need to be prepared, just in case his health goes south.
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