The Tennessee Titans have a problem on their hands at the wide receiver position.

The team released veteran WR Adam Humphries, who was just halfway through the four-year contract he signed in 2019, on Thursday. Additionally, Corey Davis, the Titans’ leading receiver since 2017, will become an unrestricted free agent on March 17.

If Davis ends up on another team, the Titans would be left with multiple gaping holes at the position. Even if the Titans hold on to Davis, though, they’ll still need to add multiple receivers during the offseason.

Currently, the Titans have five receivers who played for the team in 2020 under contract. At the top of that list is A.J. Brown, a really talented, do-it-all receiver who’s morphing into one of the NFL’s biggest after-the-catch threats.

Beyond Brown, though, the list is pretty rough.

The four receivers who round out the list are Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, Kalif Raymond, Cody Hollister and Cameron Batson.

All four of those players are, at best, practice squad quality. Sure, each of them has made a positive contribution or two for the Titans in the past, but that shouldn’t be the standard for who a team wants to have on its roster.

Westbrook-Ikhine, Raymond, Hollister and Batson, despite their collective grittiness and team-first mentality, are unreliable. If one of them enters the 2021 season as the Titans’ No. 4 or, heaven forbid, No. 3 option, QB Ryan Tannehill and the offense would be in a really poor position.

For the Titans to build off of the offensive success they saw in 2020, they have to find some upgrades at the receiver position.

They’ll need at least one starter now that Humphries is gone, but a potential Davis departure would leave them in need of two new starters.

The Titans also need to upgrade their depth options at the position. While it’s unreasonable to expect a team to have a deep pool of starting-caliber receivers, it’s not unreasonable to expect a team to have a semblance of depth that goes beyond street free agents and other teams’ rejects.

Luckily, the Titans are loaded with picks heading into the 2021 NFL Draft. Tennessee, barring any trades, will get to make eight picks, four of which will come in the first three rounds.

The team would be wise to spend, perhaps, more than one of those picks, in addition to some free agency money, on pass catchers.

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