Heading into the NFL Draft, I expected the Tennessee Titans to address defensive back and wide receiver early.
Instead, they spent five of their eight picks on defense and did not address the receiver position until day three.
As frustrating as that might have been, you can’t complain. The one thing Tennessee Titans fans were asking for all of 2020 is to fix the defense. Robinson did that in the draft and free agency.
Now, the defense is looking pretty much brand new.
The #Titans have totally overhauled their horrific defense. Every green dot is a new starter in 2021. Impressive work by Robinson.
He hated what he saw in 2020, and he did something about it. pic.twitter.com/BQwNMFVxO5
— Luke Worsham (@luke_worsham) May 1, 2021
Jon Robinson did as you requested, overhauled that porous Tennessee Titans defense. But it seems he did it at the expense of the offense.
The Titans did trade up for wide receiver Dez Fitzpatrick, but he doesn’t seem like the stud wide receiver we were all expecting the Titans to target.
Now, before I say what I am about to say, I want to note that Jon Robinson did allude that the team may not be done adding new players.
.@Titans GM Jon Robinson on if team will restructure deals to add more space, and players: We’re working through some things, and it could give us more room
— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) May 1, 2021
However, when looking at Robinson’s draft strategy, I detected a few hidden messages.
One is they believe in Josh Reynolds, and if I am honest, they have legitimate reasons to. As a slot receiver in a studded Rams offense, Reynolds has had two seasons with 400+ yards.
He’s coming off his best season with 618 yards on a career-high 52 receptions. Those numbers aren’t world-breaking but need I remind you, he wasn’t their first or second receiver.
Even if they do believe in Reynolds, they may be adding another receiver to the team. There are still some quality receivers out there, including former Ryan Tannehill teammate Kenny Stills.
There’s also the fantasy of the Tennessee Titans trading for Julio Jones. Although I believe this will not happen, you can’t ignore the possibility especially after Jon Robinson declined to comment.
Robinson asked if the #Titans have contacted the Falcons about Julio Jones: “No comment.”
— AtoZSports Nashville (@AtoZSports) May 1, 2021
The last message is the Titans might be adding a tight end. The team did not draft a tight end at all during the NFL Draft. They did sign a few undrafted free agents at the position.
We know the Tennessee Titans love Anthony Firkser, but it seems like a significant risk leaving the wide receiver and tight end position in the hands of two guys who need to have career years to give the Titans what it needs on offense.
Perhaps the Titans feel a better defense, and a slightly regressed offense is enough to get them to the big dance. I mean, you still have A.J. Brown, Ryan Tannehill, and Derrick Henry, one of the best trios in the NFL.
We will see how their plan unfolds for the remainder of the season. A trade for Zach Ertz or Julio Jones would be exciting, but don’t be shocked if they don’t go big and bank on Reynolds and Firkser.
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