NASHVILLE — When the Tennessee Titans make a decision on the fifth-year option of wide receiver Corey Davis, more than just his production and fit will come into play.
GM Jon Robinson will have to consider the former No. 5 pick’s injury history.
Running back Derrick Henry joined the latest episode of the Bussin’ With The Boys podcast on Monday to discuss a variety of topics about Tennessee’s spectacular season, including the 28-12 Divisional Round upset of the top-seeded Baltimore Ravens this January. Henry threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Davis in the third quarter to break open a lead on what was the Western Michigan product’s 25th birthday.
“If I didn’t complete that pass, do you know how bad I would have felt,” joked Henry of his Tebow-esque jump pass. “Look how wide open Marcus (Mariota) was!”
But it was Davis who hauled in the score that put the Titans up 21-6 in Baltimore. Apparently, Davis made it look much easier than it must have been.
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“CD (Corey Davis), shoutout,” said left tackle Taylor Lewan amidst he and Henry praising offensive coordinator Arthur smith and their Tennessee teammates. “For those of you who do not know, Corey Davis had a turf toe early in the year. I mean, he’s not the hero we deserve but he’s the he’s the hero we got working through that turf toe.”
While Davis’ turf toe was never listed on a 2019 injury report with that injury, he was scratched for the team’s Week 10 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs (hip). Players deal with injuries they conceal all the time but, with Davis, there must be extra consideration given to how much that played a role in his 2019 campaign.
Davis broke out in Year 2 for almost 900 yards but finished the regular season with just over 600 through the air and two scores. A quarterback change in Week 6 must factor in, as there was a clear connection between Davis and Marcus Mariota that had been developed. But his best effort was a 91-yards and a touchdown against the Falcons in Week 4 at the very start of Atlanta’s struggles.
It certainly makes the case for Davis more complicated.
The 6’3″, 209-pound wideout has had moments of brilliance over the course of his three-year career and is often involved in blocking up some of running back Derrick Henry’s biggest chunk plays. The numbers are not gaudy (142 catches, 1,867 yards, 6 regular season TDs) but there have been several catches made in huge spots in upsets over Philadelphia, New England and that Ravens road win that sent Tennessee to this year’s AFC Championship game.
Statistically, Davis is a standard starting NFL wide receiver to the disappointment of many. Fair or unfair, the numbers will always play a part in the conversations around a player drafted so high. Injuries may be held against him, too. Davis missed the entirety of his rookie training camp and preseason with a hamstring injury that also caused him to miss five games between Weeks 3 and 7.
What Davis has been, though, is available in his second and third years. Outside of that stretch in his first campaign, Davis has played in 47 of a possible 53 regular season and postseason games.
And, when called upon, he elevates the Titans.
Robinson’s decision on both Davis and fellow 2017 first-round pick Adoree’ Jackson’s fifth-year options does not need to be made until May 30, 2020 but it is unlikely that Davis’ will be. The situation mirrors that of Jack Conklin, who will be one of Tennessee’s unrestricted free agents this offseason. The right tackle rebounded after the Titans declined his rookie option after two injury-plagued years and now he will receive top-of-market money.
What Davis possesses is outstanding potential. Robinson’s task will be to decide exactly how much the hope trafficking is worth.
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