If the Tennessee Titans don’t sign a top wide receiver this off-season, it will send a signal to the fan base that they see a bright future for Taywan Taylor.
As of right now, the Titans’ top options at wide receiver are Corey Davis, Tajae Sharpe, Rishard Matthews and Taylor.
The Titans will definitely add a fifth wide receiver, but there’s a reasonable chance that Taylor will be among the team’s top four wide receivers next season.
And if that’s the case, what should we expect?
As a rookie in 2017, Taylor played in all 16 games, but he only received four starts.
In limited opportunities last season, Taylor caught 16 passes for 231 yards and one touchdown. But while the former Western Kentucky standout didn’t put up huge numbers, he managed to flash big play ability.
Against the Colts, in week six, Taylor caught a 53 yard bomb from Marcus Mariota. Taylor, who ran a beautiful route, was able to sprint past the defender, giving Mariota plenty of room to drop in a dime.
Those are the kinds of splash plays that new offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur is looking to bring to the Titans’ offense in 2018. Aside from Taylor, there really isn’t anyone else currently on the Titans’ roster that can make those types of plays on a consistent basis. Sharpe and Matthews both displayed pedestrian times in their 40 yard dash runs, while no one is quite sure what kind of straight line speed Corey Davis possesses.
Running fast, however, isn’t the only thing Taylor is good at doing.
During Taylor’s last two years at Western Kentucky, he racked up 184 receptions.
Davis, during that same time period, had 186 catches at Western Michigan.
I think Taylor is a lot better than what we saw of him in limited action last year. Like Davis, Taylor is an excellent route runner that knows how to switch up his speed. He’s not just a burner, he can keep cornerbacks guessing.
Even if the Titans add another wide receiver, I think they’d be wise to give Taylor more reps in 2018. He has the talent to be one of the better slot wide receivers the NFL, which would make him the perfect complement to Davis.
I could easily see Taylor ending up with around 40-45 catches for around 700 yards next season. Those wouldn’t be eye-popping numbers, but that would be a very solid season for the second year pro.
It might not seem like it based on last season, but the Titans could have a couple of franchise wide receivers in Corey Davis and Taywan Taylor.
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