Following the departure of Tajaé Sharpe in free agency, the Tennessee Titans have a need at wide receiver.
Though Sharpe, who signed a one-year contract with the Minnesota Vikings on Wednesday, was never anything incredibly special for the Titans, he gave them a lot of value.
He was generally effective from the slot, he has great hands and was a reliable third-down target throughout the 2019 season for QB Ryan Tannehill.
While the Titans are set in terms of their starters at receiver, losing Sharpe creates a lack of depth that the team will have to address.
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In 2019, then-rookie A.J. Brown emerged as a big-time receiving threat for the Titans, eclipsing the 1,000-yard mark and finishing as runner-up for AP’s Offensive Rookie of the Year award.
Adam Humphries and Corey Davis are potent threats, as well. Humphries catches everything thrown his way and finds creative ways to get open in the slot, while Corey Davis can use his impressive combination of size and speed to make big plays.
Behind those three players, though, things are grim for the Titans at wide receiver.
Cameron Batson, Rashard Davis, Cody Hollister, Kalif Raymond and Trevion Thompson are the players behind the starting trio on the Titans’ depth chart.
If the Titans were to fail to add another capable receiver to the group before the season, that would mean four-receiver sets would feature one of those players.
A majority of those players have value in some way. Raymond showed in 2019 that he can stretch the field with his speed from time to time. Batson, similarly, is very fast and has shown special teams acumen. Hollister made the team’s active roster by the end of 2019.
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However, none of them are near to the point of being reliable enough to handle the job of being the Titans’ fourth receiver.
The players on that list are better suited for being the fifth or sixth receiver.
Whether it be through the remainder of free agency or in April’s draft, the Titans will need to make a move to improve their receiver depth.
Not doing so would create a problem if one of their starters were to ever need a rest, and it could create a catastrophe if one of the starters became injured.
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