Wide Receiver A Crowded Spot
The wide receiver position has been a weakness for the Titans in past seasons, that isn’t the case entering the 2017 season.
Rishard Matthews lead the team in receiving in 2016 returns along with Tajae Sharpe, Harry Douglas and Tre McBride III.
Gone is former first round pick Kendall Wright. Enter rookies Corey Davis and Taywon Taylor along with veteran free agents Eric Decker and Eric Weems. Darius Jennings, Jonathan Krause, KeVonn Mabon, Mekale McKay, and Pascascio Giovanni are also on the roster.
All together that’s 13 players who will compete for six to seven spots on the active roster.
Starter-Rishard Matthews: Entering his second season with the Titans, Matthews and quarterback Marcus Mariota developed a comfortable relationship last season. It should continue in 2017. Matthews posted 65 receptions for 945 yards and 9 touchdowns last season.
Starter- Eric Decker: Coming off an injury shortened season, Decker signed with the Titans as a free agent and should immediately step into a starting role. He will have to earn the starters role and will compete with Taylor for snaps in the slot.
Starter- Corey Davis: The rookie first round pick will find himself a starter in the three wide sets early on, but will not be forced to be the top play maker immediately because of the other veteran starters.
Tajae Sharpe has off field issues, still it’s hard to envision him not making this roster barring criminal charges being filed against him.
Taywon Taylor has been impressive this far in his young career and is a lock for a spot.
The final spot then comes down to a battle between former Falcons teammates Douglas and Weems.
Signed as a free agent this off season, Weems is an accomplished return man with little upside as a receiver. Douglas is closer to the end of his career than the beginning, but is a veteran leader in the receiver room. Decker could certainly fill the veteran leader role, but coaches love that part of Douglas’ game.
The addition of Adoree’ Jackson, who has tremendous speed and return ability make Weems expendable.
Harry Douglas gets the final spot because of his ability as a receiver compared to Weems.
Weems and McBride find themselves on the outside based on the numbers and who the Titans have to fill other roles.
Should the Titans decide to keep seven receivers, Weems would be that player.
The other receivers have a chance to impress in camp and find a place on the practice squad.