Oct 8, 2011; Waco, TX, USA; Baylor Bears wide receiver Kendall Wright (1) stretches for a first down against the Iowa State Cyclones during the first quarter at Floyd Casey Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-US PRESSWIRE

Kendall Wright will help CJ more than DeCastro


 

This was definitely a surprising draft, DeCastro was waiting for us at #20 to boost our interior offensive line and Webster decided to pass on him.

I was shocked.

I saw DeCastro as a perfect and permanent solution for our interior offensive line problems. He has the potential to be a Pro Bowler for the next 10-12 seasons; he is all you look for in a NFL guard. Also, as many of us thought, drafting Kendall Wright was not a top priority for the Titans and for some others it was a reach and there were good value WRs in the second or third round.

I couldn’t stop thinking about how our offensive line would have been with DeCastro and Konz plugged in with the best pair of tackles in the league, Roos and Stewart, and an experienced and smart Pro Bowler like Hutchinson.

Now the draft is gone and I’m starting to like this pick, specially when I think as a defensive coordinator facing the Titans.

So you line up your defense and your priority is to defend CJ, you know he can hit a home run from any point of the field. Your first guess would be to put 8 men in the box to stop the running game and bottle up CJ. This will mean you have 1 safety and 2 corners to cover Titan’s wide outs. No defensive coordinator will take the risk to cover Britt man to man the whole game. For me, a healthy Kenny Britt is definitely in the mix for being a top 10 WR in the league; he will destroy you if you decide to cover him man to man, and so the remaining safety will have to help with long routes.

In the other side of the field you have Kendall Wright lined up and he is facing single coverage. Bad idea, this guy could be defined by the word “separation”, he is a lot faster than a 4.6 second in the 40 yard dash, he is a playmaker that makes people miss and he will be a constant threat in the deep ball. He will stretch the field in a way the Titans haven’t seen since Derrick Mason left and this means more free space for CJ to get back to CJ2K mode. Are you sure you want to cover him man to man the whole game?

And there is even more, now add Jared Cook to the equation and there is no way you send a linebacker to cover him all over the field. The “Cookie” is a mismatch to any linebacker in the league; he is just faster, taller and his athletic ability is in another level. So you will definitely need safety help or even a cornerback help.

If that is not enough reason to be scared, let Washington line up wide and put Wright in the slot. Nate comes from his first 1,000 yards season and he proved to be tough, fast and dependable. He can stretch the field too and open up some more gaps for Chris Johnson.

Bottom-line, the happiest Titan should be Chris Johnson, he will not face 8 men in the box. He will have more space to run as the season develops and teams realize you can’t stop this receiving corp. with single coverage. But if any team takes the risk of doing that, Hasselbeck or Locker would be pleased to pass for more than 300 yards in that game.
So now the questions defensive coordinators have to ask themselves when game planning are:

Do I prefer to get rushed all over by CJ? Be burnt by Wright’s speed? Be crushed by Britt’s strength? Or be shocked by Cook’s athleticism?

There may not even be a right answer.

I know, we may have finally found a scary offense.

 

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Tags: Chris Johnson CJ Jared Cook Kendall Wright Kenny Britt Nate Washington Titans

  • rickyandmaria20

    Oh yes plus add Damian Williams and hawkins to the mix. let me tell you what though mariani could end up a ram

  • rickyandmaria20

    Mariani needs to step it up in preseason for the titans to even consider going with more wrs than last year.

  • rickyandmaria20

    For Mariani case though we could put him on kr/pr on our dept chart and might be ok. Titans might keep more WR than id they decide than want a extra wr on roster. Hawkins and williams could be kr or pr for us if titans release mariani

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  • Brian Gray

    I can’t wait till preseason

  • NJTitansFan58

    Dont forget if Locker starts the season hes also a dual threat

  • Titan Sized on Fansided

    I’m so pumped for it.

  • Drake

    When the Titans selected Kendall Wright, I automatically thought of the possible points we could and will score.

  • NJTitansFan58

    We should try to sign Jeff Faine to be our center and i like Leroy Harris at the other guard opposite Hutchinson, then our offense would be a monster to go along with the best young linebacking core in the NFL, a revamped d-line that i think Wimbley and Morgan can get double digit sacks, and an up and coming secondary that i think got the steal of the draft in Markelle Martin. Texans aint winning the division.

  • JasonPeters

    My reaction was more or less the same. I’ve definitely grown comfortable with the idea, and am excited to see what they do out there next season on offense.

  • dragak1981

    CJ’s problem was not 8 men in the box…it was 2 in the backfield when he got the ball….
     
    I do like the pick though and our offense has the potential to be scary good…

  • albertogonzalez

    @NJTitansFan58 Totally agree on signing Jeff Faine, he is not as dominant as he was once but for me he is an instant upgrade. Watching Amano wwas painful

  • http://www.blackandteal.com/ LukeNSims

     @rickyandmaria20 It may be that I’m a Montana grad, but Mariani has some good tools that the coaches may prefer.  Nobody likes keeping a solely special teams player on the roster, but I think Mariani’s proven (at least during his rookie season) that he has some ability that teams have to at least somewhat respect.