Titans Need to Make Better Use of Receivers


One of 5 catches Hawkins made during the 2012 season after signing a new contract. Credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

The Tennessee Titans had one of the most offensively disappointing seasons in a long time during the 2012 campaign. A mixture of poor playcalling, an overly complex system, and injuries had the Titans performing at what was close to an all-time low.

Another year of similar will performances will cost the coaching staff their jobs. Let’s take a look at the rather upsetting numbers produced by Titans receivers in 2012, courtesy of NFL.com.

One of the many disappointing circumstances revolves around Lavelle Hawkins who received a 3-year, $7.2 million dollar contract just before the 2012 season started. Considering the fact that the Titans got him the ball as many times as Michael Preston, the WR they promoted from the practice squad for the last few games of the season.

As an outsider, it’s hard to say how much of it is the coaches fault and how much of it is the players not fully committing themselves fully; so I’ll continue to look at things as an outsider.

Even looking past the complete waste of money invested in a receiver the Titans failed to use, all the other receivers, save for the ever awesome Nate Washington, suffered horrible averages per catch.

The Titans haven’t ever had a legendary passing game, but with the talent they have on the roster right now, these numbers should be much better. It’s all in the hands of new offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains and new wide receivers coach Shawn Jefferson now. They’ll be tasked with getting the most out of these guys and setting up a passing game that works to Locker’s strengths and puts the playmakers in the position to make plays.

If nothing else, you have to be hoping Britt goes all out in his contract year. It’s not likely the Titans bring him back either way but it obviously it works in both their favors if he performs well.

It’s all there, the Titans just have to figure out how to use it. Hope Loggains has a solid plan taking shape.

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