Pardon my alliteration, but this is something that has been talked about a lot on the NFL.com website and I think it is time someone close to the Tennessee Titans spoke up about it.
If you click on the link, you can see that Dave Dameshek gives his takes on which teams has the best combination of quarterback, wide receiver, and running back in the league.
Obviously his hometown Pittsburgh Steelers are at the top of the list, and rightfully so. Le’veon Bell is probably the best running back in the league right now, and you could make a case for Antonio Brown being the most talented, versatile receiver in the league.
Unlike other people, I don’t really fawn over Ben Roethlisberger and I think you could make a case that Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Cam Newton, Drew Brees, and even Russell Wilson are doing more with less talent around.
My Steelers rant aside, the Tennessee Titans end up as the 31st team on the least (which seems to be a common theme) and I don’t really agree with that.
Quarterback: Marcus Mariota
While we haven’t seen any snaps from him, you never hear a negative report on the rookie quarterback. On the field he is making great strides and eating up the playbook. People talk up his accuracy and athleticism, and he is praised by teammates.
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Off the field, the Tennessee Titans first round draft pick is personable in interviews and is coming off as an honest guy who is ready to go about his work. He is clearly studying or he wouldn’t be progressing, at he looks like he is all in with his new team.
It is hard to imagine that with all of those traits, he will be worse than Blake Bortles, Robert Griffin III, Geno Smith, Ryan Mallett, and whoever the Buffalo Bills trot out. I have a hard time seeing him ending up in the bottom half of the league and think at worst his decision making and athleticism will make him a middling quarterback in year one.
Running back: Bishop Sankey
The problem isn’t with the ranking of Bishop Sankey, it is with the thought that he will be the Tennessee Titans best running back. With Kendall Wright and Dorial Green-Beckham likely taking over screen duties on the outside, it makes sense that the Tennessee Titans would want a bigger back in the game.
While Jalston Fowler will get a lot of playing time this year, I think the name on everyone’s lips should be David Cobb. He is a strong interior runner that will make money when defenders are spread out to prevent plays on the outside.
Cobb, not Bishop Sankey will be the Tennessee Titans best ball carrier this year, and he will be doing so behind an offensive line that is finally healthy (and Michael Oher free). The offensive line has also been bolstered by two talented run blockers in Andy Gallik and Jeremiah Poutasi who will be pushing for starting time.
Wide Receiver: Kendall Wright
Don’t get me wrong, Kendall Wright is a very good receiver that could be a 1,000+ yard receiver annually now that Marcus Mariota is here. However, the guy that should be on this list is Dorial Green-Beckham.
Dorial Green-Beckham is everything that the Tennessee Titans offense needs right now.
-He is a massive target at 6’5″.
-While huge, he can also go up and out leap everyone in front of him.
-He wins the “big game” (as I said above) and the small game, which means making defenders miss in the open field.
-He is used to his team making adjustments with him and calling quick passes and screens when defenders play off of him to prevent giving up big plays.
-I believe the last think he talked about was hooking up with Marcus Mariota during this dead period and building chemistry.
I believe will be a big impact player in year one, and he will fill the void that the Tennessee Titans have had for a decade. With him at the #1 spot, Harry Douglas at the #2, Kendall Wright inside, Delanie Walker at tight end, and Justin Hunter coming in to provide matchup problems, this tandem of receivers should suck defenders out of the middle and spread out the defense. With that, boxes should have less people which will enable the Tennessee Titans to run inside or use Marcus Mariota’s legs on bootlegs and options.
I think this group is much better than people are giving them credit for, but the only way for a two-win team to earn respect is to go out there and win games. So it will be interesting to see whose opinion was right at the end of the season, and if either one of us picked the right three guys to represent as “triplets” for the Tennessee Titans.