Tennessee Titans: Dorial Green-Beckham must grow up quick
By P. L. Colter
When the Tennessee Titans selected wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham in the second round of this year’s draft, the thought was to bring the raw kid with tremendous upside along slowly.
The Titans stuck to their plan. Green-Beckham entered the season fourth on the depth chart behind Kendall Wright, Harry Douglas, and Justin Hunter. His 26 targets are tied for sixth-best on the team, and his 12 receptions rank 7th.
Green-Beckham missed all of last season due to NCAA sanctions, and most of the offseason nursing an injury. As a result, he is noticeably limited in the playbook, often residing to the role of red zone target.
But a slew of injuries to an already thin position speeds up the clock, and the Titans are forced to take the training wheels off….whether he is ready or not.
The raw kid with tremendous upside must now grow up quick.
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Number one receiver Kendall Wright is nursing a knee injury, and his services this week are again highly doubtful. Justin Hunter, Wright’s replacement, is out for the year following ankle surgery today. Tennessee will kick the tires on a few free agents, and may even give Tre McBride, this year’s seventh round pick, a look this week.
But the heavy lifting will need to be done by Green-Beckham.
DGB had his best game two weeks ago, hauling in five catches for 77 yards in Tennessee’s overtime win over the Saints. He was targeted a career-high ten times.
Green-Beckham had arguably his worst game yesterday, and his lazy rout running left interim coach Mike Mularkey less than impressed in his post game press conference.
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With a short week to prepare, expect the Jaguars to mirror Carolina’s defensive approach, by stuffing the run and forcing the Titans to become one dimensional.
DGB should see his fair share of man coverage, and has to win those match ups. His 15 yard per catch average puts the long ball threat in play.
In fairness to Green-Beckham, he hasn’t seen the field enough this season to show what he can really do. As disappointing as his start has been, DGB can rewrite his own script starting Thursday night…
In a starring role, on national television.