Titans Wide Receiver Unit is Growing


Over the last few seasons, one of the most glaring weak spots of the Titans roster have been at the wide receiver position. The Titans have talent, but consistency has been the issue. High pick Justin Hunter has shown flashes, while Kendall Wright has had games where he goes over the 100 mark and the next outing he’s fighting for three receptions.

A lot of us Titans fans live by the old adage, “Don’t expect much and much will be given”, because the second we expect it, it will not hold true.

I can tell you this year the Titans will be notably better on the outside. The addition of wide receiver Rishard Matthews is huge. Matthews joins a promising group of Kendall Wright, Dorial Green-Beckham, Delanie Walker, and a possible receiver added in the draft.

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Wright and Matthews will line up on each end while Delanie Walker will have his hand on the ground the majority of the time. Wright, 5″10″ and Matthews 6’0″ do not have the prototypical size but possess great quickness and hand techniques. Both players have shown the ability to get around corners outside the hashes.

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In match ups with big, physical corners such as Vontae Davis and Richard Sherman, offensive coordinator Terry Robiske can change the lineup. Either Matthews or Wright can slide in while Dorial Green Beckham can lineup outside. The huge Beckham, 6’5″ showed his ability to go get the ball over any one in the SEC. Green-Beckham demonstrated that ability on the NFL level with a few amazing plays as a rookie. His lack of off the field problems is a great sign and the Titans are expecting growth from the ultra talented receiver.

Delanie Walker had a monster year in 2015, surpassing the 1,000 yard mark for the first time in his career. Walker may not put up the same kind of stats in 2016 because of possibly more help.

That leaves the Titans and general manager Jon Robinson the opportunity to draft a receiver.

Mike Mayock, Draft Expert for NFL Network ranked the top wide receiver for 2016 on NFL.com:

1. Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss
2. Corey Coleman, Baylor
3. Michael Thomas, Ohio State
4. Josh Doctson, TCU
5. Will Fuller, Notre Dame

Laquon Treadwell will most likely be taken within the first 15 picks, although the rest of the top five players on the board are labeled with uncertainty. Coleman, Thomas, and Doctson have been projected to fall in the mid teens to all the way back to the early part of the second round.

The Titans have many holes but should consider jumping on a wide receiver in a year where the position is deep and they can find a first round talent in the second or third round.

Josh Doctson from TCU and Michael Thomas from Ohio State are big receivers that can go get the ball anywhere in the vicinity. Doctson especially jumps out on tape when watching him in live game form.

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Fuller from Notre Dame was explosive for the Fighting Irish, making a habit of making big catches and was a phenomenal deep threat. The last on the list is Corey Coleman. Absolutely unstoppable could be the word to describe how the receiver performed in Art Briles hurry up offense. For instance, Coleman caught 16 touchdowns through his first six games in 2015! Coleman is the fastest player of the group but does not bring the size the others have.

Coleman is an intriguing prospect but be weary, the Titans already have two similar receivers in stature in speed with Kendall Wright and Rishard Matthews. A big play maker on the outside that can go jump over a corner or safety to snatch a lofty fade from Marcus Mariota may be the perfect balance.