Four Players to Watch as Tennessee Titans Training Camp Begins
By Luke Worsham
4. WIDE RECEIVER Eric Decker
The Titans drafted Corey Davis with the hope that he will develop into a star receiver and provide Marcus Mariota with a deep threat. Rishard Matthews will continue to be a threat in the red-zone and on intermediate routes. As for the Titans’ #3 receiver, Eric Decker, his role is somewhat unknown.
When the Titans signed Decker last month, many assumed he would primarily play in the slot. He would undoubtedly be an effective option in that spot, but, in order for Decker’s potential to be maximized, he needs to be moved around. His size and sneaky athleticism will allow him to be successful on the outside as well.
Luckily for the Titans, all of the other four of their top five receivers (Davis, Matthews, Taywan Taylor, Tajaé Sharpe) have experience playing in the slot. Thus, Decker’s role will likely be much more complex than just “slot receiver.” Considering how picky Mularkey is with his receivers, he and offensive coordinator Terry Robiskie will surely use the savvy veteran in many different ways.
There are very few legitimate things you can learn about a team during the preseason and Training Camp, and the role of a receiver is one of them. It will be interesting to watch where Decker plays when the first-team takes reps in three-WR formations during camp. If Mularkey and Robiskie follow their custom, it will be in multiple places.