There is no doubt that the Tennessee Titans have a plethora of offensive weapons to choose from. In that group, there are two tight ends that need to be on the field at the same time.
The NFL is a passing league in 2017. With that, teams need to come up with more creative ways to integrate their personnel. The Tennessee Titans decided to stockpile offensive weapons in the offseason, but most of the pieces are unproven. There is one definite part of the offense that will make an impact on the roster next season and that is Delanie Walker. Walker has been a constant force for the Titans since he came to the team in 2013. As one of the best tight ends in the NFL, Walker will surely be an impact player in Nashville once again.
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The unknown factor in the tight end corps is Jonnu Smith. Smith was drafted in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft out of Florida International University. His draft profile on NFL.com claims that Smith has a ton of speed and can be closely compared to Delanie Walker in the NFL. Does this mean the Titans have two Delanie Walkers on the team now? Well, if that is the case they need to use both wisely. If you have two impact tight ends on the roster, you need to use them as much as possible.
Two Tight End Set
Many teams in the NFL incorporate a two tight end set into their offense. No team does it better than the New England Patriots. In their heyday, the Patriots had a 1-2 punch of Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez. Although it was a struggle to keep both on the field at the same time, when they were it was one of the most unstoppable offenses ever. More recently, the Patriots used that same style with Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett in 2016. They had similar issues of keeping the players on the field due to injury, but when it worked it really worked.
The Titans are essentially the Patriots of the south in some regards (do not get angry at this, its actually a good thing). General Manager Jon Robinson is out of the Patriots organization. There are plenty of players on the roster that also found success with the Patriots. Ideally, the Titans can channel their inner Patriot and bring in a two tight end set. This could create two strong pass catching tight ends in the middle of the field. That would be a tough matchup for any defense to deal with. It also would open up the wide receivers for single coverage in the passing game.