Second-year wide receiver Tajae Sharpe is officially off the PUP list.
The Tennessee Titans announced today that second-year wide receiver Tajae Sharpe has been activated and taken off from the Physically Unable to Perform list. After nursing a foot injury that required surgery in June, Sharpe will return to the wide receiver fold.
A starter in 10 games last season, Sharpe played in all 16 games during his rookie year and caught 41 passes for 522 yards and two touchdowns. A preseason star last August, Sharpe’s rookie season inevitably left something to be desired. Considering he was a fifth-round pick pigeonholed into a starting role, his expectations were always going to be too high.
With a year under his belt, a better sophomore campaign was on the horizon, but things have changed dramatically. Sharpe comes back to a blatantly different situation at his position. Over the offseason, the Titans added three new receivers; four if you consider Eric Weems to be more than just a special teams guy.
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As of this moment, the top four players at the receiver position appear to be set. Corey Davis, Rishard Matthews, Eric Decker and Taywan Taylor seem to be locked in as the primary targets. Then comes Harry Douglas, who the coaches love and is going to be a contributor in some capacity this season. That leaves Sharpe as either the fifth (ahead of Douglas) or sixth option. Not working in Sharpe’s favor is his lack of special teams acumen, which makes Weems and even Tre McBride better options as the sixth receiver.
The Titans could opt to keep seven receivers, which would allow Sharpe to make the team as the fifth option, with Weems/McBride, Douglas and maybe Taylor contributing on special teams, which is expected of receivers lower on the depth chart.
Just a year removed from sporting a talent-barren wide receiver corps, the Titans have an embarrassment of riches at the position. Sharpe is in a real battle for a roster spot, and he must play well in these last two preseason games to ensure his Titans career continues.