Tennessee Titans taking Tajae Sharpe off PUP is the wrong move


The Tennessee Titans just made the wrong move.

I think Tajae Sharpe is a very good receiver and the Tennessee Titans are lucky to have him.

In most offenses, you could get by with him being your third or even second wide receiver depending on who your top guy was.

However, that doesn’t change the fact that taking him off the PUP list was the wrong decision.

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What is the PUP?

For those that don’t know, the PUP list allows you to keep players who were hurt in camp on your roster without them costing a spot on the 53-man roster.

This allows them a chance to heal without putting them on IR. It also allows you to check where they are at in their recovery and it prevents them being rushed back.

Essentially it is a loophole that lets you keep a player on your active roster for 6-weeks while you let another one heal.

Why was it wrong to take Tajae Sharpe off PUP.

Sharpe isn’t a rookie anymore and he showed last year that he can quickly build chemistry with QB Marcus Mariota.

The way that this roster is constructed, Sharpe is either the WR4 or WR5 depending on how you see Taywan Taylor.

The big issue is that the Titans have 8 wide receivers that should make this roster based on talent:

1. Corey Davis

2. Rishard Matthews

3. Eric Decker

4. Taywan Taylor

5. Tajae Sharpe

6. Harry Douglas

7. Tre McBride

8. Eric Weems (for special teams reasons)

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  • Keeping Tajae Sharpe on the PUP list would have allowed the Titans to keep all of those players with only 7 being counted towards the active roster.

    I hate the idea of injuries, but you never know when they could happen. Taking 7 wide receivers into the seasons seems wild, but you can count Tre McBride and Eric Weems as special teams players.

    Guys like Kalan Reed and Curtis Riley could make the team as both CB and S depth, which would open up more spots on the roster.

    Now, you have to cut one of the bottom guys and I bet it comes down to Douglas or McBride based on how frequently they use Weems.

    Douglas is well respected in the locker room and everyone from coaches to players love him. He has done well in the preseason and he is about as experienced and talented as a WR6 ever gets.

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    McBride on the other hand is younger and offers more on special teams. He could be seen as a long term investment that could become what Weems is on special teams, but with more upside as an actual receiver.

    At this point, the Titans have forced themselves into choosing a side. Either one of those players would probably be a WR3/4 for a team like Baltimore, Buffalo, the Rams, the Jets, or a few other teams.

    Unless there is a trade in the works somewhere on that depth chart, the Tennessee Titans may have made a mistake. Not because Tajae Sharpe isn’t good, but because they gave up their roster flexibility.