WR1: Derrick Mason (2003)
Stats: 95 receptions, 1,303 yards rec., 9 TDs
Total points: 280.4
You have to call it like you see it and when the QB1 season was so uninspiring, you can imagine that it is going to be hard to have a truly elite year from the receiver position.
If it had to be anyone it makes sense that it was Mason, who owns half of the 1,000 yard receiving seasons in Titans history (4 of 8).
It surprises me a little bit that Mason is the WR1 in franchise history thanks to the 2003 season, but Steve McNair didn’t end up winning the QB1 battle with Marcus Mariota despite winning the MVP that same season.
For those that don’t know why Derrick Mason is such an interesting/heart breaking story, let me run through it with you.
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Mason was a 4th round steal by the Titans in the 1997 NFL Draft (aka the first draft in Titans history), and the idea was to use him primarily as a kick returner. And that is exactly what they did for three years until they finally gave him a real chance on offense.
In his first year as a starter he made the Pro Bowl (alright, most of that was because of his special teams acumen). He followed that up with four straight 1,000 receiving seasons with the Titans and averaged 1,000 yards per season as a starter in Tennessee.
The year before Steve McNair was moved to the Baltimore Ravens, Mason departed for the AFC North rivals in free agency. In a matter of 12 months the Titans had let the most successful receiver in franchise history walk and traded their MVP quarterback for a 4th round pick.
It was the end of a fantastic career and just more gas for the raging inferno of hate that exists between the two AFC teams.
Anyway, let’s talk about one of the most surprising names on this list.