The Receivers and Tight Ends
One of the biggest areas of need on offense for the Titans was the receiving corps. General manager Jon Robinson came through in bringing in some much-needed help for his quarterback.
Along with a blossoming talent in No. 1 receiver Corey Davis (891 YDS, 4 TD), Robinson added slot specialist Adam Humphries (816 YDS, 5 TD) in free agency and drafted Ole Miss stud A.J. Brown (1,320 YDS, 6 TD).
While he is somewhat of a wild card in his rookie season, Brown possesses big-play ability, whether that be on deep balls or in the short passing game. At best, Brown will most likely be relied upon as the No. 3 option as far as Titans receivers go. That’s a pretty darn good third option.
Behind Brown, Tennessee will have a pair of more experienced pass-catchers in Tajae Sharpe and Taywan Taylor, both of whom have shown flashes in their careers. Those are your fourth and fifth options among the receivers.
Again, not a bad compliment of wideouts to bring up the rear of this group. The more you look at it, the more you realize the Titans are deep at the position and Mariota will have the best receiving unit of his career.
The Tight Ends
Was anyone more sorely missed than Delanie Walker last season? It’s hard to argue against that considering he has been Mariota’s No. 1 option for the young quarterback’s entire career.
Walker will return in 2019 and along with him a veteran presence that produced 800 yards or more in the previous four seasons before suffering a season-ending injury in Week 1 of 2018. Not only does Walker bring his elite talent on a down-by-down basis, he also adds an incredibly important target in the red zone.
Behind Walker, the Titans have Jonnu Smith, who at worst can be seen as somewhat of an insurance policy behind the soon-to-be 35-year-old tight end. Smith has another year of experience under his belt and is yet another option in the passing game. As a secondary tight end, Smith has the ability to create matchup nightmares for opposing defenses.
When you add it all up between the receivers and tight ends, the Titans are stacked with pass-catchers.