The Tennessee Titans will look to get wide receiver Taywan Taylor more involved in 2019.
The Tennessee Titans could be looking to get wide receiver Taywan Taylor the ball more in 2019.
Taylor had his best season as a pro in 2018, after he more than doubled his receptions and yards from his rookie season. Taylor went from 16 receptions for for 231 yards in 2017 to 73 receptions for 466 yards in 2018—and did so in three less games.
The team’s receivers coach, Rob Moore, made it clear the Titans want to get Taylor more looks in the passing game, as he relayed to Titans Online’s Jim Wyatt.
“I think Tay has done a solid job for us,” Moore said. “Honestly, I just think we need to give him more opportunities. Give him more opportunities to showcase what he can do and I think he’ll take advantage of his opportunities.”
Getting any Titans receiver more opportunities will be difficult this season. With the return of tight end Delanie Walker, as well as a loaded receiving corps. consisting of Corey Davis, and offseason additions Adam Humphries and second-round pick A.J. Brown, it will be a crowded receiver’s room.
Despite all of that, Taylor is determined to get better and is doing a lot to critique himself and see where he can get better.
“For myself, I want to get better at everything, from preparation to route running to catching the ball, to tucking the ball. Being precise with detail, releases. I have to keep getting better to be the best I can be.”
After two years in the league, Taylor has shown his potential, but now he has to put it altogether if he plans to make a more significant impact in 2019. After all, it’s going to be difficult to stand out with the kind of depth the Titans haven’t seen at the position in some time.
As currently constituted, the Titans will look to lean on their running game with backs Derrick Henry and Dion Lewis in order to open things up downfield. For the receivers, including Taylor, this should help give them more space to operate as the Titans attempt to improve on their 29th-ranked passing offense from a season ago.
And it looks as though Taylor might be a bigger part of the Titans’ attempt to improve through the air than we might have thought.