Competition over the middle
Not only does Adam Humphries have to deal with fewer targets, he’ll also have competition over the middle of the field for targets.
Tight end Delanie Walker, who missed all but one game in 2018, will make his healthy return to the field this season. Walker has been the most trusted target of Marcus Mariota during his career and is still one of the best tight ends in the NFL.
Walker runs a ton of routes over the middle of the field, which is where Humphries thrives. And, with two dangerous pass-catchers running around in the middle, defenses could focus their efforts in that area.
If the Mariota-Walker connection is as strong as its always been — the pair connected for a touchdown in the Titans’ second preseason game — Walker will eat away at Humphries’ opportunities.
If having Walker around wasn’t bad enough, Humphries will have even more competition for targets all over the field, as this Titans receiving corps. is deeper than the franchise has seen in many years, and quite possibly ever.
With No. 1 wideout Corey Davis on the outside, and with the addition of 2019 second-round pick, A.J. Brown, there will be plenty of mouths for Mariota to feed.