Tennessee Titans: 3 key matchups vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
By John Lowell
1. Corey Davis vs. Jalen Ramsey
Titans fans will have to withstand another game against Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey. Despite trade rumors that would send the adversarial defensive back out of northeast Florida, it seems the most likely scenario is that Ramsey will be dealt on Friday, after the Thursday night matchup.
Where he goes, no one knows, but the Titans will have to scheme to beat the All-Pro cornerback once more.
Ramsey shadows WR1s, and is one of the best shutdown CBs in the league, allowing a career 74.9 passer rating when targeted. This means wide receiver Corey Davis could be taken entirely out of this game. In the two games that Davis faced Ramsey in 2018, he combined for 55 yards on 4 catches with 0 touchdowns.
Davis has shown the talent and knack for beating premier cornerbacks. In Week 10 of last year, Davis was shadowed by New England Patriots CB Stephon Gilmore, and he had a day. Davis was open for business, tallying 125 yards on 7 catches and a touchdown.
All this to say, he’s not incapable of beating Ramsey. The question will be, will Titans’ quarterback Marcus Mariota throw the ball Davis’ way with Ramsey lurking?
If Davis is taken out of play, the Titans will need to look to other options in their aerial attack. Wide receiver Tajae Sharpe continues to out snap fellow WRs Adam Humphries and A.J. Brown, raising my cholesterol level.
The Titans’ brass brought in the two new shiny toys for a reason. Use them.