Wide receivers: D
The only reason the receivers aren’t getting the worst grade possible is because some of their struggles have to do with the quarterback, the guys upfront, and spacing, which is a play-calling issue. In total, not one Titans receiver has found the end zone yet, and an offensive lineman, David Quessenberry, has more touchdown receptions (one) than this group.
It’s kind of hard for Mariota to get it to his receivers when he’s almost getting killed on most plays, and when he does have time to throw, Mariota is either not seeing some of his wideouts or he’s missing them with throws. It also doesn’t help that receivers are getting bunched up, and that’s something that needs to be addressed by offensive coordinator Arthur Smith.
What you can put on the receivers is the fact that they’ve dropped several passes. With the struggles Mariota has had thus far, these receivers can’t be putting balls on the ground when he does get it their way.
Tight ends: B
The Titans have needed their tight ends to do a ton of blocking this season thanks to the offensive line. So far, they’ve done the best they can, but there simply is not enough this group can do to save the offensive front.
Delanie Walker is the Titans’ best pass-catcher on the entire team at the moment, as he leads the team in receptions (16), yards (168) and touchdowns (two). One can only imagine how much deeper in the weeds this passing attack would be if Walker wasn’t an option for Mariota.
Aside from Walker, the rest of the pass-catching tight ends have been quiet, with Jonnu Smith totaling 27 yards through three games and Anthony Firkser being non-existent. Walker is the straw that stirs the drink for this grade.