There is good reason to think the Tennessee Titans might exercise the 5th year-option for Corey Davis.
Fans have been vocal saying that the Tennessee Titans should not pick up Corey Davis’ 5th-year option.
While it can be easy to see why people are tired of seeing Davis have middling numbers on a team that rarely passes the ball, this mediocrity may pay off under new CBA rules.
Let’s be realistic, while Corey Davis would for be missed in this offense, he has not lived up to the expectations of being a top-5 draft pick. There can be arguments made for both sides, but I believe that the Tennessee Titans should keep him, especially if the price is right.
Before I explain Corey Davis’ importance to the Titan’s offense, let’s see how much his option would cost.
Some might shy away from picking up Davis’ 5th-year option because a former 5th overall pick will be too expensive.
"Fifth-year options will now be fully guaranteed, however the salary a player gets will be determined by performance, as opposed to draft position."
If the salary for his option is based on performance, Davis might be well worth what it costs to keep him for an extra year. We won’t know though until we see a figure on what it will cost.
Talking about performance, we have to address how infrequently the Titans passed the ball period much less how many times they passed the ball to Corey Davis. In 2018, Davis recorded his highest number of targets by almost double (112). Now compare that number to what we saw in 2019 which was only 69 targets.
While this could be positive if 5th-year option salaries are based on production, the fact that the Titans haven’t found ways to get him more involved isn’t as much of an indictment on Davis as much as it is something that we should admonish the coaching staff for.
Where Corey Davis has always thrived, is by being one of the best run-blocking wide receivers in the NFL, and he is the best run-blocking receiver on the roster including tight ends.
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He has received lots of praise from teammates regarding his blocking ability. From Mike Vrabel to Derrick Henry, people haven’t let all of the effort, Davis puts into his run blocking skills go unnoticed.
So much so that when you watch games back you can see Davis line up as almost a tight end close to the line and block. While he occasionally releases, he does more than his fair share of the tough work and should be praised for that.
Yes, I know what the argument against all this is. At some point, potential has to translate into actual results. While we have seen some flashes of really good football from Davis, he hasn’t quite turned that corner yet.
You would want to see this improvement in Davis before his fourth year, but regardless, if he can prove himself this next season it would be hard to let him go.
With all the tools needed to be elite, here’s to hoping that Davis can use those tools to do just that. We are all expecting AJ Brown to be firing on all cylinders this season, and if Davis can reach his potential, it would be hard to let go of that young wide receiver tandem.
Corey Davis hasn’t been the receiver we all expected him to be, but if the price is right with the new CBA rules, then keeping him may not be all that bad. Davis provides a big athletic target and a powerful downfield, run-blocking presence.