Tennessee had arguably their most explosive offense in franchise history and their reason to believe this was only the beginning.
For whatever reason, there is a lot of skepticism regarding the Titans’ 2020 potential coming from the national media. And at times, you can’t even blame them when there are people within this own fan-base that choose to trash this team any chance they get.
Those fans have clearly been scarred by failed expectations in the past, however, those same skeptics need to understand that the only thing that correlates those underachieving teams in the past to this 2020 Tennessee Titans squad, is the logo on the helmet.
After having one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL last season, the Titans return 10/11 starters on offense. The sole loss was to Jack Conklin who earned the right to maximize his value down in Cleveland. The Titans instead opted to run it back with fan favorite, Dennis Kelly for a much more cap-friendly price tag.
The former Purdue Boilermaker has often been the preferred choice at the Right Tackle position within this fan-base over the last couple of years prior to Conklin resurrecting his career in 2019. Unfortunately only time will tell if Kelly will be ready to take that next step in his career from great swing tackle, to legitimate Right Tackle on a full-time basis.
Coming off a season in which the Titans were two quarters away from the Super Bowl, Titans GM Jon Robinson didn’t leave that to chance with the selection of the massive Right Tackle from the University of Georgia, Isaiah Wilson in the first round.
The talented rookie will undoubtedly provide competition for the starting Right tackle position in 2020. Drafting Wilson also ensures that Tennessee continues to have first round bookend tackles for the foreseeable future, while the re-signing of Dennis Kelly provides the security of not forcing the Georgia product into the lineup before he is truly ready. J-Rob showed a commitment to not let the inevitable loss of Conklin, cripple the most explosive Titans offense in recent memory by having two viable and logical replacements on deck going into the new season.
Regardless of which talented player is starting come the fall, this offense is undoubtedly ready to explode in 2020 now that Ryan Tannehill will get an entire training camp knowing he is the guy and won’t be forced to wait seven weeks in order to come to dig the team out of a 2-4 hole.
Titans’ superstar running back Derrick Henry will also have a legitimate passing threat right out the gate and could be in for his most monstrous season yet. Something that is a scary thought in its own right.
That statement definitely is not a reach either. Since the man known as ‘El Tractorcito’ had his breakout game against the Jacksonville Jaguars back in November 2018, the former Heisman winner has rushed for 2,571 yards and 25 rushing touchdowns in his last 22 games. An absolutely ridiculous total considering those are solely his ground numbers.
However, there is one player on this Titans offense that I think is going to elevate his game from being talked about as a “very good rookie”, to becoming an indisputable superstar in his sophomore season.