3 Tennessee Titans who need to bounce back vs Jacksonville Jaguars
2. Kalif Raymond, WR
I, like many Titan fans, had high hopes for Raymond coming into this season. It would be foolish to give up on him after one week, but Week 1 could not have gone how Raymond was expecting.
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Raymond was held without a catch in Week 1, while receiving 2 targets. Both passes should have been caught and were inexcusable drops at this level. Raymond showed some serious deep threat promise in 2019, so fans were naturally expecting him to play a bigger role to start 2020.
With A.J. Brown nursing an injury and already declared out for Week 2, guys like Adam Humphries and Kalif Raymond will have to step up. If Raymond is a no-show how he was in Denver, the Titans’ passing attack could be in serious trouble against Jacksonville.
And there might be some concern that this is asking too much of Raymond, but keep in mind that Corey Davis just showed that he can lead this passing attack when asked and we also saw good things from Adam Humphries and Jonnu Smith in the passing game.
The Titans ignored WR in the draft and free agency, in part because they expected Raymond to be able to become the WR3 in this situation. Now it is time for him to prove it.
You’d like to hope Raymond will improve in the kick/punt return department as well. In Denver, Raymond returned 3 punts for only 19 total yards. Raymond also returned one kick for 19 yards on the night. The season has barely begun, but early returns on Raymond have not been promising.