The Tennessee Titans successfully pulled off their blockbuster trade for now-former Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones and it was a move that felt like a given. Is this going to be enough for the Titans to close the gap between them and the Kansas City Chiefs?
Two seasons ago, the Titans’ season came to an end in Kansas City when they fell to the Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game. No one expected Tennessee to be there so making the AFC title game was a big enough accomplishment for the Titans.
In 2020, the Titans won the AFC South and did so on the back of Derrick Henry and the explosive offense. To be fair, the offense had to be as explosive as it was because of how poor the defense performed last year (they ranked No. 24 in total defense).
Over the offseason, the Titans lost Corey Davis to the Jets and Jonnu Smith to the Patriots, meaning Ryan Tannehill lost two of his favorite weapons. It was important for Tennessee to get another electric receiver for Tannehill prior to the season and they did that with Jones, who will now join A.J. Brown and Josh Reynolds in the receiver room.
The Tennessee Titans got better with the trade for Julio Jones, but are they on par with the Chiefs?
The Titans’ issues weren’t on offense last year and while they lost some talent, the trio of Brown, Reynolds, and rookie Dez Fitzpatrick would have been fine. Adding Jones makes the offense better, sure, but unless the Titans defense improves mightily this year, Tennessee might still not be grouped in with the list of Super Bowl contenders.
The Titans signed Bud Dupree in free agency and drafted Caleb Farley to help out with their defensive woes. Will this be enough for them to truly compete in the AFC?
Even with a shaky defense, the Titans still managed to win their division last year and the unit should be improved in 2021. Tennessee might not be close to Kansas City yet in terms of talent but Jones at least gives them more of a chance to compete hard in a shootout.