As the Tennessee Titans enter year four under Mike Vrabel, there’s a lot of optimism surrounding this team and the kind of damage they can do. This offseason was a big one for the Titans as they lost three weapons on offense.
They might have lost two of their more valued contributors, Corey Davis and Jonnu Smith, but the team made the biggest move of the offseason by trading for former Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones. The future Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee is going to take this passing attack over the top and that’s why Kristopher Knox of Bleacher Report listed him as the Titans’ biggest reason for optimism.
Here’s some of what Knox had to say on the subject:
"Tennessee also traded for future Hall of Famer Julio Jones to replace the departed Corey Davis this offseason. With Jones and Brown on the perimeter and Tannehill and Henry in the backfield, containing the Titans’ offense will be a tall order… The Titans ranked second in offensive yardage and fourth in points scored a season ago, and they could be even more potent if Jones returns to Pro Bowl form. Davis never had a 1,000-yard campaign in Tennessee. When Jones was healthy in 2019, he amassed 1,394 yards and six touchdowns. Three years ago, he led the league in receiving yards."
This is definitely going to be a case of defenses having to pick their poison when they face the Titans, and Knox included Jones mentioning that tidbit to reporters. Jones gives the Titans another receiver who is difficult to slow down and this gives Ryan Tannehill the best group of weapons he’s had at any point during his career.
Julio Jones gives the Tennessee Titans another terrifying receiver.
Prior to the acquisition of Jones, the Titans were rolling with a combination of Brown/Josh Reynolds/Dez Fitzpatrick as their main three wideouts. With Jones in the picture now, however, that becomes a tandem of Brown/Jones/Reynolds with Fitzpatrick as a fourth option at best.
The Titans’ offense already has Derrick Henry, who is the best running back in the game, but the addition of Jones to this offense really puts this offense over the top. The Tennessee offense is a scary unit and Jones’ arrival is without a doubt the biggest reason for optimism in Nashville.
Not only will Jones do his own damage for his new team but he’ll open things up for Brown to have even more monster games because defenses can’t solely focus on him. It’s going to be fun watching the Titans ball out this year!