Tennessee Titans rookie Racey McMath is proving he belongs

Racey McMath, Tennessee Titans (Mandatory Credit: Mark Humphrey/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports)
Racey McMath, Tennessee Titans (Mandatory Credit: Mark Humphrey/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports) /

Sometimes, a huge part of someone’s football walk consists of waiting on an opportunity. You see, not everyone who is playing youth football or doing so at the prep level will excel and become the next Tennessee Titans star. Many of those guys will see their football careers end when high school is over and there are no scholarship offers.

For guys like Titans rookie Racey McMath, they’re cut from different cloths. They have what it takes to be a professional athlete, but they play behind future NFL stars at the collegiate level. If they find their way to league, they quickly learn that they might be the eighth guy on the depth chart at training camp at a position that may only keep six guys.

Tennessee has 13 wide receivers on their current training camp roster. The theory is they’ll probably keep six. Last week, it seemed as though McMath was on a collision course with the practice squad, and that was the best-case scenario. At the end of training camp’s first practice, a different tune was being sung.

Tennessee Titans rookie WR Racey McMath is making his case for a roster spot.

As gifted as he is, McMath is no stranger to adversity. Had he played his college ball somewhere other than LSU, in most cases, he would have been the best wideout on the roster. When you play with the Bayou Bengals, there are sometimes guys like Justin Jefferson and Ja’Marr Chase walking around. All three of these guys were a part of LSU’s College Football Playoff National Championship Team a little over two years ago.

McMath wasn’t the focal point of the Tigers’ offense then, but he was allowed to showcase some of what he can do when Chase sat out of the 2020 NCAA football season due to COVID-19 concerns. Racey hauled in 33 receptions for 522 yards and reached the end zone four times in 18 career games with LSU, but that was enough to pique the interest of the Tennessee Titans’ coaches and leadership structure.

Tennessee landed him in Round 6 of the most recent NFL Draft. He’ll now have to contend with a few other guys for a roster spot, but his head coach, Mike Vrabel, likes him a lot. Another trusted voice, Senior TennesseeTitans.com Writer and Editor Jim Wyatt mentioned him recently, and he states the following.

"Rookie receiver Racey McMath drew praise from head coach Mike Vrabel after a solid day of practice. McMath made a nice catch in individual drills, and he showed up in other periods as well. McMath caught a touchdown pass thrown by quarterback Logan Woodside in a team period. I raved about McMath in here during the offseason, and for good reason. What’s crazy to think about is he’s probably 6th on the depth chart at the position right now."

Let’s not make long stories short here. This is the point. Racey Mcmath could be a dark horse. Pay very close attention to him.

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He has an uphill climb. He absolutely has to beat out a few guys that he may be staring up at on the roster’s depth chart, but regardless of what you’re hearing, this is what you need to know. Despite how things have gone to this point and regardless of what you’ve heard to this point, Racey McMath is completely capable of making his NFL dreams of NFL superstardom reality.