Finally, the Tennessee Titans offense is healthy enough to feature the lethal Berry College alumnus, Mason Kinsey. Halloween has come early for NFL defenses…
Joking aside, the Tennessee Titans have dealt with rough injuries all year long and they can’t seem to catch a break. Last week Pro Bowl left tackle Taylor Lewan was stretchered off the field and they had two season-ending injuries including first-round pick Caleb Farley.
They join an ever-growing list of role players and starters that the Titans won’t see for a while, but surprisingly the offense may be healthier than they have been at any point in the season.
The elite receiver tandem of A.J. Brown and Julio Jones will play together for the fourth time all year, which is huge.
In the backfield, Derrick Henry could have both Jeremy McNichols and Darrynton Evans to help give him a breather. McNichols has been the team’s excellent third-down back this year, while Evans has elite burst and should be able to moonlight as a slot receiver and return man as well.
At tight end, Anthony Firkser has had receptions in three straight games and he is getting better and better which is evident by his 11 yards per reception over the last two weeks.
Who are the Tennessee Titans missing?
Earlier I mentioned Lewan being out, but backup left tackle Kendall Lamm looked good replacing him vs the Buffalo Bills and the Tennessee Titans had three rushing touchdowns running right behind Lamm in that big Monday night win.
Another player who should get some attention is Chester Rodgers who has looked good in the slot, but that shouldn’t hurt the Titans too badly. Mason Kinsey shined in the preseason as the Titans slot receiver, racking up 14 receptions for 131 yards and a touchdown.
Also, I alluded to Darrynton Evans getting some reps as a slot receiver and that should be the case given how hard it is to match up with him, especially if he is put in motion before the ball is snapped.
While Ryan Tannehill, A.J. Brown, Julio Jones, and Derrick Henry will be the most important skill players on offense, it helps to have other guys available for the first time all season. Is this the game where the passing attack gets back to the standard set by the 2020 Tennessee Titans? Or will Todd Downing continue to make life harder on himself for no reason?