3. Wide Receiver
Tennessee Titans fans salivated over the prospect of an unstoppable passing game last season after the team signed Julio Jones.
Even if he wasn’t 100%, how bad could a combo of A.J. Brown and Julio Jones be? Throw in some promising rookies like Dez Fitzpatrick and Racey McMath, and add savvy veterans like Marcus Johnson and Chester Rogers, and the rest of the NFL may as well have surrendered the Lombardi Trophy before training camp.
Then Mason Kinsey added to that buzz by making it seem Robinson unearthed a hidden gem in the preseason games.
How quickly things change in the NFL.
Both Brown and Jones stayed hurt most of the year. Brown was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles in one of the most shocking offseason moves in Nashville sports history. Jones was cut after an ineffective, injury-riddled performance and remains an unsigned free agent. Marcus Johnson is with the San Francisco 49ers and Rogers still isn’t with a team.
The team acquired Robert Woods via trade and drafted Arkansas receiver, Treylon Burks. Presumably, the duo will be the team’s top wideouts. Burks is a rookie with a high ceiling, but there are no guarantees he will catch on quickly just because of the learning curve that all rookies face. The same goes for OTA darling Kyle Philips who looks good, but he still needs to prove it first.
Woods is a great player but on the wrong side of 30 and coming off an ACL injury (though his recovery looks promising).
Nick Westbrook-Ikhine is probably better suited as an excellent WR4 with utility on special teams instead of being the team’s WR3.
Until this group proves that they can be better than they were in 2021, they aren’t going to scare many defenses.