5 free agent wide receivers that make sense for the Tennessee Titans
By Will Lomas
2. Keelan Cole
It surprises me that Keelan Cole hasn’t already been signed by the Tennessee Titans. In fact, I wrote about him as one of the best candidates for the Titans right after the draft:
"“When you talk about bringing a WR3, people usually mean a slot receiver but that isn’t what the Titans need. The two receivers who get the most snaps for the Tennessee Titans this seasons are Treylon Burks and Robert Woods, both of which can thrive in the slot. On top of that, Kyle Philips is a great prospect as a slot receiver. Cole could be a WR3 in the sense that he could come in and play X or Z on three-receiver looks so that one of the starters can kick inside.”"
Cole fits the bill in terms of what the Titans seem to prefer at wide receiver. He is a taller receiver who blocks well enough and who plays special teams.
While you shouldn’t expect him to be a big-play threat, you know what you are getting with him and it is basically a better version of what you are getting out of Nick Westbrook-Ikine. Both receivers hang their hat on special teams effort and their understanding of how to play every receiver position.
If Josh Gordon turns out to have more speed left than fans think, Cole can do all of the special teams work that Racey McMath was going to do. Between his utility and his versatility, he seems like a guy that Mike Vrabel would stand on the table for.