3. Two Tennessee Titans ready to explode this season
Receiver Treylon Burks is going to be a good player. First off, it is tough for wide receiver rookies to make high-level impacts in their first year. Most of the time, great receivers don't become truly great until year two. Burks would also be further along if he hadn't been injured and if he could have worked with an NFL-caliber QB for the bulk of the season.
Having another year of camp and another chance to work with Tannehill is going to make Burks much more productive. Burks simply needs more reps and more cohesion with his quarterback and he will be a 1,000-yard receiver. The Titans are not going to be a prolific passing team, of course, because of the great running game, but Burks can feed off the run game and has the size and speed to be an intermediate and deep threat.
One player that people seem to be forgetting about is their new linebacker Azeez Al-Shaair. He is in a great position for a breakout season in 2023 now that he is going to get a chance.
Al-Shaair got stuck behind All-Pro linebacker Fred Warner and star linebacker Dre Greenlaw in San Francisco. Despite that, he was the first guy off the bench to replace them and he tallied 1,200 snaps in the last two years. Pop on any game where he is playing and you will instantly see the juice that he has and the physicality that he plays with.
Al-Shaair has excellent speed and is also a great tackler, but the biggest difference he will make for the Titans' defense in 2023 is one he hasn't been able to show yet in his four-year career. While the Tennessee Titans really don't like to blitz that often, Al-Shaair could make them reconsider. If they want to use him to attack behind their talented defensive front, he is the type of player who could get a handful of sacks and even more QB pressures because he is going to be hard to keep an eye on if you are also watching out for Pro Bowlers like Jeffery Simmons and Harold Landry.