5 Mid-tier wide receivers the Tennessee Titans should target in free agency

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2. Tyler Boyd

Alright sure, this one might seem like a slap in the face given his teammate and fellow wideout who the Titans really would love to have. But in reality, Boyd would still be a great fit for them in free agency.

First of all, and most obviously, he has a strong connection with Brian Callahan, who he had the entire time as offensive coordinator in Cincinnati. The familiarity alone is a huge reason why bringing in Boyd would be a smart move for the Titans.

He has also been extremely consistent throughout his eight-year career, only recording a season with less than 600 receiving yards once. This past year was one of his lowest from a production standpoint, only recording 667 yards and two touchdowns, but a lot of that is due to the Bengals' issues at quarterback.

Even then, he is still plenty good enough to be a third option in a passing offense, and at age 29, his game should age fine for at least a few more seasons.

Boyd is a very effective chain-moving receiver, as he finds ways to get open in short-yardage situations operating out of the slot. He unfortunately cannot be relied on to stretch the field and make explosive plays, but that is not much of a concern.

When you are bargain bin hunting, you are prioritizing dependability and high floor over pure upside, and Boyd checks both boxes. For as much as the Titans need explosive playmakers, every team still needs receivers who are effective in lower to mid-range plays, and the Titans simply need talent at the position over anything else.

Reuniting Boyd with a head coach he is familiar with would be a particular help for Will Levis' development, besides just upgrading the receiver position as a whole. He needs to be near the top of Ran Carthon's wish list in free agency.