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

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4. Josh Reynolds

Before you ask, no this is not a joke, and yes I remember how poorly Reynolds' previous time with the Titans went. Rarely does someone who requests a midseason release from a team and is granted it ever consider coming back to play for them, but things in this world, especially in sports, can change on a dime.

And if Reynolds came back, he would not be signing with the same Titans as he did in 2021. The team now has a new head coach, a new (or different) general manager, and will have a completely different kind of offense than they did under Mike Vrabel.

When Reynolds previously signed with the Titans, he was not expected to be a world-beater but had an even more dismal experience than anyone could have imagined. He played in only five games and put up an appalling 90 yards, registering no official starts and several games as a healthy inactive.

He joined the Detroit Lions after his midseason release, and nearly immediately proved that whatever it was, the Titans had failed him. He put up 306 yards and two touchdowns in the final seven games in 2021 and performed similarly for the Lions in 2022 and 2023.

Reynolds is someone who fits by far the best in the slot, as he can run routes and make contested catches, but does not have much speed or sudden quickness to his game. And knowing his skillset makes it understandable why his time with the Titans in 2021 did not go well.

Back then, the Titans were a run-heavy, ground-and-pound type of offense and emphasized receivers who were effective blockers. Because Reynolds did not do that well, nor could he be a threat on the boundary, he was a terrible fit for the team, but of course, things are not the same as they once were.

Brian Callahan is going to instill a more modern offense that emphasizes the passing game and guys getting open, which is what Reynolds is meant to do. Callahan is a completely different and seemingly (obviously) more open-minded guy than Vrabel, so it is not outlandish to think that Reynolds will see that and decide a reunion with the Titans is worth it.