5 reasons to get super excited for Titans training camp

• The Titans now have a true No. 1 receiver

• Their defense could be one of the best in the league

• The 2023 Titans will probably fly under the radar and that's a good thing

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No. 4 The Titans have a true No. 1 receiver in DeAndre Hopkins

Derrick Mason notwithstanding, there aren't many distinguished wide receivers in Titans' history. A.J. Brown was starting to make a name for himself but former general manager Jon Robinson believed a first-round pick was more valuable than having a proven weapon and shipped him to the Philadelphia Eagles last year.

Similarly, Andre Johnson, Julio Jones, and Randy Moss — former Pro Bowl receivers — all played for Tennessee and all of them flopped. Sure, they were near the end of their respective career when they joined the Titans but the point still stands. Fortunately, there's a chance DeAndre Hopkins can buck the trend.

Hopkins, a five-time Pro Bowl selection, met with the Titans and the New England Patriots before ultimately choosing the former and that's great news for pretty much every offensive player in Tennesee. Veteran Ryan Tannehill will have a bonafide No. 1 receiver, something he lacked last year. Similarly, sophomore Treylon Burks will have more favorable matchups with Hopkins drawing coverage away.

On top of that, opposing defenses won't be able to stack up the box, which should lead to bigger gains on the ground when running back Derrick Henry gets the ball.

You could argue that Hopkins hasn't had a 1,000-year season since 2020 and you would be right. However, there are reasons to believe he'll bounce back with Tennessee. For starters, the Arizona Cardinals were in a state of disarray the last two years, and most of their players, including Hopkins, were affected. Also, the former Clemson Tiger deal with injuries and missed time after getting slapped with a suspension for PED violations.

With injuries and his suspension in the rearview mirror, Hopkins should benefit from a fresh start in the Titans.