The Tennessee Titans still have a lot of things to iron out on offense, but what a difference a week makes.
Now that the Tennessee Titans have DeAndre Hopkins, so many other things fall into place on and off the field. Looking at the wide receiver room specifically, all of a sudden there are a lot of exciting possibilities.
First and foremost, don't let the Hopkins signing color your opinion of the young weapons that the team has. Treylon Burks still has a very good chance of becoming one of the best young receivers in the NFL.
Chig Okonkwo could be the latest in a long line of great Tennessee Titans tight ends following in the footsteps of Delanie Walker and Jonnu Smith (the Arthur Smith version) most recently.
Both of those players should factor heavily in the Titans' offense, but the biggest difference is that they are going to have easier matchups. Now they will have more space to operate and they have proven All-Pros like Derrick Henry and Hopkins who can make defenses pay if they give the young guys too much attention.
Breaking down the Titans' offense into the simplest terms, here is a quick look at what each pass catcher on the depth chart should be doing on any given play:
Treylon Burks: X or Z receiver
DeAndre Hopkins: X or Z receiver
Kyle Philips: Slot receiver
Chig Okonkwo: Pass-catching tight end
Nick Westbrook-Ikhine: Backup at X, Z, or slot
Tyjae Spears: Matchup wildcard
If everything goes according to plan, those are the six players who should realistically have a good chance for 20+ receptions this season.
That is a much better list than it was a week ago and there shouldn't be any concerns about that group heading into the season. However, there is one thing that the Tennessee Titans don't have on that list that would make their offense even more dangerous.
Tennessee Titans should monitor this New York Jets WR
Just like when the Tennessee Titans had Kalif Raymond in 2019 and 2020, the legitamate threat of speed is as dangerous as the speed itself.
Several of the shot plays from that time came from the combination of play action pulling the linebackers toward the line of scrimmage while the threat of giving up the big play pushed the safeties away from the line of scrimmage. That helped create those wider zones in the middle of the field that turned into big plays.
Someone who has that speed and could be on the open market soon is current New York Jets WR, Denzel Mims.
It sounds like Mims might be getting cut if a trade can't be figured out, and the Tennessee Titans are a team that makes a lot of sense for him as a landing spot.
Mims fits what Ran Carthon likes in a receiver from a height/weight/speed standpoint. Not only does Mims pass the sub 4.5 40/205+ lb. filter, he passes it with flying colors:
Most teams might be concerned about his lack of production over the first three years, but he was also on one of the worst teams in the NFL. If we include what has happened so far in 2023, then during his time with the Jets he had 2 head coaches, 3 OCs, and 7 different QBs, so not exactly a smooth transition to the NFL.
Mims is just 25 years old and a chance of scenery might be what is best for him and the Tennessee Titans. With Nick Westbrook-Ikhine and Kyle Philips both able to contribute on special teams, Mims wouldn't necessarily have to do anything there to earn a spot on the game-day roster.
All he would have to do is come in, threaten defenses vertically, and then make the catch when his number is called. While I don't think he is worth a draft pick at this point considering how few of those the Tennessee Titans have, I think that he is absolutely worth a look, especially if the Titans could get him in before the end of training camp.