Which Titans player's job is on the line if they sign free agent WR Zay Jones

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The Tennessee Titans finished last week by bringing in Tyler Boyd, and they are starting this week by visiting another free-agent receiver.

Ian Rapoport says that the Titans are hosting former Jacksonville Jaguars pass-catcher Zay Jones for a visit today.

When the Jaguars cut Jones last week, I quickly pointed out that he would be a gift for the Tennessee Titans at this point in the offseason.

For the second year in a row, the Tennessee Titans waited until late on Day 3 in the draft to address receiver. When they did, they grabbed Tulane's Jha'Quan Jackson who projects to be a slot receiver and a return specialist in the NFL.

Whether it has been Tyler Boyd or Zay Jones, the first question anyone asks when they hear that the Titans are looking at receivers is, "What does this mean for Treylon Burks?" But I don't think that really has anything to do with it.

We need to remember what the Titans depth chart at wide receiver looks like, but first, we need to divide the group into boundary receivers and slot receivers. It breaks down into something like this:

Boundary: DeAndre Hopkins, Calvin Ridley, Treylon Burks, Nick Westbrook-Ikhine
Slot: Kyle Philips, Jha'Quan Jackson, Chig Okonkwo*

Zay Jones has spent 65% of his career snaps as a boundary receiver, so he is going to be a boundary receiver in Tennessee if they sign him. If that happens, NWI is the one who should be concerned, not Treylon Burks.

NWI doesn't have a connection to this front office or coaching staff like he did with the last regime, and people overinflate what he does on special teams. Last season, NWI only played 95 snaps on special teams and that isn't a tiebreaker anymore for him now that the team has added depth at positions like linebacker and cornerback.

Jones isn't like Tyler Boyd, if he is signed he doesn't have a clear path to a starting job or an obvious role in the offense. He would be a depth player who is familiar with multiple positions on offense and can step in if someone gets hurt.

If Ran Carthon signs Jones (or Boyd), it would give the Tennessee Titans one of the most experienced and proven wide receiver rooms that they have ever had. You don't want to load up on veteran talent without having some young guys in the room who might have a chance to grow into the guys who could replace those veterans down the line.