The Titans struggled with depth at receiver last year after Rishard Matthews decided to leave the team. Corey Davis was the clear-cut top pass catcher on the depth chart, but outside of him, the rest of the group left a lot to be desired. There were supplemental options like Darius Jennings and Cameron Batson, who had low expectations to start with and didn’t produce. However, second-year receivers Taywan Taylor and Tajae Sharpe were expected to take a step towards becoming solid starting options for Tennessee. The two combined for less than 800 yards and three touchdowns.
Now, Adam Humphries was signed in free agency and A.J. Brown was drafted in the second round. These two are expected to become immediate impact players for the Titans. So, the question becomes, what will become of Sharpe and Taylor in 2019?
When Jon Robinson selected Taylor out of Western Kentucky, the expectation was that he could stretch the defense and be a great second option for Marcus Mariota. However, he has been extremely inconsistent with his production and has had some crucial drops in two seasons. Taylor has a lot of potential, but he may be running out of time with the additions of Brown and Humphries.
He should still get opportunities outside because of his elite speed, but time is winding down. The idea of Davis, Brown, and Humphries all out on the field together has fans drooling. The trio could be the best group that Tennessee has had since the team moved to Nashville. Taylor will definitely have to work in training camp to prove he deserves snaps.
Sharpe may be the most interesting player in Titans camp this year. According to sources who watched OTA’s and mini-camp, he was one of the breakout players during the early practices. Sharpe has a lot to prove this season. He looked good as a rookie, but then missed his entire second season with an injury. Last year, he was given a lot of opportunities and didn’t flash nearly enough. He will likely enter training camp as the fifth wide receiver on the depth chart and is entering a contract year.
With free agency looming, Sharpe will need to make an impact for Tennessee this season. The first step will be getting on the field. If he can get snaps, Sharpe has the talent to have a breakout season to make some money in the offseason.
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The Titans have to be much happier with the receiver situation than they were last year. This question is a good one to have at this point in the season because this means that no matter who gets snaps, the best receivers will be on the field. Robinson wants to get a good look at Mariota as he plays out his fifth year option. That starts with surrounding him with the talent to succeed. Taylor and Sharpe will have to earn their snaps with Brown and Humphries in the fold, but the wide receiver position looks solid for the season in Nashville.