The Tennessee Titans finished the 2020 season with one of the best offenses in the NFL. Derrick Henry led the way, ending the year as the eighth player in NFL history to rush for over 2,000 yards. Now that we’re in the offseason, the front office will aim to maintain the high powered offense next year. The first step, finding some help in the 2021 NFL free agency.
The Titans dominated the run game, but they were pretty good at throwing the ball too. They only finished with 3,826 yards through the air, but they were within the top 10 in receiving touchdowns with 33.
As we approach the 2021 NFL free agency period, the Titans will need to acquire a wide receiver or two this offseason. AJ Brown is a superstar in the making. However, Corey Davis is hitting free agency, Adam Humphries has dealt with injuries the last two years, and Kalif Raymond just doesn’t cut it as the fourth receiver on the roster.
Luckily for Tennessee, there are plenty of wide receivers available in the free agency pool, as well as the NFL draft. It’s possible the front office double-dips at WR this offseason, as they aim to stack the offense around Ryan Tannehill and Derrick Henry. With that said, here are 5 potential receivers the Titans could sign in the 2021 NFL free agency.
2021 NFL Free Agency: 5 Possible Receivers for the Titans
As one of the best receivers available in the 2021 NFL free agency class, Allen Robinson looks to receive a big payday this offseason. He finished this last year with 1,250 receiving yards and six touchdowns. He also had 102 receptions and a respectable 67.5% catch percentage on the year.
Throughout his career, Robinson hasn’t had the best quarterbacks throwing him the ball. During his time as a Jacksonville Jaguar, he had Blake Bortles as his QB. Then while playing for the Chicago Bears, Robinson dealt with Mitchell Trubisky slinging him the ball. Although he hasn’t had the best QBs throwing to him, Robinson has continuously played like an elite WR in the NFL.
For the Titans, signing Robinson would put this offense over the top. Between Brown and Robinson running routes in the secondary, Tannehill would have more than enough to work with to continue playing at a high level. Tennessee would suddenly be in the conversations about having the best WR group in the league. Plus, having to scheme up a defense to face that offense would be a nightmare. Brown, Robinson, Henry, and possibly Jonnu Smith? Good luck stopping that offense.
The second best choice for the Titans is to re-sign Corey Davis. He finally had a breakout year, finishing with 984 receiving yards and five touchdowns. He played as a fantastic WR2 next to Brown and was a reliable target for Tannehill. Davis finished with a 70.7% catch percentage, making him a phenomenal possession receiver.
He should have a few teams calling his number in the 2021 NFL free agency. It’s already speculated the Baltimore Ravens are interested, as well as the Green Bay Packers. This means the Titans may have to overpay to keep Davis on the team, but it would be more than worth it.
Bringing back Davis maintains the Titans’ high-powered offense. Not only was he a great WR2, but he’s possibly the best blocking receiver in the league. Looking back at either AJ Brown’s or Derrick Henry’s highlights, you can find Davis in a good chunk of those plays making a huge block down the field, or opening up the run lane for Henry.
He’s a versatile tool that helped Tennessee’s offense succeed. Re-signing Davis would be great for his career and he has a real chance to break the 1,000-yard mark next year. Look for the front office to possibly make Corey Davis an offer early. Letting him go into the 2021 NFL free agency increases the chance he signs elsewhere.
Curtis Samuel has received a bit of hype lately on social media. Statistically speaking, he didn’t have the most impressive season. Samuel ended the year with 851 receiving yards and three touchdowns. However, his 79.4% catch percentage is catching the eye of NFL franchises alike.
He got lost in the Carolina Panthers’ offense at times but stepped up after Christian McCaffrey fell to injury. The Panthers utilized Samuel in different ways, giving him some carries and setting him up with some screen plays. He’s a pure athlete that is dangerous with the ball in his hands and would give the Titans another versatile weapon in their offense.
It’s possible that signing with Tennessee increases Samuel’s chances of becoming a breakout candidate next year. With all eyes on Brown and Henry, Samuel may find himself open more often than not. With that impressive 79.4% catch percentage, Samuel is a WR Tannehill would love throwing to. Additionally, Samuel isn’t someone that’s going to break the bank, giving the front office more money to sign other positions of need in the 2021 NFL free agency.
After having a solid year as the top wide receiver for the Houston Texans, Will Fuller had his season cut short due to a suspension. He won’t be allowed to play again until Week two next year, but that shouldn’t deter the front office from possibly signing Fuller to the roster. He finished with 879 receiver yards along with eight touchdowns.
He’s proven to be a reliable target for Deshaun Watson during his time in Houston. His only problem is he can’t stay on the field. Whether it’s injuries or a suspension, Fuller has yet to finish a full season in the NFL. However, Fuller’s abilities make him worth that risk. Especially for a Titans team in search of a wide receiver during the 2021 NFL free agency.
Fuller has been a deep ball threat so far in his career. This is something that’s been missing in the Titans passing game. Most of the pass plays are thrown underneath, or over the middle. Having a guy like Fuller on the roster opens up the playbook, making them even more difficult to stop. He’s also someone that won’t necessarily break the bank either.
As the final name on the list, Marvin Jones would be a sneaky sign for the Tennessee Titans in the 2021 NFL free agency. He stepped up this year with Kenny Golladay out for most of the season, putting up 978 receiving yards and nine touchdowns. He has been a solid receiver for Matthew Stafford throughout his career on the Detroit Lions.
He’s been underappreciated in the NFL even though he’s put up decent numbers. However, he’d be a great choice for the Titans to sign in the 2021 NFL free agency if Davis chooses to sign elsewhere. Jones can provide a similar style of play as Davis, giving the Titans some familiarity next season.
At the end of the day, Marvin Jones is a bit on the older side. He’s already 31, which means Jones’ market may be smaller than most other receivers this offseason. If the Titans are looking to save some money, signing Jones would be a smart move in the 2021 NFL free agency. This would also increase the possibility of drafting a receiver, as they’ll be needing to replace Jones sooner, rather than later.
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