Grade Day: Taylor Thompson slowly developing

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Entering his third season as a member of the Tennessee Titans, Taylor Thompson is slowly approaching the “bust” label.

In two years, Thompson has caught nine passes for 59 yards and a touchdown. He was a fifth-round selection as a transitioned defensive end to tight end that has rarely seen the field.

He hasn’t shown decent routes nor an ability to create separation in the secondary.

Now comes this tidbit from offensive coordinator Jason Michael via the Titans official website:

“I think Taylor Thompson has come along. He’s still young to the position, with changing from defensive end, and I know we’ve talked about those things and at some point, he’s got to put that behind him and move forward and be a tight end and I think he’s making steps toward doing that and working hard every day. He’s a big receiving threat who is a strong, physical guy and just has to put it all together. He’s done a good job through OTAs and minicamp. We’ve just got to keep making those strides in training camp and into the season.”

I appreciate that Michael noted Thompson has got to move forward and stop using the transition as a crutch. He’s three years into the league and not much has changed.

I’m intrigued to see how much the tight end has grown at the position, but reading between the lines and after watching him play last season, I’m not banking on him making a serious impact this year.

Grade for Thompson’s development thus far: D-

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