As training camp approaches, it means the Tennessee Titans move one day closer to the preseason, and eventually the regular season. As we inch further throughout the offseason, every day we will feature a training camp preview.
Today’s preview is on the wide receiving corps, where the top three are all but guaranteed. Kendall Wright is coming off a standout season, Nate Washington was as productive as ever and Justin Hunter got his feet wet.
Aside from that, there’s much debate on who can take a stranglehold over the fourth receiver spot.
Starters: Kendall Wright, Nate Washington, Justin Hunter
If Tennessee starts out in a base set, Wright and Washington should start the season opposite from each other.
The Titans could opt for their base set to be a three-wide package, ensuring Justin Hunter would be on the outside and moving Wright to the slot, a better fit for his skill set.
Wright made a massive leap in just his second season, grabbing 94 passes for 1,079 yards and two touchdowns. He did a good bit of this without the services of quarterback Jake Locker, who missed a chunk of the season with various injuries.
Washington nearly set career-highs in receptions (58) and yards (919) in a very solid season.
Hunter caught only 18 passes for 354 yards and four touchdowns, including one on his very first NFL reception.
Backups: Derek Hagan, Julian Horton, Marc Mariani, Michael Preston, Jaz Reynolds, Rico RIchardson, Brian Robiskie, Derel Walker, Isaiah Williams
Hagan and Robiskie have been decent third or fourth options in the NFL before. Preston hasn’t had much time to shine, generally pushed near the bottom of the depth chart and Mariani was a return specialist that never saw much time at receiver.
If I were a betting man, I’d say Dexter McCluster slips into the slot as a fourth receiver on those sets and Tennessee sticks with someone like Preston or Mariani (or possibly both) out of camp.
Check back Thursday for a preview of the tight end group.