It’s time to get honest. There is an enormous to-do list in front of Jon Robinson as the Titans move into the 2020 season, and it’s a bit concerning. Which players are worth being resigned? Who are the players the Titans need to focus on in the Draft? Who is going to be the Defensive Coordinator? Are we going to even have a Defensive Coordinator? How do the Titans continue the success they had in 2019?
Now, I have an idea that some people aren’t going to love, but honestly, when have I ever proposed something that the vast majority of Titans fans automatically loved? Remember when I said Corey Davis was on the hot seat going into 2019? People roasted me on many Social Media platforms when I wrote:
“The recent 2nd round pick, AJ Brown, is getting rave reviews and it’s said that he could even challenge Davis for the WR1 role.”
Here we are now, and AJ Brown is exactly what the Titans hoped that Corey Davis would be as a WR1. Nobody could’ve guessed that AJ Brown would have the year he did in 2019, which leads me to believe that it’s time for the Titans to move on from Corey Davis. This morning Todd McShay released his first Mock for the 2020 Draft, it’s clear that the need for talented Wide Receivers is massive in the ever growing pass-happy NFL. In McShay’s 1st Round mock, there are 5 teams slated to take a Receiver. So with that in mind, here is my idea:
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Jon Robinson needs to put Corey Davis on the trade block to acquire as much draft capital possible or, if the deal is right, trade him for another starting player that could fill another need. This type of move would allow Jon Robinson to fill in the gaps on the Titans roster for as little money as possible versus paying players like Jack Conklin or Logan Ryan the top dollar contract they’re slated to receive.
As a player, Davis has been good – that’s it. It’s difficult now days for any player to live up to the hype of where they’re taken in the draft, but Davis still has fundamental issues in his game that are holding him back. For example, his footwork issues lead to sloppy routes and keep him from creating the needed separation to get the desired targets. With Davis entering his fourth year with the Titans, most believe the team will not pick up his 5th-year option, myself included. It would be wise for the Titans to shop him now, before he hits the market at the end of next season.
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In the 2019 regular season, Davis was second in receiving with 601 yards, and had the same amount of receiving TD’s as Delanie Walker, who missed the final 10 games, with just 2. MyCole Pruitt and Anthony Firkser both averaged more yards per play than Davis in 2019, which is not a great look given they are both backup Tight Ends. Davis, who missed 1 game in 2019, had only 6 more receptions than Adam Humphries, who missed the final 4 games of the year. Find a replacement in the draft should be fairly easy, and also allows other current Titan’s Receivers, like Kalif Raymond, Adam Humphries, and hypothetically resigned Tajae Sharpe to get on the field more.
Fact is, Davis still has a lot to prove as a top receiving threat and given the Titans current situation, he may be the most valuable expendable on the Titans roster.