Each NFL season, every team has a player that bears a little added attention. So which performer could turn the corner for the Tennessee Titans in ’17?
Welcome to yet another 32-team series from End Zone Score. In recent months, we took the time to look at each club’s best offseason addition. We even dabbled into some pertinent and historical numbers.
Every NFL season features players that come into their own after a slow start to their careers. It’s tough to tell when each performer’s coming-put party will take place. Some are immediate successes. Others take longer due to numerous circumstances, but they prove to be worth the wait. Here we will try and pinpoint a player from each team in the league that we feel is on the verge of putting it altogether. We already looked at the Washington Redskins. Now it’s onto the Tennessee Titans.
To say things are looking up in the city of Nashville when it comes to their NFL franchise is somewhat of an understatement. Quarterback Marcus Mariota is taking it easy after breaking his leg in late December. But he should be very ready for training camp. This is an improving player who threw at least two TD passes in 10 of his 15 games in 2016.
The Tennessee Titans have assembled quite the offensive cast. The line is top notch and running back DeMarco Murray finished third in the NFL in rushing yards this past season. But overshadowed somewhat because of the attention on Mariota and Murray was the play of improving wideout Rishard Matthews. In four seasons with the Miami Dolphins, he totaled 107 catches for 1,396 yards and eight touchdowns.
In his first season in Tennessee, he played in all 16 games and made 10 starts. Matthews and tight end Delanie Walker tied for the team lead with 65 receptions. But the wide receiver led the team with 945 yards and nine scoring receptions. Seven of those scores came in the final nine games. And Matthews totaled 100-plus receiving yards in three of his final six outings.
There’s a lot of excitement when it comes to this offense this upcoming season as the Tennessee Titans used the fifth overall pick in the draft on Western Michigan wide receiver Corey Davis. But it will be Rishard Matthews that puts up career numbers in his second year with this franchise.