For the first time in a long time, the Tennessee Titans have a WR group that will be talked about for all the right reasons. The group is led by Kenny Britt, perhaps the most talented of the group, but injury and maturity issues have hurt his once-promising career. Thankfully, this offseason has seen a different Britt, and one that has stayed out of the headlines and is poised to make a huge impact in 2013.
Beyond Britt is the veteran producer of the group, Nate Washington. Going into his fifth year with the Titans (and ninth overall), some are expecting him to be pushed off the final roster in an effort to clear additional cap space in the event the Titans want to shore up their defensive line. With the rest of the WR talent behind him, that line of thought may not be such a bad idea.
Second year receiver, Kendall Wright, is coming off of a solid campaign and will look to continue his promising progression. He is joined by this year’s second round draft pick, Justin Hunter, a tall and lean receiver out of Tennessee. The addition of Hunter is the largest threat to Washington’s slot.
Beyond those four are a mix of veterans including fourth-year receiver Damian Williams, receiver/ returner Marc Mariani who is recovering from a leg injury that ended his season last year, and the free agent acquisition coming over from the Houston Texans, Kevin Walter. There are also a few camp-body receivers hanging around, most notably 6’5” Michael Preston who saw limited playing time last year.
Of this group, the Titans will only keep six or seven players through the final cuts, meaning it is likely that either a notable veteran (Washington/ Walter) or fan-favorite (Mariani/ Williams) may be on their way out of Tennessee. If a defensive lineman is signed (for example, John Abraham), look for Washington to be the odd man out. If no money is needed, look for Mariani to grab the short straw as he is a holdover from the old Jeff Fisher regime, and between the leg injury and recent changes to kickoff return rules, his value is somewhat limited.
Regardless of what happens, this is shaping up to be the most talented WR group the team has had since moving to Tennessee.