Earlier than the Tennessee Titans in the end landed large receiver Julio Jones in a commerce with the Atlanta Falcons, the place was one of many greatest issues forward of the 2021 marketing campaign.
The Titans parted methods with a pair of large receivers earlier within the offseason after slicing Adam Humphries, who went on to signal with Washington, and seeing Corey Davis signal with the New York Jets in free company.
To not point out, tight finish Jonnu Smith signing with the New England Patriots was one more blow to the crew’s group of pass-catcher.
Previous to the draft, the Titans’ solely important response to dropping these gamers was to signal former Los Angeles Rams wideout, Josh Reynolds, so it was thought Tennessee would look to deal with the place early on within the draft.
Nevertheless, Titans followers unexpectedly needed to wait till Day 3 to see common supervisor Jon Robinson commerce up and take a receiver, which ended up being fourth-round choice and Louisville product, Dez Fitzpatrick.
Whereas Fitzpatrick figures to have a restricted function in his first season on account of the truth that he has Jones, Reynolds and A.J. Brown forward of him, CBS Sports’ Chris Trepasso remains to be excessive on the rookie. He believes Fitzpatrick “will emerge as a key secondary goal for Ryan Tannehill.”
One in every of my favourite stats this offseason is the Lions have to switch 360 targets from their 2020 roster. Probably the most within the NFL. You understand which crew is third in “misplaced targets?” The Titans at 224. Fitzpatrick had a uniquely productive profession with the Cardinals, he was a important a part of the passing offense from his freshman season onward. He’s over 6-1 and 200 kilos with misleading 4.48 velocity and expertise profitable from the perimeter with sharp cuts in his routes. Sure, it’ll largely be the Derrick Henry, A.J. Brown, and Julio Jones showcase in Nashville this season. However Fitzpatrick will emerge as a key secondary goal for Ryan Tannehill.
As a lot as we like Fitzpatrick, targets shall be extremely powerful to come back by in his first season. Barring an damage to a number of of the aforementioned wideouts, the Louisville product shall be no higher than fifth within the pass-catching pecking order while you embrace tight finish Anthony Firkser.
And even that isn’t assured. Fitzpatrick should present he’s able to be the primary receiver off the bench throughout coaching camp, which begins later this month.
The most important factor for Fitzpatrick in 2021 is to develop and present promise on the sphere when he does get a possibility. Grabbing the No. 4 receiver function shall be a terrific first step.
With the Titans’ murky scenario at receiver past this season — Reynolds is on a one-year deal and Jones may very well be a minimize candidate in 2022 if issues go south — Fitzpatrick might discover himself able to be a starter as quickly as his sophomore marketing campaign, however don’t count on an excessive amount of in his rookie season.