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State of the Tennessee Titans Roster: Wide Receiver

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Wide receiver has been the biggest need of the Titans forever, and for the first time I can remember they actually did something in the offseason to upgrade the position.  It is too early to tell how much the position was upgraded, but the fact that Justin McCareins is not on the roster alone means that the 2009 receivers will be better.

The Starters

Justin Gage will enter the season as the team's #1 receiver.  After battling injuries early in the 2008 season, he finished strong and proved that he is a legitimate receiving threat in this league.  He should only get better with a year under his belt in Heimerdinger's system.

Nate Washington was the Titans' biggest free agent signing, and I am excited to see what he brings to the table.  His career numbers don't jump off the page at you, but he has been stuck behind two very good receivers in Pittsburgh.  He gives the Titans the deep threat potential that they have been desperately needing for so very long.

The other guy that we are all pumped about is first round pick Kenny Britt.  There is no way of knowing how much he will be on the field until we see what his progress looks like in camp.  One thing we do know is that rookies have a hard time getting on the field under Jeff Fisher.  Britt has said that he is already spending a ton of time studying the playbook.  That bodes well for him.

The Rest

Lavelle Hawkins better spend some time of his own in the playbook if he plans on seeing the field in 2009.

Hopefully either Dominique Edison or Dudley Guice will pan out to be a solid player.  Both guys are products of spread option college offenses but both have freakish skills that could make them big play receivers.

Paul Williams, Chris Davis and Craphonso Thorpe should be looking for "career changes" this summer.