With the first OTAs right around the corner for the Tennessee Titans, it is time to look at narrowing the roster rather than expanding it. The Tennessee Titans are actually a lot deeper with young talent than they have been in the past few years, so this should be a pretty competitive offseason.
This is a look at the current wide receiver situation with predictions on if they will make the final 53-man roster.
Dorial Green-Beckham- In
Dorial Green-Beckham has all the potential to be one of the best receivers in the league by the time his career finishes. With minimal wear and tear on his body thanks to a year off last year, he comes into the league without any major injuries or stamina issues.
Hopefully during that year he used his time wisely learning how to live with success and sharpening his game, and if everything goes according to plan then he should be a long term fit with the Tennessee Titans. This is a potential cornerstone player.
Kendall Wright- In
While Wright doesn't have the upside that DGB does, he is one of the most consistent and effective receivers in the game despite the misfortune of having bad quarterbacks throwing him the ball. If he is moved into the slot and Justin Hunter and DGB can be effective on the outside, then this then is a case where adding a player (DGB) can help a team across the board.
Justin Hunter- In
Hunter is a big, fast player who can be one of the best deep threats in the game...if he could catch the ball. I don't know what his issue is considering he wasn't prone to drops at the college level. No matter what the answer is, he needs to spend some time this offseason proving that he can catch the ball consistently or he may leave a promising career on the table.
Harry Douglas- In
If Kendall Wright and DGB/Hunter are playing outside, then Douglas should be able to jump in immediately and provide a nice bump in production at the slot position. Douglas is finally getting his chance to start at a parallel level with the other wide receivers on his team and show what he can do given the opportunity. This could turn out similar to what happened when the Titans brought in long time backup TE/FB Delanie Walker and turned him into a starter.
Tre McBride- In
McBride is an interesting player that may be the polar opposite of Justin Hunter. While he won't blow you away physically, the rookie wide receiver plays a lot bigger than he is listed and his feel to adjust to balls jumped off the screen when you watched him. He has a place on this football team and even if everyone else steps up their game he is still the fifth best receiver on the team.
Hakeem Nicks- In
I know this is a stretch, but I think that with Dexter McCluster taking over the KR/PR job and some running backs likely to be cut, there will be enough room for Nicks on this roster. The Tennessee Titans need veterans to help balance out a very young team, and Nicks is a player with Super Bowl experience that can speak to the rookies from a place of authority. If he doesn't act like a locker room leader then Ken Whisenhunt and company could always make an example out of him by cutting him, but I think his best fit is on the field.
Jacoby Ford/Josh Stewart/Clyde Gates/Andrew Turzill/Rico Richardson/Deon Long- Out
While Ford has a chance to stick on this roster, I don't see a spot for any of these other players. If they don't immediately jump out at camp then this coaching staff is going to give the younger guys more reps and see what they have in those player. Clyde Gates is another player I could see as a dark horse candidate to land a job, but after that there really isn't anything to see.