The Ringer just posted an article detailing five units that could make the leap in 2017, just like the Atlanta Falcons offense did last year. I had a sneaky feeling that the Titans would be included in this, and they were.
Robert Mays correctly mentioned the offensive line as being the biggest reason for the Titans offensive uptick.
That out-of-nowhere improvement was made possible thanks largely to the offensive line, which was great in its first season together. Center Ben Jones isn’t quite the player Mack is in Atlanta, but his addition provided the same type of stabilizing impact. The Titans have to decide if they want to roll with career backup Josh Kline (who filled in for an injured Chance Warmack beginning in Week 3) and prioritize continuity up front, but in any case, this group should be the strength of the offense.
He mentions the need for Marcus Mariota to come back healthy and take the next step, but also mentions the need for an addition at receiver. Mays tosses out names like Alshon Jeffrey and Terrelle Pryor, but mentions DeSean Jackson as his favorite.
Names like Jeffery and Terrelle Pryor will probably be discussed, and one especially intriguing option is DeSean Jackson. Tennessee enjoys taking its shots (only Cam Newton and Jameis Winston averaged more air yards per attempt than Mariota last season), and Jackson would be able to provide that element at a cheaper price than the top receivers on the market.
I don’t think we’ve discussed Jackson enough on here. He’s a little inconsistent overall, but there is no doubt what he can do downfield. Instead of spending pick 18 on John Ross, why not pony up some cash (that the Titans can afford to spend) for Jackson? Just a thought worth pondering.
Anyways, if the Titans can give Marcus some speed at receiver and add a guy that can make some things happen after the catch, there’s no reason the Titans offense can’t take another step forward next year. It’s a really, really good time to be a Titans fan.