The Titans are activating Rishard Matthews off of PUP and adding Michael Campanaro to IR today.
Receiver updates in Tennessee: Rishard Matthews has passed his physical and is off PUP, while Michael Campanaro has been placed on IR.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) August 26, 2018
This is obviously good news for the Titans passing game as they get their leading wide receiver back with enough time to get him up at least partially back in the swing of things before the regular season starts in two weeks.
Where Matthews slots in will be interesting. The guess here would be that he’s the starting receiver across from Corey Davis in 2-wide receiver sets. It’s hard to say who moves to the slot when they go to 11 personnel though. In practices and the preseason we have seen Nick Williams working in the slot with the first team offense while Davis, Tajae Sharpe, and Taywan Taylor have worked outside for the most part. Will Matt LaFleur stick with a dedicated slot wide receiver like Williams between Davis and Matthews or will he try to get the best three receivers on the field and bump a guy like Davis, Matthews, or Taylor in to the slot? That’s one of the biggest questions left heading in to the regular season.
Adding Campanaro to the injured reserve means that the Titans could hold on to his rights during the season without using a roster spot. It also means that Nick Williams or Deontay Burnett’s odds of making the 53-man roster increase. Williams has to be considered the prohibitive favorite at this point, but Burnett has an outside chance as well.