Tennessee Titans coach Mike Mularkey said he doesn’t believe the team’s wide receiver corps is unnecessarily thin with the recent flurry of transactions at the position.
In case you’re keeping count, the Titans in the past week or so have gotten injured Corey Davis and Eric Decker back on the practice field, put Tajae Sharpe on injured reserve, lost Tre McBride on waivers to the Bears in final cuts, cut Eric Weems and then brought him back a day later and placed Harry Douglas on IR to make room.
What that means is that Tennessee enters the opening game Sunday against Oakland with five wide receivers total. Veteran Rishard Matthews and rookie Taywan Taylor were completely healthy throughout camp, Davis and Decker are coming off injuries, Davis especially as a rookie who missed all of preseason, could be limited for a while. And Weems now becomes the fifth receiver though his role will be primarily on special teams.
As for Davis, he increased his workload in practice Monday, but still will only be in in certain situations and packages on Sunday.
“There won’t be a number count. We’ll have him in on specific situations and see where he goes from there. I’m not going to show our hand, what we’re going to do with him,” Mularkey said.
With Decker, Mularkey indicated that he could have played Thursday in the preseason finale with his injured ankle, but the decision was made to hold him out until the regular season as a precaution.
For his part, Davis, the fifth overall pick in this year’s draft, is eager to contribute whatever he can after missing all of the preseason and most of camp with a strained hamstring.
“I want to prove my worth any way possible,” Davis said. “I want to go out there and compete, compete with the best. It was tough sitting out, but that’s just the way it had to be. When my opportunity comes, I’m going to make the best of it.”
Regarding Douglas’ situation, Mularkey said that right now surgery is not an option on Douglas’ knee, but that he could be out for up to six weeks with the injury.
“We’re going to try and let him heal on his own. We have talked about surgery on it. It’s not for a year, that type of injury, but at least a six-week injury,” Mularkey said. “It’s enough (that) he hasn’t practiced in a week, and he won’t until we bring him back. It’s enough that we decided IR was best for him.”