Tennessee Titans coach Mike Mularkey was asked at the NFL Combine last month about what role wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham would play in the offense in 2016.
Mularkey turned that question around and pointed things right back to Green-Beckham in giving his answer.
“A lot of that will depend on Dorial, when he comes in, what he’s done up to this point,” Mularkey said.
DGB has apparently taken Mularkey’s comments to heart in the off-season, saying he uses that as motivation to be ready for the upcoming season and to make even more of a contribution in the Titans offense.
“I feel like them saying that is them giving a challenge to me and saying to me that working in the off-season and (they’re) using that to get my head into motivation,” Green-Beckham said. “That motivates me that I can become one of the big guys in this offense and on this team. I want to try to do that for myself also. I use that as motivation every time I go and work out. That’s what I’m trying to become is the person they want me to become.”
While the Titans have added Rishard Matthews as a free agent and might take a flier on a receiver in the draft next month, Green-Beckham believes he can be the team’s long sought-after No. 1 receiver.
“I see myself as being that No. 1 receiver, because I know that I can help this offense. I know that I can do big things,” DGB said. “That’s my motivation, to go out in the off-season and work hard and try to become that No. 1 receiver and go out there and just dominate. That’s my motivation right now.”
Green-Beckham spent time working out this off-season in Phoenix, but has since returned to Nashville and said he has been a regular working out at the facility. He said his goal is to play at 230 pounds and said he isn’t far off that weight right now.
“I want to play at 230 during the season and I’m still in the 230 range right now. So far the off-season has been going good with me staying in shape and conditioning, so when I come back, I won’t have any problems,” he said.
Green-Beckham said he has been in communication with Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota this off-season, as well as with some of the team’s other receivers. The group all plans to get together in a few days to do some informal work before the off-season program starts on April 18.
“I’ve talked to Marcus. We’ve all talked in a group chat. Marcus is going to come back here in the next couple of days and we’ll all get back together as receivers, get back and throw the ball around,” Green-Beckham said.