The Tennessee Titans head into their bye week with a 3-4 record and still with many question marks with nine games left.
Nowhere are those questions bigger than in the passing game, where the Titans wide receivers have yet to deliver any consistency. There have been occasional splashes, such as Corey Davis’ big day of nine catches for 161 yards against the Eagles, or Tajae Sharpe’s seven-catch 101-yard effort Sunday against the Chargers in London.
But the plague of drops and the inconsistency of this group of young wideouts has served to bring down a passing game that has had its troubles, especially in the red zone.
The trade deadline is this week, but as of right now, there don’t appear to be any prospects on the horizon of a deal involving the Titans.
However, that doesn’t mean that the Titans don’t have options.
The Jets’ release of Terrelle Pryor last week puts a quality wide receiver on the market, somewhat unexpectedly. The Jets said they released Prior due to a groin injury, as they promoted Titans 2018 training camp standout Deontay Burnett to the active roster to take his place. The Jets also said they were open to Pryor returning when healthy. However, the Jets instead brought in receiver Rishard Matthews, who walked away from the Titans a month ago, into their fold this week. For all intents and purposes, Matthews probably inherits whatever role Pryor had in New York.
As for the Titans side of that, Pryor, while not the 1,000-yard receiver he was for the Browns two years ago, is worth a look for Tennessee. Pryor, just before his release by the Jets, had caught five passes for 57 yards and a touchdown two weeks ago against the Colts. He also caught a 20-yard TD pass the week before that against Denver, and in week two had four receptions for 84 yards against Miami.
The groin injury is a concern for the Titans or any team that might inquire about Pryor. But from what I’m told, there is the belief that Pryor, 29, could be worth a look once the injury concern is behind him.
Will the Titans be among the team to bring Pryor in for a workout? That remains to be seen. But if he is healthy sooner rather than later, then the bye week or soon after might not be a bad time to take a look.
Pryor, while his contributions to the offense would be most important, also would bring a settling veteran presence into a room filled with second and third-year guys still trying to find their own way more so than they are able to lead the others.