The Tennessee Titans gave up on the potential of wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham Tuesday morning, dealing the second-year player to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for offensive lineman Dennis Kelly.
Green-Beckham, who had 32 catches for 549 yards and four touchowns as a rookie, showed flashes of being the type of No. 1 receiver the Titans organization had long coveted. However, his inability to show consistency cost him his starting spot early in organized team activities as he was passed on the depth chart at the X receiver position by rookie Tajae Sharpe, a fifth-round pick this year.
Green-Beckham, who sat out all of 2014 under NCAA transfer rules after being kicked off the team at Missouri and landing at Oklahoma, came to the Titans last year as a player that former Coach Ken Whisenhunt had apparently lobbied for.
DGB was a raw talent that showed considerable upside, but the Titans with new general manager Jon Robinson and head coach Mike Mularkey taking over this season, wanted to see consistency and commitment from the wide receivers, something that Green-Beckham had struggled with.
The trade further sends the message that consistency and reliability trumps talent and potential in the eyes of Mularkey and Robinson.
Green-Beckham reported to camp this summer at 228 pounds, down about 10 pounds or so from his playing weight as a rookie. But he still was inconsistent in his route-running and mastery of the offense.
The trade of Green-Beckham likely solidifies veteran Andre Johnson as making the Titans roster now, and potentially helps the case for receivers Justin Hunter, Harry Douglas and Tre McBride, all of whom are on the roster bubble.
Kelly, a fifth-year player, gives the Titans needed experience at the backup tackle position, something they have struggled with since the injury to Byron Bell in the off-season. Former undrafted free agent Josue Matias had been working as the backup tackle, but he is now out with a patella tendon injury in his knee and will miss the season.