Depth Chart Analysis: Tennessee Titans Wide Receivers

Last season the Tennessee Titans proved that while they are a run first offense, they have a talented group of wide receivers.  They had three receivers who emerged as potential “go-to” guys, with the potential to put up a big game in any given week.

The problem?  Fantasy owners never knew which one to trust, because if they weren’t the main target of Vince Young that week, they often lacked any real production.

Entering the 2010 campaign the Titans have the potential to have the same exact problem.  Barring a holdout from Chris Johnson, they are going to be a team geared towards running the football.  Young, who is still developing as a pocket passer, needs a strong running game to open things up through the air.

The question is, can any of the receivers take the next step and emerge from the pack?  Could anyone turn into a reliable option week in and week out?  Let’s take a look:

Kenny Britt
A first round draft pick in 2009 out of Rutgers, Britt probably has the most talent and long-term potential of the group.  While he was fourth on the team in receptions (42 vs. the Chris Johnson’s 50 to lead the team), he led the team in yards with 701.  His 16.7 yards/reception ranked him ninth in the league last year among receivers with at least 30 catches.

With big plays came first downs, as 34 of his catches resulted in a first down, the third highest percentage (81.0%) among receivers with at least 30 catches.

At 6’3″, he has the size to make catches over defensive backs.  With a 4.4 40-yard dash, he has the speed to run by them.

He had two weeks where he caught seven passes, both leading to his only two 100-yard games.  As he adjusts to the NFL game, those types of weeks could become more and more frequent.

There’s certainly a lot to like about Britt, though the outlook would probably be brighter for 2010 if he was in a higher-powered offense, or at least had a more dependable quarterback at the helm.  He’s not likely to emerge as one of the elite this season, but he’s certainly worth a look in the late rounds of your draft.

Nate Washington
One of the experienced receivers of the group, there was hope that Washington could emerge as a steady option in his first year in Tennessee.  He had never been given a chance to be a starting receiver in Pittsburgh, starting a total of seven games from 2006-2008.

Unfortunately, even with 15 starts, he never fully turned it on.  While he set a career high in receptions (47), his 569 yards were just the third most in his career.

While you could argue that the QB played a major role in that, the results just don’t sit well.  There’s a chance he loses his starting role, which would just further limit his value.  While he’s a WR worth watching on the waiver wire, he’s easily ignored on draft day.

Justin Gage
He’s been around long enough that we pretty much know what he is at this point, a dependable receiver who is not likely to be the leading man.  That doesn’t mean he’s not going to have his moments (he had 7 catches for 78 yards and 1 TD in Week 1 last season), but those bigger games are going to be few and far between.

Even if he overtakes Washington for the starting spot opposite Britt, he’s not likely to have value.

Damian Williams
I touched on him when discussing the Top 5 Rookie WR for 2010 (click here to view), and the fact of the matter is that it’s going to take a lot for the third round pick to really break through and make an impact.  It’s expected that his bigger impact comes in the return game this year, meaning he’s not worth considering.

What are your thoughts on the Titans WR?  Is anyone worth drafting as a starter?  Do you think any of them are fantasy viable in 2010?

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