Vast receivers Corey Davis, Adam Humphries and Cam Batson, together with tight finish MyCole Pruitt, are among the many 13 gamers on the reserve/COVID-19 listing, courting again to Sept. 24. Davis shall be out, and Humphries and Batson — who each went on the reserve/COVID-19 listing on Oct. 2 — are unlikely to be accessible.
On prime of that, second-year participant A.J. Brown missed the previous two video games due to a bone bruise on his knee. Brown is listed as questionable after being a full participant in observe Saturday. If Brown is unable to go and Davis and Humphries aren’t cleared to return, the Titans’ beginning receivers could possibly be Kalif Raymond and Nick Westbrook-Ikhine — neither of whom has began an NFL recreation.
Not having Davis or Humphries towards the Payments could be a blow to Tennessee’s passing recreation. Ryan Tannehill has related with Davis and Humphries 15 occasions to this point this season, which ties them for essentially the most receptions on the group. Batson has two receptions, however he was on the sphere for 32% of the Titans’ offensive snaps.
Maybe the largest subject for the Titans shall be discovering somebody to interchange Humphries’ manufacturing from the slot. Humphries has develop into a safety blanket for Tannehill, particularly on third downs, when his 75% catch fee helps the group transfer the chains.
The quarterback has achieved a strong job getting everyone involved, as proven by the 11 gamers who’ve a reception by way of three video games.
“We’re going to be down a couple of guys, but it surely additionally raises an enormous alternative for some guys which have been with us,” Tannehill stated. “We have now some younger receivers. So, large alternative for these guys. I’ve a ton of confidence and we have been with them since coaching camp, so excited to see what they do on Tuesday.”
The rookie Westbrook-Ikhine hasn’t made his first reception, however he’ll get to be extra concerned within the recreation plan this week. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound receiver provides Tannehill an enormous goal to look to within the passing recreation.
Westbrook-Ikhine and Raymond will line up as outdoors receivers for many reps. Raymond is the only receiver when Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith seems to be to generate large performs within the passing recreation with 13 personnel (1 RB, 1 WR, Three TEs). Smith dialed up play-action passes twice for 41-yard and 61-yard catches by Raymond to arrange touchdowns within the Titans’ Week 3, 31-30 win over the Minnesota Vikings.
Pruitt’s receiving potential is one other issue that contributes to the effectiveness of Tennessee’s 13 personnel bundle within the passing recreation.
#Titans OC Arthur Smith has been very artistic discovering methods to successfully go the ball with 13 personnel. This is a technique he set TE MyCole Pruitt up for a purple zone TD from Ryan Tannehill. The Titans will not have Pruit this week, so anticipate to see Geoff Swaim. pic.twitter.com/IiVmieM6QG
— TURRON DAVENPORT (@TDavenport_NFL) October 12, 2020
Tight finish Geoff Swaim will see his first recreation motion with the Titans rather than Pruitt. Swaim can even must fill in for Pruitt by lining up within the backfield as an H-back and serving to block for Derrick Henry, as Tennessee can even be with out fullback Khari Blasingame.
Navigating the roster holes shall be troublesome, however GM Jon Robinson plans to make use of practice-squad gamers to assist fill the void.
“That has been a problem, but it surely’s one of many causes for the expanded practice-squad roster,” Robinson stated. “We inform these guys on a regular basis, ‘You by no means know when your quantity goes to be known as. On this setting of professional soccer and what we’re coping with, these guys have to remain prepared, keep vigilant. We’ll see the way it goes with roster strikes to get 48 guys that may get on the market.”
Anticipate to see practice-squad receivers Cody Hollister and Chester Rogers added to the energetic roster. Titans coach Mike Vrabel hinted at the potential of utilizing some unorthodox methods of dealing with a restricted roster.
“I do know that there shall be some guys that’ll have to tug some double responsibility for us as we put together and attempt to give one another a glance, largely the DBs must assist us out as broad receivers,” Vrabel stated on Oct. 6. “That is simply the place we’re at, however assured that we’ll have the proper variety of gamers at every place for the sport.”
Dealing with the Payments, one of many NFL’s hottest groups, shall be harder with a brief workers — however the Titans aren’t making any excuses.
“All of us perceive we’ve got a job to do, and that is the circumstances that we have been introduced with,” Vrabel stated.