Let's kick off our weekend Tennessee Titans mailbag with a question from Grant, who wants to know how the the team will spread the ball around with their abundance of offensive playmakers.
How do split the ball up with so many weapons and young players (Henry, Smith, Taylor, Davis and McBride) looking so well along the vets?— Grant Sacko Brasher (@GrantDBrasher) August 6, 2017
Grant, it's weird that's this has become a minor issue after the Titans faced a dearth of receivers in recent years. It's a testament to general manager Jon Robinson attacking his team's weakness with ferocity.
The splash additions happened at receiver, where veteran Eric Decker, first-round pick Corey Davis and third-round pick Taywan Taylor could fill three of the Titans' top four spots. Decker is already developing great chemistry with quarterback Marcus Mariota and should be a starter in the slot once Davis is healthy enough to start on the outside. Veteran Rishard Matthews will also have a significant role as the other starting receiver and one who already has a connection with Mariota.
Beyond that core group, Delanie Walker proved in Saturday night's scrimmage he will continue to be a big piece of the Titans' offense. He had four big catches, including a touchdown on a key drive. Tight end and third-round pick Jonnu Smith has looked impressive as well and had a couple of touchdowns Saturday.
"The big thing for us is putting the puzzle together and seeing how the pieces will fit," Titans offensive coordinator Terry Robiskie said. "It's putting five guys on the field and seeing how they'll match up."
There won't always be enough of the ball for all the receivers, especially when the Titans' exotic smash-mouth offense starts and finishes with DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry running down the defense's throat.
Integration and cohesiveness will be the biggest challenge. It'll test the Titans' team-first mantra and depend on selfless players willing to see their stats drop to win.
"We want to have six, seven, eight guys. We don't want a guy," Robiskie said. "We want two or three guys we hand the ball to that ran for 2,200 together. We want three or four guys that catch 250 passes and 25 touchdowns."
The infusion of talent was undoubtedly needed. The Titans finished 25th in passing yards per game (221.3) in 2016. Opposing defenses would load the box and force Mariota to beat them with his arm. Sometimes he did, but more times than not his receivers would let him down.
There will be incumbents left off the roster. It's a problem good teams have. Veteran Harry Douglas and injured second-year receiver Tajae Sharpe could be among those on the bubble depending on how many receivers the Titans keep.