Tennessee is missing their number one pick, but other receivers on the Titans’ roster have stepped up in his place.
Rookie wide receiver Corey Davis is still recovering from a hamstring injury and is not expected to suit up for Monday night’s game. This year’s number five overall pick had a nice start to the season grabbing 6 balls for 69 yards, but has been sidelined since midway through the Titans game at Jacksonville.
Former seventh-round pick Rishard Matthews, while only six feet tall, has some big-play ability. Matthews has 20 receptions on the season for 284 yards. Matthews’ lone touchdown was a 55-yard touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 3.
Eric Decker, whose best seasons were in Denver receiving passes from Peyton Manning, has become Tennessee’s possession receiver. At 6’3″ 214 pounds, Decker provides a big target who can get those tough yards and move the chains. He has yet to score this season after having double-digit touchdown seasons in three of the past five years.
Taywan Taylor, the diminutive rookie receiver from Western Kentucky, has the same number of receptions as rushes so far this season. Look for Taylor to line up in the slot and be involved in jet sweeps or an end-around.
Two-time Pro Bowl tight end Delanie Walker‘s skills are undeniable. He can line up all over the field, providing matchup problems for opposing defenses. Since coming to Tennessee as a free agent in 2013, Walker has caught 23 touchdown passes. While Walker has yet to receive a TD pass this season, he did notch his first career rushing touchdown on a goal line score.
Eric Weems, Darius Jennings and Jonnu Smith fill out the Titans’ receiving corps. Outside of the possibility of Smith getting a target in the red zone, the impact of these players will likely be minimal.
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Walker is the type of player that gives defensive coordinators nightmares. Expect to see Walker in the backfield, in the slot, and set out wide. His versatility will challenge the Colts’ linebackers and safeties.
Rashaan Melvin and Vontae Davis will need to remain disciplined on the outside, as Rishard Matthews displayed a lot of athletic ability and acrobatics while hauling in that 55-yard touchdown against Seattle.
The absence of Corey Davis will definitely be felt by Tennessee. No other player on the Titans roster possesses his combination of size and speed.
Walker and Matthews have performed well in both of Tennessee’s wins this season. But if those two are held in check, Indianapolis may improve their record to 3-3.