NASHVILLE – Memorial Day weekend is finally here, and this time next week we'll be able to say: "Training camp starts next month."
But let's not wish the days away.
Let's get into another Titans mailbag…
Seif Hussein from Cairo, Egypt
Question: Hey Jim. Massive fan but I'll get straight to the point. We haven't had decent wide receivers since Derrick Mason and Drew Bennett. It seems like that position is one injury away from always being below average. And honestly I want to trust Corey Davis - I just don't want him to be another Kenny Britt. Thoughts?
Jim: Hey Seif. Good to hear from you in Egypt! I think you're selling a few guys short. There have been some good receivers since the days of Mason and Bennett. Kendall Wright wasn't able to keep it going, but he did have a 94-catch, 1,079-yard season. Nate Washington had 1,023 receiving yards on 74 catches one year, and he had some other solid seasons. Rishard Matthews was solid in 2016 and had his moments. Were they Pro Bowlers? No. Were they "decent"? Yeah. But I get where you're going. The Titans need to be better at the position, and I believe the team is on its way. Corey Davis made strides in 2018, Adam Humphries has proven to be a reliable pro and A.J. Brown has big potential. The team should have its best receiving corps in a long time for sure.
Bobby Turnbow from Dyersburg, Tennessee
Question: Hey Jim. My question is about the draft. Which draft pick do you see having the biggest impact for the Titans in 2019?
Jim: In time, Jeffery Simmons. But you said 2019, so I'm going with A.J. Brown.
Steven Crosio from Brick New Jersey
Question: Now that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers released Gerald McCoy should we go and get him since Jeffery Simmons will be out for half the year?
Jim: Says the fan base of every team … I'm not taking this question lightly, Steven. I'm just kidding with you, and I know not every team has a situation like the Titans do with Simmons. Right now we don't know when or if he'll play in 2019. But every team would love to have a guy like McCoy on the d-line. The guy is a three-time All-Pro and a six-time Pro Bowler. He has 54.5 career sacks. So sure, I think a guy like McCoy would be a great add, not just for the Titans, but any team. But a lot is going to be up to his market, the $$$, and where he wants to play, just like any big-time free agent out there. I've already seen the Browns, Ravens, Bengals and Colts being listed in the mix and I'm sure others are monitoring. Heck, a report out there yesterday has 10 teams interested ...
Preston Williamson from Nashville, Tennessee
Question: Hey Jim, I have a few questions and I would love to hear your opinion. First, I was wondering if you could see J Rob going out and getting one of these free agent defensive tackles to play until Jeffery Simmons is 100 percent? Also, I am completely aware of the statements that Jon Robinson has said about our quarterback situation but could you see a potential QB battle between MM8 and Ryan Tannehill closer to the season if they don't like what they see? Thanks for your time. TITAN UP⚔️💙.
Jim: Hey Preston. Not ruling it out as far as adding a DT goes. But whether it's a stop-gap guy or someone who could be around for a while, well, we'll just have to see. I know some fans are clamoring for McCoy, but I suspect he's going to have a lot of options. As for the QB situation, it's even simpler: Mariota is the starter and Tannehill is the back-up.
Caden DeLeon from Lakeland, Florida
Question: My first question is regarding the recently cut Gerald McCoy. He might be sign before you see this but I was wondering if there was any inside buzz about this? Also he seems to check all the boxes (locker room, prior production, and would be short term), a one-year 10 mil deal would seem ok to me but I'm not J-rob so we'll see. That would also give us a Compensatory pick, which would be good to have our back pocket. Alright that was question 1 and I only have one more that is also kinda lengthy so he I go. I read almost every article posted by our sources (music city miracles, titans sized, etc) and they all seem to have the thought of Derrick Henry not being here next year. This scares me, I was wondering if you see this as true also. I know there were rumors of trading him back at the trade deadline but he was playing "trash" as he said. I know RB isn't impossible to replace but I thought he was very good late season. Lastly what would a new contract look like for him? Hope all is well and Best wishes from Florida
Jim: Hey Caden. Well, there sure is a lot of buzz in the mailbag about this. As for his contract, I think that's a big part of it. I'm sure he'd like a long-term deal, so that could be a sticking point at some places. If he's willing to sign a one-year deal, like Ndamukong Suh, obviously that makes him attractive to even more teams. As for Henry's future, well, his contract is up after the 2019 season, so that's where that speculation is coming from I imagine. My thinking on Derrick is what happens with him moving forward – where he plays, how much he gets paid -- depends on how he performs in 2019.
Paul Franchina from West Valley City, Utah
Question: Hey Jim. Just an opinion here and I would like your opinion on this. Could you imagine the Titans signing Gerald McCoy for a 1 year prove it deal around 8 million then also trading for Leonard Williams since there has been rumors. If we could pull that off that would give Simmons plenty of time to rehab and have depth in our front seven. Thank you for your time.
Jim: No Paul, I really can't imagine all of this happening…
Jimmy Dee from Battle Ground, Washington
Question: There's a lot of media talk about the Titans should sign Gerald McCoy and I just want to say that I think it's a bad idea. As you know, I think the Titans need to find a 1-year upgrade player for the DL but I think the Titans should find a less expensive option to upgrade the DL than McCoy would be. He might be the best available DL right now but there are 2 problems with him: 1) He's getting older and he's in decline. While he played well last year, once a player reaches 31 years old his play can drop off quickly in just one off-season. So his production could drop sharply in 2019. 2) His PAST elite play means he will expect to be paid too much money, and he'll probably get it. I think the team should pass on him. The team needs to save cap space to sign the team's own veterans who need to be re-signed in 2020. I think that the team can afford to spend some money on a DL upgrade but not as much money as Gerald McCoy would receive. I'm hoping the team can find a 1-year upgrade for about $6 million to $8 million tops.
Jim: Another man's opinion …
Brad Smith from Birmingham, Alabama
Question: I hear a lot of fans talk about how we still need more pass rush help... but are people sleeping on Rashaan Evans as a possible pass rusher or rotational edge guy? Especially if we expect Brown and Woodyard to be the starting ILBs. I think Evans and Wake rotating opposite of Landry with a bunch of young depth behind them doesn't sound all that bad to me. (and I want Evans on the field as much as possible) What do you think?
Jim: I agree with you on the impact Evans could have moving forward. In the open OTA this week, he busted through the middle and got to the QB in a flash. He's going to see his role expanded, and he's going to make more plays.
Scott Taylor from Dayton, Ohio
Question: Hello Jim. I would like to thank you for all that you do to keep us TITANS fans up to date on all TITANS info. Hope you and your family are doing good? I have a question about the O-line if the TITANS are not picking up J. Conklin 5th yr why don't they let D. Kelly take the rt tackle spot? I truly thought that Kelly did a great job every time he played I understand that he is a plug-n-play guy just didn't know if the team had other plans for him or??? Again thanks for everything you do to keep us TITANS fans informed always look forward to reading your comments and answer
Jim: Hey Scott. Thanks. Family is great – kids are home from college and the Wyatt household is hopping again. With Conklin not practicing, you can probably guess who is manning the right tackle spot right now. Dennis Kelly has proven to be a great acquisition, and you can be sure he's in the mix. We'll have to wait and see when Conklin is able to come back, but the team has a reliable pro in Kelly. I wouldn't rule him out in the competition, because I know coaches and the GM think a lot of him.
Kilroy Caldwell from Blues Hill, Tennessee
Question: Long-time reader, first-time writer. So right to it: What the heck does OTA's stand for?
Jim: Organized Team Activities. Each team is allowed 10 of them during the offseason, in addition to a mandatory three-day minicamp. The OTAs are voluntary, and so far the team has had three of 10 with three more scheduled for the next week.
Have a great weekend everyone!