The Tennessee Titans drafted Adoree’ Jackson and Corey Davis in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Davis was the first wide receiver taken in the draft that year and much was expected of him and as far as Jackson, his versatility as a player was lauded. Fast forward to the offseason before their fourth seasons and they are going in different directions.
Recently, the Titans decided to exercise the fifth-year option for Jackson and declined to pick up an option for Davis that was over $15 million, leaving him a free agent after this upcoming season in Nashville.
For Davis, this decision should not come as a shock but what should concern him and others in his camp is the inconsistent play on the field. Davis has speed, size and catches the ball pretty well. What he never has had is the ability to put it all together on a consistent basis.
Davis has yet to have one 1,000 yard receiving season as a member of the Tennessee Titans. Some may see that as not that big a deal since he plays for a team that has a run-first offense but rookie A.J. Brown came in and got 1,000 yards receiving in his debut campaign.
With this being a pivotal season in Davis’ career, he has two options. One is that he could step up and be the a consistent weapon for the Titans offensively. Besides Tajae Sharpe, Davis was their best wide receiver when it came to third downs. If he can take that success and build on it this season, then he will do well for himself whether it be in Nashville or elsewhere.
On the flipside, Davis could continue to be that inconsistent figure lining up on the outside for Tennessee. Over his time in Nashville, he has only caught a little under half of the passes thrown his way and he has only got in the endzone six times. Not exactly what was expected when he was drafted.
Each year he has a couple of explosive games and then games where he disappears. If this pattern keeps up, he could be on his way out after the 2020 season and his name will be compared to other wide receivers that were first-round picks for the Titans that didn’t pan out: Kevin Dyson and Kendall Wright.
The Titans got further than they were expected to last year and this year so now the expectation to some fans is that they are going to make it back there and beyond. While that may not be the most realistic, what is known is there will be tough road ahead. The Titans will need Davis to be at his best to make that happen.
For his career and his pockets, the upcoming season has a lot riding on it.