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The Tennessee Titans had some tough decisions to make this offseason. They brought back Derrick Henry and Ryan Tannehill and lost tackle Jack Conklin but one of harder decisions was to waive wide receiver Tajae Sharpe.
Eventually the decision was going to be made one way or the other and Sharpe finally made his move. The Minnesota Vikings decided to ink the veteran wide receiver to a one-year deal to try and help their wide receiver corps. And just like that, Sharpe is no longer a member of the Titans.
While his loss does not seem like a big one, he actually will be missed as a part of the Titans’ receiver corps. Although he only had 25 receptions this past season, it seemed like he was always available when the big catch was needed.
When it came to third down catches, he was one wide receiver that was depended on. For an offense that doesn’t pass the ball much and needs first downs to sustain drives, his presence and accountability on was huge and will be missed.
Another thing the Titans will miss out of Sharpe is his consistency when he played. As his career went on in Tennessee, it seemed like he got less playing time. The Titans may have been trying to replace him but his play never dictated that to be the case.
Despite lesser opportunities to catch passes this past season, Sharpe was second only to A.J. Brown for touchdown receptions this past season for wide receivers with four touchdowns.
In a run-first type offense, you need wide receivers with sure hands to make plays. Sharpe was a guy that could definitely make receptions when needed but he just wasn’t in the plans for the Titans this upcoming season.
Sharpe made the team as a seventh-round draft pick and against the odds, he became a key contributor his rookie season. It just seemed like the Titans didn’t ever have enough room for him to showcase his talent.
Going forward, it will be interesting to see who steps in to give them a sure-handed player at the wide receiver position.
Will Adam Humphries return to his 2018 form that led the Titans to sign him from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers or can Corey Davis rebound from a down year in 2019?
Will the Titans find someone late in free agency or the draft? These are all questions that will get answers one way or another this upcoming season.