The Tennessee Titans signed free-agent wide receiver Eric Decker to a one-year deal on Sunday, adding him to an already good-looking core of receivers the Titans have put together for quarterback Marcus Mariota.
The Decker addition makes the Titans the most dangerous team in the AFC. Now, most dangerous does not mean best by any means. The Titans have the ability now to win the AFC South by a record that is not 8-8 or 9-7. Tennessee could probably upset the Oakland Raiders in a head-to-head matchup and may have the ability to beat the New England Patriots at this point. Right, it’s June 18. Let’s slow down.
Mariota has trended upward since he went on a bit of a hot streak in the middle of the season. He finished in the middle of the pack in Pro Football Focus’ 2016 rankings, but the remark that he is trending upward is a huge step in the right direction. Mariota now has a downfield asset in rookie Corey Davis, a solid route runner in Decker and returning receivers Harry Douglas and Tajae Sharpe in his arsenal. Players that could be used to take out top teams and win the division.
Not to mention that Mariota has a one-two punch in the backfield in DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry as well. Having that mix of the running game has been proven to be effective across the NFL and the Titans should find the same successes that others teams have had.
Tennessee may still be one year out of a conference championship run. The defense is not the best by any means and Mariota has to work on turnover-worthy throws. But the Titans enter the conversation now as dangerous. Stranger things have happened in football. Tennessee looks for real this upcoming 2017 season.