So which receiver – or receivers – might benefit from Green-Beckham’s departure, keeping in mind the Titans are not likely to keep five on the final roster?
As for the veterans, it clears more room for guys like 31-year-old Harry Douglas and 35-year-old Andre Johnson. It seemed unlikely the Titans would keep both veterans – and that still may be the case – but it’s easier to make a case for that happening now.
The DGB trade could also breathe new life into Justin Hunter, a 2013 second-round pick who – like DGB – has suffered from inconsistency. Another player who benefits is Tre McBride, the second-year player out of William & Mary who spent last season on the practice squad. He wasn’t receiving much attention at the start of camp, but has come on strong over the last few weeks.
Titans WR Kendall Wright fell out of practice with a tweaked hamstring Tuesday, and we don't know if he'll be back when the team returns to action Thursday. Right now, when healthy, he's the slot receiver coming in to supplement outside guys Rishard Matthews and Tajae Sharpe.
Titans wide receiver Kendall Wright stood on the sideline, arms folded, watching the first team practice without him after suffering a left hamstring injury Tuesday on the fourth day of training camp, the second in pads.
Wright walked into the locker room early in the practice session and returned to the field a short time later, rejoining the wide receivers group, but did not participate in drills for the rest of the day. The Titans return to the practice field Thursday.
Wright, the team’s top wide receiver since being drafted in the first round (20th overall) in 2012, is expected to largely contribute from the slot this season. Veteran receiver Harry Douglas took Wright’s reps with the first team.
The emergence of 5th-round rookie WR Tajae Sharpe begs the question: What does it mean for veterans like Dorial Green-Beckham and Justin Hunter? Those players have been watching as Sharpe has lined up with the starters. Rishard Matthews has been the other outside receiver while Kendall Wright has been busy - and looked good - in the slot.
“I am hoping they are taking it personal, and they are going to come back in here in better shape, and better prepared and healthy and ready to go out of the gate,’’ Mularkey said when asked about Green-Beckman and Hunter. “(We want to see that) from the first practice on.”
This could just be a motivational ploy, but it's not like Green-Beckham has the sort of resume that buys hm a lot of leash when it comes to being in "better shape" or being "better prepared." DGB could be starting in Week 1, but the odds are less favorable than they were a month or two ago. Sharpe doesn't have a great athletic profile, but he has quickly ascended the Titans' depth chart. Owners looking for value may want to avoid DGB for the time being and target Rishard Matthews and/or Kendall Wright, who seem locked in as starters.
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But it appears unlikely the rookie quarterback will return to action for the season finale at Indianapolis.
“He did some things today that we hoped he would do and we’ll see how he feels from it tomorrow,” interim coach Mike Mularkey said. “... His health is No. 1 for us. He’s got a such a great future ahead of him. He’s got plenty of games, lots of games to go. We won’t expose him, at all, if there is anything there...
“Any bit of doubt, he will not play.”
Mularkey said he expects receiver Kendall Wright, who left the loss to Houston early with a knee injury, to practice Wednesday at least in limited fashion.
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Titans WR Kendall Wright (ribs, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 16. Wright was a low-end WR3 through the first eight weeks, but didn’t do much after returning in Week 12 and Week 13.
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Titans WR Kendall Wright (ribs) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday. Wright was a low-end WR3 through the first eight weeks, but didn’t do much after returning in Week 12 and Week 13.
Wright has missed the last two games with a rib injury.
“I am tired of being in the training room and ready to be out there,’’ Wright said. “It’s painful to watch when you want to be out there helping your teammates. It’s not something you want to do.”
Wright was the #35 WR in standard (and PPR) through the first eight weeks of the year, but his season has been derailed by injury.
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