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Pushing the Pocket: What to Make of Tajae Sharpe

Tajae Sharpe has been the big story of preseason so far. Fahey looks at his tape so far.

Marcus Mariota's wide receivers were bad last year.

Hakeem Nicks started for the Tennessee Titans through training camp and the preseason, yet he was released when the franchise trimmed its roster to 53. The Titans kept just four receivers before claiming others on cutdown day. Kendall Wright was the top receiver of that quartet. Wright is a good player when healthy but he has too often played at less than 100 percent throughout his career and he wasn't healthy last year. Justin Hunter was next in line because of his combination of talent and experience but Hunter has never lived up to his potential and he landed on IR midway through the year.

That left Mariota throwing to Dorial Green-Beckham and Harry Douglas. Douglas remains on the roster despite being incapable of creating his own separation, he caught a touchdown this past week against zone coverage after play action. Green-Beckham was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles for a backup offensive lineman because despite his reputation coming out of college, his hype could never overcome his complete inability to be in the right place at the right time.

Douglas, Wright and Hunter remain on the roster, but only Wright is close to the starting lineup. Of course, he's injured right now with a hamstring tear too so Douglas is taking over his reduced role in the slot.


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