The pantry is even more bare when trying to address needs at skill positions.The Titans filled out their 53-man roster by bringing up Cameron Batson. His familiarity in the offense will help make for a smooth transition [b][url=http://www.tennesseetitansteamonline.com/kenny-vaccaro-jersey]http://www.tennesseetitansteamonline.com/kenny-vaccaro-jersey[/url][/b] , but his productivity ceiling isn’t as high. Marcus Mariota and the Titans offense need more firepower - especially now that teams will aim to silence their most threatening offensive weapon in Corey Davis.Adding a dependable tight end may be of more value to the offense than adding a fourth or fifth depth chart receiver.Who’s available?Free Agent Tight EndsAs mentioned above, there aren’t a lot of unemployed tight ends looking for work - at least not any major names that would force teams to make moves.However, there are a few options the Titans should consider. Two of which are retired.Hear me out.The Titans could explore the option of adding either Julius Thomas or Martellus Bennett. These are options two and three of my free agent list. Thomas, who has some success catching footballs from Peyton Manning in Denver, retired to continue his education focusing on Psychology. Thomas never matched his Broncos production in either Miami or Jacksonville, but he still has the physical talent. However, his desire to compete may not be there.Bennett is a character. He’s worn multiple uniforms and was productive for every team he played for. He caught seven touchdowns in the 2016 season with New England and helped the Patriots to a Super Bowl championship. Bennett called it a career after a cup of coffee in Green Bay and a few more snaps in New England. Would Bennett be willing to lace up the cleats in Nashville? Probably not - but crazier things have happened. The final - and the most intriguing option in my opinion - would be a reunion with Anthony Fasano.Fasano ReunionFasano spent two season with the Titans before returning to a Dolphins team he spent five years with. The veteran tight end was a key piece in the 2016 Titans offense - especially his ability as a run blocker. Fasano is physical and helped Jack Conklin find his footing during his rookie season by aiding him in blocking schemes.Fasano also has a reliable set of hands - something the Titans could desperately use - especially at the tight end position. Gaudy numbers were never something Fasano did. He was more of a dirty-work guy that would capitalize on the few targets thrown in his direction. A lot of what Fasano could bring to the offense aren’t things that could be captured on the box statistics. Would Jon Robinson consider reaching out to Fasano? Would Fasano even consider coming back to Nashville?Fasano has mulled retirement, but nothing is official. Trading for a veteran is still a viable option, but if the team doesn’t wish to lose any draft capital, Fasano should be considered.At this point, it’s worth a phone call.It is time to believe in the Titans again I’m trying not to get too carried away in the emotion of yesterday’s dramatic 26-23 overtime walk-off win over the defending champion Eagles [b][url=http://www.tennesseetitansteamonline.com/derrick-henry-jersey]Womens Derrick Henry Jersey[/url][/b] , but how could I not? I was lucky enough to be there in person, and Marcus Mariota to Corey Davis was truly one of the greatest live sporting event moments I have ever experienced. When Davis latched on to the ball far above Eagles corner Avonte Maddox’s head, it was pandemonium. It was the kind of moment that we haven’t had enough of in Nashville over the past 10 years and that has left Titans fans with some strange emotional baggage as it relates to this team. Call it Battered Fan Syndrome or whatever you like, but it’s been around this franchise for far too long and it’s time for it to go. Gone are the “same old Titans”, a team so conservative and, frankly, boring that it ran off some of the fans that jumped on the bandwagon during that magical 1999 season. It’s time for those folks to come back.After one of the strangest opening games in NFL history, the Titans have won three in a row against the Texans, Jaguars, and Eagles. They’ve done it while dealing with injuries to their starting quarterback, left tackle [b][url=http://www.tennesseetitansteamonline.com/malcolm-butler-jersey]Authentic Malcolm Butler Jersey[/url][/b] , right tackle, and tight end. They’ve done it while dealing with their top wide receiver from 2016 and 2017 suddenly quitting after getting off to a poor start. They’ve done it with Eagles fans invading their home field by the thousands.The team took a chance when they fired Mike Mularkey following the team’s first playoff berth in 9 years and first playoff win in 14 years and replaced him with a rookie head coach who had only been coaching at the NFL level for 4 years. It’s still very early, but it sure looks like that chance is going to pay off.Mike Vrabel isn’t a perfect coach, but he’s already proven that he’s going to be aggressive and adaptable, two things that none of his Titans predecessors were. He’s also embracing analytics and looking for the small edges that can make or break close games. This excerpt from Peter King’s column this morning is telling about the kind of coach Mike Vrabel wants to be.Essentially, Mike Vrabel is the kind of coach that Titans have been complaining about NOT having for years. Another common complaint from Titans fans has been the lack of a true No. 1, go-to type wide receiver. Well that’s a thing of the past now too. Corey Davis’ 9 catch, 161 yard, 1 (massive game-winning) touchdown day loudly announced his entrance in to the WR1 category. Before you say “well, it’s just one game”, this performance had been bubbling under the surface for weeks. The offense just finally got healthy enough to catch up to what Davis was already doing. More big days like this are ahead.Davis’ success [b][url=http://www.tennesseetitansteamonline.com/marcus-mariota-jersey]http://www.tennesseetitansteamonline.com/marcus-mariota-jersey[/url][/b] , of course, is tied to his quarterback Marcus Mariota. The 4th year QB has shown franchise quarterback play at times during his career, but injuries and a revolving door of bad playcallers has slowed his development. However, with the game on the line, there have been few quarterbacks better than 8. Since the start of the 2017 season, no NFL QB has led more game winning drives than Mariota’s 6. His second half against the Eagles was as good as you’ll see. He looked comfortable, confident, and lethal, hurting Philadelphia with both his arm and his legs. The first full Mariota-LaFleur game should be considered nothing short of a smashing success. On the defensive side of the ball, Tennessee may be even better. Led by Pro Bowl defensive tackle Jurrell Casey — who is playing the best football of his career right now — the Titans have a talented and aggressive defense. Harold Landry, the team’s rookie edge rusher [b][url=http://www.tennesseetitansteamonline.com/quinton-spain-jersey]http://www.tennesseetitansteamonline.com/quinton-spain-jersey[/url][/b] , is showing flashes of game changing ability reminiscent of Jevon Kearse. His strip sack of Carson Wentz set up a field goal and helped fuel the Titans furious comeback. There is a lot to be excited about with this football team, and if all that wasn’t enough, they win at home. The Titans are 12-2 in their last 14 games at Nissan Stadium. The fans who do come out on Sundays have been leaving happy for the past couple years now. Its time to leave the old baggage of past Titans eras behind us and bring back the excitement that surrounded this team in 1999 and the early 2000’s. It’s time for Nissan Stadium to be filled with loud, rowdy Titans fans helping Landry and the other edge rushers get a jump on opposing tackles. As linebacker Will Compton said, you’re either for the boys, or you’re not. It’s time for Tennessee to be for the boys.
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