With Delanie Walker and third-round pick Jonnu Smith occupying two roster spots, the Titans probably prefer to keep at least one tight end who specializes in blocking. Amaro doesn't fit the bill and may thus find himself looking for a third NFL team ahead of his fourth professional season. The 2014 second-round pick had 38 receptions as a rookie with the Jets, but he missed all of 2015 with a torn labrum and caught only three passes in three games with Tennessee last season.
Selected in the third round of this year's draft at No. 72 overall, Taylor saw his rookie-year prospects take a major hit in June when the Titans signed Eric Decker, who largely worked out of the slot in New York the past two seasons. Decker is perfectly capable of playing outside, but with Rishard Matthews and No. 5 overall pick Corey Davis also on the roster, the 30-year-old mostly figures to operate inside. Despite his strong performance this offseason, Taylor likely will be left to battle Tajae Sharpe (foot) and Harry Douglas for the No. 4 receiver job, with the rookie seemingly ticketed for the slot role in 2018 after Decker's one-year contract expires.
Matthews will be part of a much deeper position group in 2017, Jason Wolf of The Tennessean reports.
The Titans opted not to re-sign slot receiver Kendall Wright, but they then drafted Corey Davis in the first round and Taywan Taylor in the third round, later adding Eric Decker in June when he was released by the Jets. In an offense already featuring TE Delanie Walker and RBs DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry, there is suddenly a ton of competition for touches. Marcus Mariota's continued development should mean there's a bit more production to go around, but Matthews is still unlikely to match the kind of volume he saw over last season's final eight weeks, when he scored six touchdowns while averaging 4.8 catches for 73.5 yards on 8.8 targets per game. Decker's presence in the red zone could prove especially problematic for Matthews' scoring production, as the former Jet has caught 51 touchdown passes in 81 games since the end of his rookie season. To be fair, Matthews was one of the league's most efficient red-zone receivers last year, catching 12 of his 15 targets in the area, with five of his six targets inside the 10-yard line converted into scores.
Teammate Delanie Walker believes Smith can be a star in the NFL, USA Today's Jason Wolf reports. "One day [Smith] will be better than me," said Walker. "And that's his ultimate goal. And if he didn't feel that way, I wouldn't want him here."
Selected in the third round (No. 100 overall) of this year's draft, Smith has drawn comparisons to Walker and Jordan Reed, with his athleticism and pass-catching skill making up for a lack of ideal height for his position. At 6-foot-3, 248 pounds, Smith is actually closer to the league prototype than Walker or Reed, suggesting he could eventually develop into a capable in-line tight end who stays on the field in all situations. For the time being, Smith likely will be brought along slowly behind the 33-year-old Walker, though the rookie could have a limited role from the jump due to the Titans' affinity for two-TE formations. After averaging 4.1 catches per game in his four seasons at FIU, the 21-year-old impressed at the Combine by finishing second among tight ends in the vertical jump, 20-yard shuttle and 60-yard shuttle, also showing well in the 40-yard dash (4.62) and broad jump (127 inches).
Muhammad will look to contribute on special teams this season for the Titans, Jason Wolf of The Tennessean reports. "Most definitely I'm looking forward to special teams in general," Muhammad noted. "Special teams, that's something that impacts the game. It's very crucial in the game, so going out there and being electrifying and making a play and sparking up a team, that's something special and I can't wait."
A seventh-round selection in April's NFL Draft, Muhammad is one of the fastest backs in his class, boasting a 4.34 40-yard dash at California's Pro Day workout this past spring. However, with DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry already receiving the bulk of the carries on offense, it will be tough for the rookie to find reps on offense. Instead, the Titans plan to utilize Muhammad's speed on the special teams, where he has an opportunity to take over return responsibilities. He'll have to beat out veteran Eric Weems in training camp, who the team signed in March.