Davis' fifth-year option was not picked up by the Titans, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. The No.5 pick overall in 2017 has had a rocky start to his career and will now be eligible to hit free agency after the 2020 season. Davis was surpassed by rookie A.J. Brown as the lead dog in the Titans' passing game in 2019 and his targets plummeted from 112 in 2018 to just 69. The Titans declining Davis' fifth-year option doesn't preclude them from working out a new contract next offseason, but it does send a clear message that the former Western Michigan receiver needs to get things turned around in a hurry.
Davis will likely remain the Titans' second receiver after the team did not meaningfully add to the receiving corps in the draft. Davis could be in his final season with the Titans, but he should retain a regular role in the offense in 2020. The team elected to not beef up the receiving corps in free agency or the draft, leaving Davis as a starting outside receiver in two-receiver sets. He'll look to bounce back from a disappointing 2019 campaign, though he'll still have to compete for targets with A.J. Brown and Adam Humphries.
Davis isn't likely to have the fifth-year option on his rookie contract picked up, John Glennon of The Athletic reports. The option would cost approximately $15.8 million, and while it's guaranteed for injury only, the Titans would be taking a big risk using it on a player with a career average of 44.5 receiving yards per game. Davis did finish 2019 with career highs for catch rate (62.3 percent) and yards per target (8.7), but he saw 43 fewer targets than he had in 2018, with the Titans offense running through Derrick Henry and A.J. Brown. Assuming the option isn't picked up, the 25-year-old wideout will be in the final season of his rookie contract in 2020.
Davis hauled in five of his eight targets for 65 yards in Sunday's 35-24 loss to the Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game. Davis led the team in receptions and receiving yards, posting one of his better lines of the season. Three of his five catches went for 15 or more yards, including a pair in the fourth quarter. It was a fairly strong end to a disappointing campaign for Davis, as he was surpassed as the team's top receiver by rookie A.J. Brown. Davis will look to get back on track this offseason as he heads into the final guaranteed season of his rookie deal.
Davis secured one of two targets for a three-yard touchdown in the Titans' 28-12 divisional-round win over the Ravens on Saturday. Davis' one reception was a memorable one, as he was on the receiving end of a nifty Derrick Henry jump touchdown pass just past the midway point of the third quarter. That extended the Titans' lead back to two possessions after the Ravens had seemingly built momentum at the end of the first half. Davis' minuscule involvement is naturally far from ideal from a fantasy perspective, but on a night when Ryan Tannehill completed just seven passes, the one grab doesn't look as unsightly. Davis will look to make an even bigger impact in next Sunday's AFC Championship Game versus either the Texans or Chiefs.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|16||12/28||@Green Bay Packers||12||19.22|
|3 Year Avg||82||47||622||2||32||13.23||75|