Sharpe hauled in one of his two targets for 14 yards in Week 2 against the Texans.
After posting 58 snaps on offense Week 1, Sharpe's snaps fell to 28 in Week 2. That was due at least in part to allow Taywan Taylor onto the field, though the Titans also employed a conservative offense with backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert leading the team. The pecking order at receiver behind Corey Davis remains murky, so even after Marcus Mariota returns, it will be difficult to trust that Sharpe will see a high-volume of targets.
Sharpe, who missed all of the 2017 season due to a stress fracture in his right foot, has recovered from the injury and is now up to the 200-pound range, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.
Per the report, that's at least a half-dozen pounds up from the wideout's rookie playing weight. The 2016 fifth-rounder is hoping that the added bulk on his 6-foot-2 frame will help him with both his route running and releases off the line of scrimmage. Additionally, Titans receivers coach Rob Moore noted that the extra strength has made Sharpe a better blocker. Sharpe logged 41 catches (on 83 targets) for 522 yards and two touchdowns in 2016, but his immediate path to targets is impeded by the presence of fellow receivers Corey Davis, Rishard Matthews and Taywan Taylor. On the plus side, Sharpe's ability to play either on the outside or slot gives him the versatility to replace any of the pass catchers above him on the depth chart in the event that they miss time.
Sharpe looked good at Monday's practice, getting plenty of first-team work in the absence of Rishard Matthew (undisclosed), Erik Bacharach of The Nashville Tennessean reports.
With Matthews held out of practice since May and the Titans still not providing any details, it's more than fair to wonder if the veteran wideout will be ready for Week 1. Sharpe, Taywan Taylor, Michael Campanaro (undisclosed) and Darius Jennings have all seen work alongside Corey Davis in the first-team offense, with new offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur exploring various combinations. Sharpe made the strongest impression of the bunch during Thursday's preseason opener in Green Bay, catching one pass for 20 yards on two targets. While a starting job may be up for grabs, it probably won't come with a lot of targets in an offense built around Davis, TE Delanie Walker and RBs Derrick Henry and Dion Lewis.
Robinson also mentioned Rishard Matthews, Corey Davis and Taywan Taylor as key members of the 2018 receiving corps, noting that he doesn't feel the need to make any marquee additions at wideout. With Mathews and Davis seemingly locked in as starters, Sharpe likely is just hoping for a chance to push Taylor for the No. 3 role. The 2016 fifth-round pick earned a starting job entering Week 1 of his rookie campaign, but he finished the year with only 522 yards on 83 targets (6.3 yards per target), and then missed all of 2017 after having foot surgery in June. Sharpe was cleared for workouts in February and should enjoy a normal offseason program. The Titans probably won't prioritize wide receivers in the draft, but it won't come as any surprise if they use a middle-round pick on the position.
Sharpe spent the entire 2017 season on injured reserve while recovering from June surgery to repair a stress fracture in his right foot. The 2016 fifth-rounder has tumbled down the depth chart ever since opening his rookie year in the starting lineup but -- with Eric Decker set to become an unrestricted free agent -- Sharpe could climb back up the totem pole and possibly compete with Taywan Taylor for the No. 3 role behind Rishard Matthews and Corey Davis with a strong showing in offseason workouts.
|3||9/23/18||@ JAC||1:00 pm|
|5||10/7/18||@ BUF||1:00 pm|
|7||10/21/18||@ LAC||9:30 am|
|Bye: Week 8|
|9||11/5/18||@ DAL||8:15 pm|
|11||11/18/18||@ IND||1:00 pm|
|12||11/26/18||@ HOU||8:15 pm|
|15||12/16/18||@ NYG||1:00 pm|