The Titans didn't draft any wideouts and merely signed Michael Campanaro (31 catches in 24 NFL games) as a replacement for Eric Decker. The front office apparently has confidence in Davis and Rishard Matthews atop the depth chart, with Campanaro, 2017 third-round pick Taywan Taylor and 2016 fifth-round pick Tajae Sharpe likely slated for the Nos. 3-5 spots in some order. Taken with the No. 5 overall pick last year, Davis was nursing an ankle injury at the time he was drafted, then dealt with a nagging hamstring injury throughout much of training camp and the regular season. He ended up catching 34 passes for 375 yards (and no touchdowns) on 65 targets in 11 regular-season games, but did at least finish the year with five receptions for 63 yards and a pair of touchdowns in a 35-14 playoff loss to the Patriots. The Titans are banking on sophomore-year improvement, with the talented wideout likely getting a boost from the presence of new offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur, formerly of the Rams. A lack of overall volume was part of the problem for Davis, Matthews and Marcus Mariota last season, with Tennessee ranking 29th in snaps per game (61.1) and 28th in pass attempts (31.0).
Davis could benefit from simpler route combinations under new offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur, ESPN.com's Cameron Wolfe reports.
Davis struggled through a rookie campaign defined by injuries and inefficiency, catching 34 of 65 targets for 375 yards (5.8 YPT) in 11 regular-season games, though he did haul in nine of 15 passes for 98 yards and two scores in two playoff appearances. Marcus Mariota had an abysmal 51.2 passer rating when targeting Davis, in part due to the No. 5 overall pick's inconsistent route running. The Titans aren't too worried about that aspect in the long term, seemingly still convinced that Davis will develop into a bonafide No. 1 receiver sooner rather than later if he can just stay healthy. He should every chance to supplant Rishard Matthews as the team's top outside receiving threat, offering a superior combination of size and speed. Davis also stands to benefit from a new offensive system that likely will increase the overall volume of team pass attempts.
Davis caught four of seven targets for 35 yards Saturday during a 22-21 win over the Chiefs in the wild-card round.
Davis led all Titans wide receivers in targets, catches and yards, but the position had minimal involvement with Tennessee relying primarily on the running game and tight end Delanie Walker to move the ball. The talented rookie's price in postseason formats remains low, so he could be worth a flier in the next round despite having failed to score a touchdown thus far in his NFL career. Davis should have had one in this game, but Marcus Mariota overthrew him right by the goal line.
Davis was held without a catch in Sunday's 15-10 win over the Jaguars.
Tennessee found a way to eke out a win and make the playoffs despite getting a combined four catches for 25 yards from its wide receivers against the stout Jacksonville secondary. Davis finishes an injury-plagued rookie year with 34 catches for 375 yards and no touchdowns in 11 games, but the fifth overall pick out of Western Michigan is still brimming with potential that he could start to realize as soon as the Wild Card round against a shaky Chiefs secondary.
Davis caught six of nine targets for 91 yards in Sunday's 27-23 loss to the Rams.
Davis led his team in receiving yards while tying Eric Decker for the most receptions. This was the most productive performance of the rookie fifth overall pick's 10-game NFL career, giving him some momentum heading into next week's showdown with Jacksonville's elite secondary. A win in that game would secure a playoff berth for Tennessee, so there would be no better time for Davis to score his first career touchdown.
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