The Tennessee Titans’ offense is going to look a lot different in 2022 than it did in 2021. Their leading receiver from last season, A.J. Brown, is no longer with the team as he was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles during the 2022 NFL Draft.
While many people feel that Derrick Henry is the most important player on the Titans’ offense, it could have actually been Brown. The offense sputtered more whenever he was sidelined compared to when Henry was out, as the passing game didn’t click without the No. 1 target.
Now in Philadelphia, the Titans are going to need someone else to step up catching passes from Ryan Tannehill. Robert Woods was acquired from the Los Angeles Rams in a trade and will be relied upon heavily. The one player that many people are going to have their eyes on, however, is Treylond Burks.
Burks was selected in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft with the selection that the Titans received from the Eagles in the Brown trade. He was drafted to help replace Brown and will have a big role in the game plan this upcoming season.
Things got off to a slow start for Burks, who missed a lot of the offseason work during the spring. But, he has been a full participant in training camp and has caught the eye of Tannehill.
“Treylon, a guy came in and didn’t get a lot of work in the spring — just some things he was dealing with. And now coming out into training camp, from Day One, he’s made plays for me. So, it’s been exciting for me. I didn’t really know — [he had] solid college tape, watched the film But didn’t really know because I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes, per se. So to come out here and hit a deep ball [on our] first day, and he’s consistently making plays for me.”
That is certainly a positive development. Burks has the size and athleticism combination to be a dominant No. 1 receiver in the NFL. But, to reach that point, there is still plenty of work to be done.
As Tannehill noted, they are still going through the process of learning from each other. But, things are certainly going well thus far.
“Is it perfect? No. Are we growing through the process, there’s still adjustments that we’re cleaning up — yeah, of course. But seeing that athleticism, seeing that range and speed, he’s running by some people, too. So a lot of really good things out of him. Hopefully, we can keep the foot on the gas and keep him progressing.”
Burks played nearly half of the team’s offensive snaps in their first preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens. He didn’t receive much work as he was targeted only once and his only touch came on an end around that he gained four yards on.
Look for his role to expand in the coming weeks with two more preseason games remaining before the Titans kick the regular season off in Week 1 when they host the New York Giants.