Titans’ Free Agency Update
The first wave of NFL free agency has come and gone, and teams are now trying to find hidden value in players who cleared the first wave without getting a new deal. This past week, the Tennessee Titans did just that.
Wide Receiver/Return Specialist Eric Weems
Weems is coming off of his second stint with the defending NFC Champion Atlanta Falcons. In his first stint in Atlanta, current Titans’ head coach Mike Mularkey served as the offensive coordinator, and current Titans’ offensive coordinator Terry Robiskie was the wide receivers coach. I think that Weems adds tremendous value to the Titans as a return man. In 2016, Weems finished with 273 punt return yards and 391 kickoff return yards. While his two career return (punt and kickoff) touchdowns have not occurred since the 2010 season, I believe that Weems will provide a consistent return man who the Titans can depend on in 4th down situations.
Nose Tackle Sylvester Williams
The Titans also added another piece to their defense in veteran nose tackle Sylvester Williams. The former first-round draft pick of the Denver Broncos has underachieved through his first four seasons, but should provide an upgrade to the interior of the Titans’ defensive line. This move allowed the Titans to move on from veteran defensive tackle Al Woods. I think the signing of Williams will provide more competition to the Titans defensive line, particularly for last year’s second-round pick Austin Johnson, who is expected to make a big leap in his second season.
The Titans are doing a very good job of filling out their roster, and filling holes on defense and on special teams. It will be interesting to see how they approach the remainder of free agency and the upcoming NFL Draft.