Robinson Actively Builds Titans Into Contender
With the Titan players reporting to camp, it felt like time to take a quick peek at the roster since Jon Robinson took over as General Manager. Robinson has done an amazing job of infusing a previously thin & weak roster with considerable depth & talent. In two, short, years on the job he has completely transformed the Titans roster. Doubt it?
By my account (2017 53-man projection), 33 of the players schedule to start the season on the Titans roster will have been added by Robinson. That’s 62% (not including recent re-signee, Jurrell Casey) – Pretty insane considering the seamless chemistry that currently exists in Nashville.
The wide receiver and cornerback groups have seen the most extensive overhaul and should all be new, J-Rob additions (IMO) – Rishard Matthews, Eric Decker, Corey Davis, Taywan Taylor, Tajae Sharpe & Eric Weems at wide receiver although Harry Douglas and Tre McBride are still somewhat in the mix. The only cornerback from the previous regime is Curtis Riley, but he would certainly rank no higher than CB5 at this point behind Logan Ryan, Adoree Jackson, LeShaun Sims & Brice McCain. He’ll have to out claw Kalan Reed, Demontre Hurst and/or D’Joun Smith to have any shot at making the final roster. If the Titans decide to add another cornerback prior to or after training camp cuts, his time in Tennessee will most likely come to an end…Unless his versatility at safety is deemed too valuable.
Robinson must be taking a quantity over quality approach, right? Nope – 12 of the 22 offensive and defensive (projected) starters (55%) weren’t in Nashville when Robinson was hired to transform the Titan organization. In 2017, the starting wide receiver, cornerback and safety (John Cyprien & Kevin Byard) corps could all be J-Rob additions.
Personally, my favorite transformation has been at wide receiver where Robinson has managed to acquire the youth & athleticism desperately sought by the previous administration, but in players with actual wide receiving attributes. When it comes to reaching potential, Robinson seems to prefer a more “when” than “if” approach. That philosophy is much appreciated by this fan.
The fact that this amount of turnover comes from a team on the brink of a long playoff run makes it incredibly impressive. Equally impressive – Robinson is always looking to improve the roster (Hello Erik Walden – Goodbye Sebastian Tretola) and may not be finished adding players prior to the 2017 season. J-Rob & the Titans are becoming extremely fun to follow.