Best case scenario
The addition of Eric Decker and Rookie Cory Davis to the receiver corps give the offense a legitimate vertical threat, opening up the middle of the field for DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry. With all of the extra space on the field I predict that the Titans will have a have a league leading 2500+ yard rushing total.
Mariota immediately bounces back from injury and immediately clicks with Cory Davis, throwing for 4000+ yards and 30+ touchdowns.
Adoree’ Jackson immediately steps in at corner and drastically improves Tennessee’s pass coverage. Jackson combined with Kevin Byard at safety account for 9 interceptions between the two. Overall the defense will definitely improve and be in the top third of teams statistically, but I see the Titans leaning heavily on the offense.
Record: 13-3 AFC South Champs
Worst case scenario
Mariota has a hard time bouncing back from injury and doesn’t get back into his rhythm until week 4 or 5. Even then it takes him over half the season to really develop chemistry with newcomers Cory Davis and Eric Decker leading to slightly worse numbers than 2016. However I do not see the running game, even in the worst case scenario, losing any ground. Even if one of the power two get injured the other is more than capable of picking up the slack.
The Titans secondary woes continue, Adoree’ Jackson contributes immediately in the return game but has some work to do before becoming a starting NFL CB. The Titans will lead the league in passing touchdowns allowed and have a middle of the field rushing defense.
Record: 8-8 Miss Playoffs
What will probably happen
Eric Decker gives Mariota another reliable check down option while he develops his relationship with rookie Cory Davis. With all of the offensive improvements the Titans are a force to be reckoned with in the AFC South and literally run over the rest of the division with a season rush total of 2200 yards.
If you have to point to one weakness on this team it would have to be the secondary. One of the only bright spots for defensive backs last season was the emergence of Kevin Byard. I see him making huge steps forward this season and getting 2 or 3 interceptions, and with his speed he has the ability to take it back for 6. While I believe that Adoree’ Jackson was an excellent addition to the team and is an amazing athletic talent I dont think he will make that much of an impact at corner year one. Expect a middle of the field defensive squad for 2017 that will produce a handful of highlight plays, especially against teams in the AFC South.
Record: 10-6 AFC South Champs