Corey Davis gives Titans a strong receiving complement
- The selection of Western Michigan’s Corey Davis with the fifth-overall pick provides an immediate upgrade for a Tennessee Titans receiving corps that lacked a quality complement for Rishard Matthews in 2016.
- Matthews was seventh in the NFL in receiving yards on passes targeted 20-plus yards downfield (11 rec. for 388 yards) last season, and his 2.12 receiving yards per route run ranked 10th (minimum 44 targets).
- His returning counterparts, Tajae Sharpe and Harry Douglas, struggled in both categories. Douglas averaged 1.33 receiving yards per route run, while Sharpe registered 1.08. They tied for 71st in receiving yards on deep passes.
- All three players struggled after the catch, as Matthews ranked 54th in the NFL with a team-high 218 receiving yards after the catch.
- One of Davis’ biggest strengths is his ability to make plays once the football is in his possession. His 710 receiving yards after the catch were the sixth-most in the nation last season.
- He finished top 10 in the nation in receiving yards per route run in each of the past three seasons. During that span, he accumulated 36 catches for 1,419 yards and 15 touchdowns on targets that were 20-plus yards beyond the line of scrimmage.
- His average of 4.99 slot yards per route were the most in FBS last season.