Titans WR Corey Davis to be used in 'specific situations' Week 1 vs. Raiders

First-round pick Corey Davis is expected to play Sunday but likely won't see a full complement of snaps. AP Photo/Mark Humphrey

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- This might be not be the best week to start Tennessee Titans rookie receiver Corey Davis on your fantasy team.

Head coach Mike Mularkey expects Davis to get his first NFL game action Sunday against Oakland Raiders, but he said it will be more of an opportunity for Davis to "get his feet wet" rather than thrust the rookie into full action. Davis missed nearly a month with a hamstring injury, but he's close to 100 percent healthy now.

"There won't be a number count," Mularkey said of the snaps Davis will play. "We'll have him in on specific situations and see where he goes from there."

If it were up to Davis, he'd like to be unleashed to show why the Titans selected him fifth overall in April's draft. Tennessee, however, has big plans for Davis in the long haul and doesn't want to see him overexert himself in Week 1.

Davis and veteran receiver Eric Decker (ankle) did more at practice Monday than they have over the last few weeks. Davis has began running sprints and routes with the hope that he can be a full participant in practice by the end of the week.

"He's a good player," Mularkey said of Davis, noting that rookie receivers likely have an easier NFL transition than players at other positions. "It's not going to be too hard for him to pick the game up and be effective."

When he was on the field for a few training camp practices in early August, Davis was extremely impressive using his advanced route running and high-point catching ability to consistently beat the Titans defensive backs in one-on-one, 7-on-7 and team drills.

The Titans showed a level of confidence in Davis and Decker's health by keeping only five receivers on their active roster, one of which is return specialist Eric Weems.

Once fully healthy, the Titans should have a strong, diverse stable of pass-catchers, including Rishard Matthews, Delanie Walker, Davis, Decker and rookies Taywan Taylor and Jonnu Smith.