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More dependability more important than more muscle for Titans WRs

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Kendall Wright, Harry Douglas and Justin Hunter were all disappointments last season for the Tennessee Titans, which makes the team’s receiver position such an uncertainty in 2016.

The franchise added free-agent Rishard Matthews and sixth-round pick Tajae Sharpe, players who have displayed the dependability and precision the Titans seek.

Wright, Douglas and Hunter will all have to get to the right place at the right time and make catches there or they will fall behind. Their collective body of work last season did provided no evidence they are on an upward track in those departments.

Maybe Terry Robiskie's offense and being under the scrutiny of a staff with four current or former receiver coaches will help them improve. Or maybe last year revealed what they actually are -- guys who can do some things but aren't consistent enough to be foundational players in an offense with a good young quarterback in Marcus Mariota.

I missed the two open OTA sessions last week. John Glennon of The Tennessean wrote about the three veterans.

One common theme for the three so far this offseason: Strength. Both Wright and Hunter spoke of bulking up, while Douglas didn’t emphasize size but drew up an extensive weight room regimen aimed particularly at strengthening his legs.

Being stronger can help them all, of course. Does the commonality in the offseason approach tell us they weren’t strong enough last year? Could the extra bulk serve to slow them down at all, especially considering the Titans' inability to break through deep last year was a major issue?

More muscle can help durability, but it doesn’t fix route-running ills or prevent drops.

We have a lot of time to judge just how much better the trio will be in those areas.

Gains there will do a lot more for their status than extra pounds.