New WRs won't change Titans' offensive personnel philosophy

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Titans gave themselves more, presumably better, options at wide receiver when they spent the fifth pick in the draft on Corey Davis and the 72nd selection on Taywan Taylor.

Understandably, that prompts a lot of questions about whether the Titans will shift to more of a three-wide personnel.

The Titans ran the fifth-most snaps in the NFL with two or three tight ends on the field last year. I don’t think the lack of wide receiver threats and depth was the primary reason for that.

Tennessee is a run-first team, and that second tight end is a vital piece of the run game (same for a third tight end).

And while the Titans should be better at wide receiver, they should also be better at tight end, where Jonnu Smith comes in as a versatile third-round pick.

Coach Mike Mularkey said Smith will play both tight end spots, the in-line spot that Anthony Fasano manned last season as well as the “move” spot Delanie Walker is usually in.

"He is going to be an every down player for us," Mularkey said.

That means capable of playing every down, not on the field for every one. But it's a lot different than saying he's a situational player.

If their new receivers are what they expect, the Titans will be more equipped to play three-wide, and we could see it more. But don’t expect a philosophical change away from the Titans being a two tight end-leaning team that will sometimes play three.

Davis and Rishard Matthews will see the bulk of the base offense receiver snaps, with Taylor ideally coming in to work out of the slot. Tajae Sharpe would be the guy rotating through.