This week's mailbag will address some Tennessee Titans questions that are stewing among the fan base. Corey Davis' expected playing time, Jonnu Smith's time to shine and Deshaun Watson's injury impact are Saturday's topics of choice.
best guess on what percentage of snaps Corey Davis will play?— Thomas Murphy (@murph_thoughts) November 3, 2017
This was our most popular mailbag question likely because of Davis' impact on the Titans and fantasy football teams across America.
Titans coach Mike Mularkey has praised Davis' production all week, but he gave a hint into how much playing time the rookie receiver will see Sunday against the Ravens.
"Is he ready to play 60 snaps? I can't say that he is that," Mularkey said. "But he'll get enough to get a good measure of where he is at right now."
My guess would be that Davis should play around the same amount he did in his NFL debut, when he was in 42 of the Titans' 66 offensive plays (66 percent). Davis had six catches for 69 yards on 10 targets that day against the Raiders.
Will Smith be able to make up for the absence of Walker if he can't go Sunday?— BizzaroPK (@bizzaro_pk) November 3, 2017
If Walker doesn't play, it will be Jonnu Smith's time to shine. The rookie third-round pick has flashed this season with two touchdowns, but he'd have a lot more responsibilities, particularly as a blocker, in his first career start.
"He's taking a lot of reps. It's been good for him," Mularkey said. "Jonnu's done good."
Smith provides a lot as a receiver, but he's a drop-off from Walker as a blocker so we could see more of Phillip Supernaw in a blocking capacity. We may also see more of offensive lineman Dennis Kelly as a third blocking tight end.
How does Deshaun Watson's injury affect the entire division? -- Eddie Taylor
We talked about this in-depth from four perspectives in our AFC South roundtable on Friday. But in this writer's opinion, I think it makes the AFC South the Titans' division to lose.
Watson is an extremely talented and exciting quarterback who will give the Titans fits for years to come, but it's hard to see the Houston Texans winning their third straight division crown without him.
I expect the AFC South to come down to the Titans and the Jaguars, where Tennessee's big advantage is having Marcus Mariota over Jacksonville's Blake Bortles. The two square off in Nashville Dec. 31 for a season finale that could decide the division.