The Titans suffered at wide receiver last season after trading A.J. Brown to the Eagles. Robert Woods wasn’t able to produce as much as expected in his only season in Tennessee, and rookie Treylon Burks didn’t ascend to a prominent role until later in the year. Enter DeAndre Hopkins.
First-year general manager Ran Carthon beat out the Patriots and other contenders to land Hopkins, who adds much-needed experience to the receiving room after Ryan Tannehill clearly missed having a proven No. 1 pass-catcher on the field last year.
It takes more than just one receiver to win meaningful games, though, and the Titans believe they have a few solid options now that Hopkins is in the fold.
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Here’s a closer look at Tennessee’s wide receiver depth chart with Hopkins joining the squad.
Titans WR depth chart
1. DeAndre Hopkins
Hopkins recently said that he’ll retire when he’s no longer a 1,000-yard receiver, and this deal with the Titans is clearly his best shot at hitting that mark.
Tennessee badly needed a proven No. 1 receiver this offseason after Brown’s departure removed a key element from the team’s offense in 2022. While Hopkins has missed time due to injuries and a suspension over the last two seasons, he will far and away be the Titans’ best pass-catcher when on the field.
The Titans will hope for better results from Hopkins than some of the veteran receivers they brought in recently. After Woods and Julio Jones flamed out under former GM Jon Robinson, Hopkins is Carthon’s attempt at shoring up the receiving corps.
2. Treylon Burks
Burks was drafted as a de facto replacement for Brown in 2022, but it would have been unrealistic to expect the Arkansas product to immediately fill Brown’s shoes. The hope is he can take a meaningful step forward in 2023.
Burks finished with 444 yards and a touchdown across 11 games as a rookie, with a quarter of his production coming in a 111-yard performance against the Packers. Tennessee will be looking for consistency from Burks as a starter alongside Hopkins.
While Hopkins’ arrival figures to decrease Burks’ targets, the former All-Pro’s presence could help the former first-rounder. Defenders will be forced to pay attention to Hopkins, leaving Burks with more wiggle room than he would’ve had if he had entered the season as WR1.
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3. Nick Westbrook-Ikhine
Westbrook-Ikhine is an undrafted success story. The Indiana product quietly emerged as a useful target for Tannehill in 2021. Westbrook-Ikhine racked up 476 yards and four touchdowns on 38 catches that year before posting 397 yards and three touchdowns in 2022.
While his 50 percent catch rate last season is a concern, Westbrook-Ikhine averaged 15.9 yards per reception and could be a sneaky playmaker now that he won’t have as much of a do-it-all role with Hopkins aboard.
4. Chris Moore
Moore was the Titans’ way of adding experience to the depth chart before Hopkins became available. The 30-year-old has played seven seasons in the NFL, though he didn’t eclipse 250 yards in a season until 2022 with the Texans.
Moore racked up 548 yards and two touchdowns in his second season with Houston and started seven of his 16 games. While not a high-ceiling receiver, Moore gives Tannehill a veteran option behind Burks and Westbrook-Ikhine on a deal that includes less than $1 million in guaranteed money.
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5. Kyle Phillips
The Titans took a flier on Phillips in 2022 when they selected him in the fifth round out of UCLA. The jury is still out after a quiet rookie year. Tennessee’s lack of receiver depth still wasn’t enough to get Phillips involved last season; the rookie was targeted only 13 times and hauled in eight receptions for 78 yards.
Between Hopkins’ arrival and the presence of tight end Chigoziem Okonkwo, who also could soak up targets, Phillips might not get a real opportunity without injuries ahead of him on the depth chart.
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