Tennessee Titans: Not taking any chances…and that’s a good thing

The Tennessee Titans have fared well in the draft since the arrival of general manager Jon Robinson three years ago.

All Pros like Jack Conklin and Kevin Byard. Up and comers like Derrick Henry, Corey Davis, Adoree Jackson, and Jayon Brown.

And last year’s rookies showed capable of being glue-guys going forward.

Be that as it may, Robinson senses the urgency in getting over the 9-7 hump, and he is not taking any chances waiting on next month’s draft.

Tennessee is being super aggressive at the onset of free agency.

The Titans entered the 2019 season as fringe contenders, but with four major holes to address: edge rusher, interior offensive line, wide receiver, and safety.

And in less than 48 hours, Robinson addressed all four needs.

Tennessee addressed their safety issue by bringing back Kenny Vaccaro, who played admirably under his one year deal last season.

Vaccaro’s instincts and physicality at the line of scrimmage provided an upgrade in the secondary, and his presence allows Kevin Byard to ball hawk and make plays on the back-end.

While Corey Davis took a huge leap toward being a franchise number one receiver in year two, the offense needed better production and consistency from the group as a whole in 2018.

Adam Humphries (TB) is slated to sign a four-year deal to become Tennessee’s primary slot receiver, a position where the Titans were dead last in production last season.

Humphries is no burner, and he isn’t electrifying, but he is consistent….which is of the utmost importance to quarterback Marcus Mariota.

Humphries should be an immediate upgrade over Tajae Sharpe and Taywon Taylor, who  failed to solidify themselves as that guy in that role.

Interior offensive line play was abysmal at times last season, and Robinson wasted no time in addressing that, too.

Veteran left guard Rodger Saffold (LAR) is slated to sign a four-year deal with Tennessee, and should be an upgrade over Quinton Spain, who is now a free agent himself.

Saffold is nasty, especially in the run game. Derrick Henry gave him a shout out on twitter today after hearing of the signing.

He knows the possibilities.

When paired next to left tackle Taylor Lewan, the Titans could have the league’s meanest, most physical tandem on the left side of the line this season.

And just about an hour ago, it was reported that Robinson addressed his fourth glaring need by inking edge rusher Cam Wake (MIA) to a three-year deal.

With Brian Orakpo retired and Derrick Morgan unlikely to return, Robinson didn’t wait for a rookie edge rusher to fall in his lap at pick 19 next month.

Wake is a proven veteran, and is second on the Dolphins’ all-time list with 98 career sacks.

If you notice the trend here, Robinson is acquiring veterans to plug the holes that could put the team over the top this season. Depth and competition can be obtained in this year’s draft…

And if a pick turns out to be a diamond in the rough then consider yourself lucky.

The Tennessee Titans aren’t taking any chances with the draft this season, even though they’ve been successful at it recently.

But that’s a good thing. The Titans are telling their fan base that they are putting their money where their mouth is when it comes to winning this season.

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