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Titans Ponder the Possibilities at Receiver With DeAndre Hopkins/Calvin Ridley Tandem, and Others


NASHVILLE – The Titans have some key pieces in place at the wide receiver position.

Now, it's a matter of how they'll use them, starting with DeAndre Hopkins and the recently signed Calvin Ridley.

"Being able to move Calvin around is going to be exciting," Coach Brian Callahan said. "But I think the other guys, being able to move those guys around, too, will be helpful. Moving Hop around, trying to get him some matchups, put his skill set in good position against lesser players. We'll see what Treylon (Burks) can do as we move him around.

"I just think it's a good group that has some flexibility, particularly with Calvin. I think he has played all over the formation, so that part to me is exciting."

Earlier this month, the Titans added the 6-foot-1, 190-pound Ridley, who amassed 76 catches for 1,016 receiving yards and eight touchdowns for the Jaguars in 2023 while playing in all 17 games.

In Tennessee, he'll join forced with Hopkins, who led the team with 75 catches for 1,057 yards and seven touchdowns in 2023.

But the Titans will have more in the mix as well.

Callahan made a point of bringing up Burks, a first round pick of the Titans in the 2022 NFL Draft, during his media session at the NFL Owners Meetings, and he also discussed returning receivers Kyle Philips and Nick Westbrook-Ikhine.

"I'm excited to see what Kyle can do," Callahan said. "Obviously the injury bug has hit him a little bit. I liked him coming out of college. I thought he had a chance to be a good slot style player. So, I'm excited to see what he brings. … And, Nick has earned his way. His journey has been impressive, what he has done and how he has done it. And there's value in guys that can go plug in places like he has. I've always liked his ability to run routes. He's been a productive player. For those types of guys, we can find roles for.

"I think it's a good group. We've made it a pretty robust receiver room that has a lot of opportunities that are going to come their way."

While speaking at the NFL Owners Meetings, Hopkins raved about Ridley, a player he's trained with in the past.

He's looking forward to seeing what they can do together, no matter where they line up.

Hopkins, too, is intrigued by the possibility.

"(Calvin) and I on the field, it's going to be hard to key on one of us," Hopkins said. "I think it is only going to make defenses have to prepare a little harder for us this year. … I think my game is not just being on the outside, or on the inside. I've tried to take pride in that over the past couple of years, focusing on beating guys on the inside. Earlier in my career I was just kind of really on the outside, and I realized that I could have success everywhere on the field. And I think just utilizing me wherever I am needed, if it is blocking, chipping, doing whatever I need. Wherever I can be useful, that's where I'll be.

"I think the sky is the limit (for this offense), especially after getting a guy like Calvin. So I am very excited about this offense."

The Titans, of course, still have other avenues to add to the group, including the NFL Draft. Picking at No.7, they'll have the opportunity to snag an impact player there, too. It's just a matter of what position.

Titans General Manager Ran Carthon said he's considering everything at this point.

It's fun, when he also considers this: Hopkins and Ridley are tone-setters, and leaders.

"I think they'll help each other tremendously," Carthon said. "Two seasoned guys who are good route runners, who catch the ball well. The cool things for those two is they trained together last offseason, so they have seen each other work and they'll push each other."

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