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Following a 2nd round playoff exit in 2017, many expected the Tennessee Titans to improve upon that in 2018. With a fresh but familiar new face leading the troops (Mike Vrabel) and a couple of big free agency additions (former Patriots Dion Lewis and Malcolm Butler) the team had its sights set on winning the AFC South. Unfortunately, 2018 had as many ups as it did downs for the Titans. Signature wins over eventual playoff teams in Dallas, New England, Houston, and Philadelphia were cancelled out by ugly losses to Buffalo, Baltimore (11 sacks against Mariota yikes), and Miami. Despite missing the playoffs in 2018, there is hope for the organization that with a few coy moves this offseason they could find themselves back in the playoff hunt in 2019.

Bring back guard Quinton Spain and draft guard Cody Ford

That fateful game against Baltimore in week 6 should be ingrained in the memories of every single Titan fan this offseason. Continuing to improve the trenches would be wise, especially with how fragile franchise QB Marcus Mariota has become. Bringing back Spain who was graded as an average player at his position with PFF (62.3 grade overall) could be a smart idea so long as he returns at a reasonable salary. With so much offensive line uncertainty in this league sometimes teams need to settle for average at the position.

Drafting Ford is where the team can turn its average to below average offensive line into a strength, as Ford's power, aggressiโบนัสฟรี W88利用倒地的树干明天更美好on, and versatility could make him one of the league's top guards in no time. With two excellent tackles already in the fold (Taylor Lewan and Jack Conklin) restoring the interior of the line could go a long way towards developing Marcus Mariota as a passer.

Consider moving on from Malcolm Butler

If you watched any Patriots game film from 2015-2017 you would realize that Butler is nothing more than average for his position. His toughness and intelligence at the position are undoubtedly his strengths, however from a physical standpoint, he had a tendency to get exposed by number one receivers on a consistent basis. After inking a monster deal with the Titans in free agency last offseason, many expected Butler, Logan Ryan (another former Patriot, what's your deal Tennessee?), and forgclub1688第一部鬼胎(9)第三部分阿登战役mer first round pick Adoree’ Jackson to be one of the top cornerback trios in the NFL. Butler's 2018 season was truly a Jekyll and Hyde-like split, as through 9 weeks he graded out with PFF at a measly 51.9, one of the worst grades for a corner in the league. Luckily for Butler, he was able to turn it around for the remainder of the year, grading out at 80.2 for the final 8 weeks, placing him in the above average tier of corners for that stretch. As good as he was in the 2nd half of the year, you have to wonder if he can sustain that for another four years, a four years during which he will be the ages of 29-32, and will be making a hefty average of 11 million per season. Tennessee should consider trading Butler while his value is still existent this offseason, before his reputation becomes superseded by the numbers attached to his name (contractual and statistical).

Get Marcus Mariota another receiver or two

Former fifth overall pick Corey Davis has shown the potential to be a number one receiver in this league, aside from him the team does not roster any receivers with much upside, as Taywan Taylor and Tajae Sharpe are replacement level players, who would be best served as 3rd or 4th options. With a host of receiver prospects in this draft, and a few intriguing names in free agency, the team needs to make its move this offseason. At pick 19 in the draft, players like Marquise “Hollywood” Brown and D.K Metcalf could be available for Tennessee, and drafting either could be beneficial to the team. However, for a shorter term fix, the team might consider bringing in a veteran like Golden Tate or Demaryius Thomas through free agency, to help teach its young pass catchers while also stabilizing the passing game as a hole by being trusted targets for Mariota.