The Tennessee Titans traded wide receiver Taywan Taylor to the Browns, and I can only imagine he will go off on the Titans in Week 1.
After spending his first two seasons with the Tennessee Titans, Taywan Taylor will be packing up his bags and heading to Cleveland to join Baker Mayfield‘s Browns. In return, the Titans will get a 2020 draft pick.
The Titans have needed depth at the wide receiver position ever since Marcus Mariota was drafted and it looked like this year they would have the depth needed to be successful on offense.
So instead of continuing to build that depth at receiver, they decide to go ahead and trade one of their receivers who has been a contributor the past two years. This trade leaves the Titans with just enough receivers to compete at a high level if they all stay healthy for all 16 games.
Just based off what we’ve seen the past couple of years I’m going to go ahead and assume that at least one guy is going to go down at some point in the season leaving the Titans in a bind, but hey I can’t say I’ll be surprised.
I liked Taylor, but then again the NFL is a business, and each franchise has to do what’s best for them, but I just can’t see where you can call this trade a win for the Titans.
I’m not advocating for Taylor’s play he struggled to become a full-time contributor for the Titans, but he can always help with depth. Where I find the real problem in this trade is with the Titans thinking it would be a good idea to deal him to the Browns.
The Browns are already a slightly better team than the Titans and the fact that Taylor will be able to go up there and gladly give away the Titans playbook and whatever game plan that have come up with so far is alarming.
Taylor will also add the Browns wide receiver depth and will get to learn behind players like Odell Beckham Jr and Jarvis Landry. With the Titans being their Week 1 matchup I could only imagine they will try to get Taylor ready for Sunday and have him on the field as much as possible.
If Freddie Kitchens feels Taylor is ready for game action, I wouldn’t be surprised if they target him a few times to try to get him going or maybe even to seal the game.
The trade isn’t terrible, but the timing of it is. You can’t trade a player to your upcoming opponent when they know your playbook and game plan but what more can we expect coming from the Titans.