In his absence, youngsters such as Damian Williams and Lavelle Hawkins have been asked to pick up the slack. As Tom's recent post indicates, their production so far could certainly use some improvement.
If Williams and Hawkins aren't up to the task, there's a talented WR who has been placed on the trading block that the Tennessee Titans could be interested in acquiring.
His name, you ask? Denver's Brandon Lloyd, who according to reports, could be acquired for a 3rd-to-5th round draft pick.
I've watched Lloyd over the years, and one of his attributes that has stood out the most is his penchant for making some excellent catches. He's as acrobatic as they come at the WR position, possessing the ability to come up with some sensational Youtube worthy grabs.
In terms of his production, he was a bit of a disappointment up until 2010, when he exploded for 77 catches, 1,448 yards and 11 touchdowns. His solid 2010 campaign also consisted of a stellar showing against the Tennessee Titans, as he reeled in 11 grabs for 115 yards in Denver's victory over Tennessee last year.
Lloyd would be a solid fit in Tennessee, playing alongside Nate Washington as a starting wideout. Don't get me wrong: I'm all for seeing what youngsters such as Williams and Hawkins can do when given the opportunity...however, if they can't step up, the team has to find someone who is capable of doing so.
Despite early indications that 2011 could be a rebuilding year, that all changed after Week 2's unforgettable, out-of-nowhere victory over the Ravens. Sitting at 3-2 and tied for first place in a Peyton Manning-less AFC South, there's a solid opportunity for the team to emerge as a division winner in 2011.
With the team competing for a possible division crown, why not take a flier on a wide receiver who just a year ago, caught over 70 passes while attaining almost 1,500 receiving yards?
Any thoughts? Should the Titans make a move to pick up Brandon Lloyd? Feel free to discuss in the space below.
Yes please pull the trigger. Oh well if he's same mold as other WRs, he's best available WR. Hawk/DWill haven't stepped up. If nothing else he'll allow those guys to have match ups w the next corner instead of the2nd starter. 5th rounder, I'm all in. 3rd I wouldn't be as happy, but you gotta do something. The division will never be this wide open again! take advantage!
I will be the contrarian. I don't think the Titans need to add another veteran receiver who is in the mold of Washington and Avery (and Williams and Hawkins for that matter). All these guys are the same size and run at roughly the same speed. As a veteran, I don't think that Lloyd brings anything more to the table than Avery does. He might also be a one-year wonder. In only one season out the previous 8 did he have more than 50 receptions. Unless Denver is willing to accept a 4th round pick, I don't think the Titans should take him. Keep building through the draft. This isn't going to be the Titans Superbowl year in any event.
I think a 3rd round pick would be OK but he will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the year, which makes it a bit of a risk. However, the Titans are in a position where they can compete for the AFCS so they need to be thinking about this year rather than the future. That then begs the question about how quickly he could learn the offense and contribute. I'd have thought Carolina would be the more likely destination, but the Panthers don't have a 3rd round pick to trade and there is speculation that the Titans might receive a 3rd round compensatory pick for Babin.
Yes they should be interested, certainly. However I wouldn't be willing to give up a 3rd round pick for a guy who is 30 and has had one breakout season. Since he's a free agent at the end of the year I'd love to see him come for a 5th round pick, but I get the feeling he'll go to Carolina. They're a lot more competitive than anyone expected them to be and I'm sure they'll want some weapons around Cam.
Yes. As simple as that. If Lloyd was here when Britt get's healthy our receiving core would be ridiculously strong!