Recently, I penned a piece that pondered the following question: What's in store for Jared Cook in 2010? After failing to live up to the hype surrounding the athletic phenom, the article took a look at the prospects of Cook turning things around in his 2nd NFL season.
Of course, Cook isn't the only up-and-coming TE on the proverbial hot seat this year.
Today, we'll continue the theme of young tight ends needing to step up by examining the prospects of 3rd year TE Craig Stevens in 2010.
Expectations were rather high for newly-signed free agent Nate Washington in 2009. Considered an up-and-comer at the WR position, the Tennessee Titans were banking on Nate to provide the team with a badly needed playmaking threat in the passing game.
Despite scoring six touchdowns, inconsistency was often the name of Nate Washington's game in 2009. Mired by untimely drops (cough, cough, the second Colts' game), Nate's ability to serve as a formidable weapon in the Titans' aerial attack was often hindered by his inability to simply hold onto the football.
Entering his second season as a Titan, what does 2010 have in store for Nate Washington?
After dazzling many with his athletic prowess during last year's OTAs, the bar was raised in terms of our expectations regarding rookie TE Jared Cook in 2009.
Unfortunately, Cook failed to make much of an impact due to a combination of rookie growing pains and a lingering ankle injury.
Though it's only his second season, the natives are beginning to get a bit restless as inevitable visions of the Ben Troupe experiment cross our minds: It's time for Cook to make the Tennessee Titans look wise for trading a future-second round pick for the opportunity to attain his services.