Tennessee Titans

Tennessee Titans: Donnie Avery Addition a Desperation Move

ST. LOUIS - OCTOBER 19:  Donnie Avery #17 of the St. Louis Rams holds on to the ball while covered by Mike Jenkins #31 of the Dallas Cowboys during their NFL game at Edward Jones Dome on October 19, 2008 in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Rams defeated the Cowboys 34-14.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Chad MintonCorrespondent ISeptember 30, 2011

Despite being 2-1 and tied for first place in the AFC South, there's still a sense of uneasiness for the Tennessee Titans, thanks to losing star wide receiver Kenny Britt for the season.

Britt suffered an injury to his ACL and MCL in the first half of their win over the Denver Broncos, and he was looking to have another solid performance.

The Titans' offense was horrendous while Britt was injured last season, and now the Titans will look to avoid that same scenario this season by adding former St. Louis Ram Donnie Avery.

Avery came into the NFL in 2008 and had a solid rookie year by gaining over 600 yards receiving, and tacked on another 589 yards in his second season.

He has also eight touchdowns in his short career.

However, Avery missed all of last season with, ironically enough, an ACL injury of his own.

To add onto that, the Rams cut him before this season started. We're talking about a team that is extremely thin at wide receiver and yet they weren't willing to hold onto their second-round draft pick from three years earlier.

That has to raise a red flag that the Rams know something the Titans don't know.

This quick signing shows desperation for the Titans in the sense that they must not have much faith in what they have right now, in particular with Damian Williams stepping into that role of starting on the outside opposite Nate Washington.

 

 

Then you have Lavelle Hawkins, who always seems to show glimpses of being a great wide receiver when given the opportunity.

The Titans have had Hawkins since 2008 and he's still yet to make any serious impact on the team.

What's the point in stockpiling all of these young receivers if you're not going to develop them in these sorts of situations that are unavoidable.

These young wide receivers are never going to get the opportunity to grow if they're never given the opportunity, and bringing in a guy that will take at the very least a couple games to even get up to speed with the Titans offensive system seems like a desperation move.

Williams has the skill set to become a great receiver in the NFL, but he has to be given consistent opportunities to grow into an effective receiver in game-time situations before the Titans are going to get him to his maximum potential.

This quick addition could be a result of Mariani not making much progress in the passing game. This may be the case, but Mariani is basically in his rookie season all over again due to the fact that he was nothing but a special teams player last season.

Avery is also extremely limited in what he can offer the Titans once he does finally learn the offensive system. He's basically just a deep threat, and is not much of a possession receiver, which is really what the Titans need.

When you look over the Titans active receivers, none of them are particularly strong in that department.

Finally, you have to wonder how long it's going to take Matt Hasselbeck to have to build chemistry with yet another new wide receiver. He's still in the process of building chemistry with all of the other Titans wide receivers.

Hopefully, this addition will help fill the void that Britt will certainly leave, but using this unfortunate injury to help develop their young and talented wide receivers would have been more beneficial.

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