The 30-year-old is coming off a torn rotator cuff and hip injury that required surgery last year and relegated him to just three games in his final season with the Jets.
Potentially adding Decker would be an intriguing move for an overhauled Titans pass-catching corps. The Titans drafted wideouts Corey Davis in the first round and cheap jerseys and Taywan Taylor in the third round of the draft. If Tennessee adds Decker, it would give quarterback Marcus Mariota even more firepower for a much-improved passing attack in his third season.
So there you go. From Elvin Bethea to Earl Campbell to Marcus Mariota, that’s some lineage with this club. Although I’m not sure how celebrated the old Oilers are in Tennessee. It reminds me of a time I talked to Jack Youngblood (you are pot-committed on my humblebrags and name-dropping now) and he said it was strange to be out on the field in St. Louis being honored with dudes he played against, like Dan Dierdorf. About the only time we really see a throwback to the past is when the Titans wear those rad Oilers jerseys from the way back. (This needs to be said, but those powder blue and white Oilers uniforms might be the best.)
BTW, the Titans/Oilers also tried to do that thing where they played some lame-duck seasons in Houston. That lasted a year. The Titans moved to Memphis for one season and then played at Vanderbilt the following year before moving into their new digs in Nashville in 1998. They also changed from Oilers to Titans — thankfully, because it helped avoid something unfortunate. Like the Utah Jazz or something. And it saves some pain for the Houston fans.
Green-Beckham was the Titans’ 40th overall pick (second round) in 2015, selected a day after they took Mariota at No. 2 overall. This year, Tennessee holds the Nos. 5 and 18 picks in the first round, the second of which is in the range of draft projections on Ross. NFL Network analyst Charley Casserly, in fact, projects the Titans to make the Mariota-Ross connection a reality. As a high school recruit, Ross took an official visit to Oregon in October of 2012. His host? None other than Mariota.
“That was the only time I’ve ever talked to him, but I got a great first impression from him,” Ross said. “He was a really good dude. He was humble and quiet, so he reminded me of myself. It would be great to talk to him again.”
Returning from a lingering hamstring injury that had dogged him since training camp, Wright erupted for 133 yards and a touchdown on eight receptions in Week 5. Rather than re-emerging as Marcus Mariota’s No. 1 receiver the rest of the way, he faded out of the rotation, even earning a Week 14 benching for tardiness.
After recording 94 catches for 1,079 yards in a breakout 2013 season, Wright’s role gradually diminished as the Titans cycled through Dowell Loggains, Ken Whisenhunt, Jason Michael and Terry Robiskie as play-callers.
Davis became the highest drafted player from Western Michigan in the common draft era. The only other first-round pick from WMU: DE Jason Babin, 2004, HOU, No. 27.
Later in the first round, the Titans shored up their defensive backfield with corner Adoree Jackson. The USC corner and explosive return man doesn’t have ideal height, but owns explosiveness and outstanding ball skills. He immediately upgrades Tennessee’s special teams.
No matter, the Preds will return home for Game 3 on Saturday night, and you can pretty much guarantee prominent members of the Tennessee Titans will be there to cheer them on. Titans players — mostly offensive linemen but also quarterback Marcus Mariota — have become a popular side attraction during Preds home games during the playoffs, hoisting fresh catfish (it’s a hockey thing) and chugging beers for an adoring sellout crowd.
NBC brought some more exposure to this new tradition on Wednesday night when they aired some of the Titans’ antics during the Western Conference Finals. Bro Party Rule No. 1: It ain’t a bro party until a bro is shirtless.