The Tennessee Titans surprised a lot of people with their playoff success in 2019. After having issues just making it into the playoffs, the Titans knocked off the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens in the playoffs. Even though they lost to the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game, they can’t hang their head about the run they made.
Heading into the 2020 season, the hope is they build off a strong finish to last season and continue the success. To do that, they are going to need to have some players have breakout seasons.
Let’s look at three players who could be in line for breakout seasons in 2020.
3. Jeffery Simmons
Jeffery Simmons missed a lot of last season because of a torn ACL, but he did show some flashes when he stepped onto the field of being a game-changing defensive tackle. Having a full offseason, even though it’s been a little different, should be a different maker for Simmons.
Jurrell Casey is also gone now after being traded to the Denver Broncos, so there is going to be plenty of time for Simmons to be on the field during the 2020 season. With a big year, there are going to be plenty of teams that wish they would have taken Simmons before the Titans had a chance to get him at number 19 in the 2019 NFL Draft.
2. Jonnu Smith
With Delanie Walker gone, the Titans need a new player to step up to fill that role. Jonnu Smith had a bit of a breakout during the 2019 season in catching 35 passes for 439 yards and three touchdowns. Most of his success came late in the season with the hope being that he can build off of that.
There is no reason as long as he stays healthy that he won’t be a top-end tight end in this league. When the moments are the biggest, look for Smith to be the guy catching the big pass.
1. Corey Davis
Corey Davis was selected fifth overall back in the 2017 NFL Draft, but he is still looking for his breakout season. Even though Davis had has his struggles, this is a great opportunity to step up.
Last season, Davis caught 43 passes for 601 yards and two touchdowns. With Ryan Tannehill under center, the Titans are a better passing team, which gives opportunities for Davis and the rest of the pass-catchers.
It wouldn’t be shocking to see Davis get over 1,000 receiving yards and at least eight touchdowns. He is also looking for his second contract, which makes a big year even more important.