Tennessee Titans wide receiver Corey Davis is coming off of a very solid 2018 campaign in which he hauled in 65 receptions for 891 yards and four touchdowns.
I hesitate to call it a “breakout” season, because Davis still has a lot of work to do, and I think 2019 could actually represent his true breakout year.
Of course, Davis isn’t exactly in the best situation, as the Titans don’t have a great quarterback (Marcus Mariota is a huge question mark), but the good news is that Tennessee added another wide out in Adam Humphries this offseason, so now, Davis has some support.
The 24-year-old was picked fifth overall by the Titans in 2017 for a reason, so there are absolutely high hopes for him going into this season.
Here are three numbers for Davis to target in 2019.
3. 75 Receptions
I almost said 80 receptions, but given Tennessee’s quarterback situation and the fact that Humphries is now on board, I played it more conservative and went with 75.
Davis was an absolute monster at Western Michigan, and during his senior campaign, he tallied 97 catches. Now, obviously, playing at Western Michigan is very different from playing in the NFL, but Davis is absolutely capable of having a big year on the professional level, and the fact that he snared 65 balls in 2018 could be an indication that he is set for a meteoric rise (after all, he caught just 34 passes during his rookie year).
A No. 1 receiver should be catching around 75 balls every year, especially on a playoff-contending team, so unless Mariota completely falls on his face, I see no reason why Davis shouldn’t be able to finish with that number in 2019.
2. 1,000 Yards
Posting 1,000 yards is typically the standard for receivers who want to make the Pro Bowl, and if Davis is catching 75 passes, he should be able to tally 1,000 yards.
That would put him at a 13.3 yards per catch average, which would actually be lower than the 13.7 yards per reception he averaged in 2018. So, clearly, Davis should have no problem racking up 1,000 yards if he catches 75 balls.
Again, a lot of this has to do with the Titans’ offense, but even this past year, when Tennessee’s passing game suffered miserably, Davis still finished with close to 900 yards, so assuming that the environment will be a bit more conducive for Davis this time around it’s a safe bet that he will total 1,000 yards if he continues his ascension.
1. Eight Touchdowns
This is the big one, as Davis caught just four touchdown passes this past year.
At 6-foot-3, Davis should absolutely be a red zone threat, which means he should be catching more than four touchdown passes regardless how the Titans run their offense.
Yes, the Titans may hand the ball off to bruising back Derrick Henry in goal-line situations, but Davis should still have opportunities to score touchdowns, especially in what should be an improved offense overall.
While 10 touchdowns might be asking too much, as even …read more