September 10, 2021

Julio Jones Is the Final Piece to Titans' Championship Puzzle

The Tennessee Titans have become one of the best teams in the AFC over the past two seasons.

Although the Titans disappointingly fell short in the Wild Card round of last year's playoffs against the Baltimore Ravens, they have established themselves as a top dog in the AFC.

That didn't stop them from getting even better this offseason by acquiring All-Pro receiver Julio Jones from the Atlanta Falcons. Teaming up Jones with A.J. Brown and Derrick Henry makes the Titans an even bigger bully and a potential Super Bowl contender. 

Titans Know Their Strengths

Many NFL teams fail to instill an identity into their team while, but not the Titans. 

Ever since drafting Henry out of Alabama, the Titans have been a hard-nosed, run-first offense. And it's worked. 

Henry is coming off a record-breaking season. Although he did not receive the MVP award last season, Henry was crowned the Offensive Player of the Year award thanks to a career-high and league-best 2,027 rushing yards and 17 rushing touchdowns. He became the eighth player in NFL history to record at least 2,000 rushing yards in a single season and joins former Titan Chris Johnson on that exclusive list.

Meanwhile, the Titans have found stability under center with the re-birth of Ryan Tannehill since he took over the starting job from former second-overall selection Marcus Mariota in 2019. Tannehill is coming off one of the most productive campaigns in his career after posting a career-best 33 touchdown passes along with holding a 106.5 passer rating.

New Blood

Tennessee has continued the trend of acquiring talent when they pulled off the blockbuster of the offseason. The Titans' addition of Jones gives the Titans one of the league’s best passing game duos with Jones and Brown.

Through his first two seasons, Brown has been among the most productive players at his position, posting north of 1,000 receiving yards in each campaign. Meanwhile, Jones’ resume speaks for itself as he’s put together a first-ballot Hall of Fame career behind his stellar production and is undoubtedly the best wide receiver of his generation.

It was already tough enough for defenses trying to tackle Henry and Brown, they now have to try to tackle Jones, who stands 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds. 

Good luck. 

Veteran Impact

Yes, Jones joins the Titans after battling through injuries over the last couple of seasons. However, the change of scenery could be the boost he needs to get back on track. There are doubts that he can recapture his once-unstoppable form, but Tennessee will present him the opportunity to receive a lot of targets, and to once again become one of the most feared receivers in the league.

While the Titans have been one of the AFC's best without him, Jones’ health will be crucial as the Titans will lean on him to provide strong production and stability. If he can move past the injury issues, there’s no reason to believe the Titans won’t be in the thick of Super Bowl contention with the Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills in the AFC.

The Titans will remain a run-first offense as long as Henry continues to pile up the stats, but possessing another elite receiver adds an element the team didn’t previously have before. It should lead the Titans to one of the league's most productive and talented offenses. 

With Jones on the field, the Titans might just be the best team in the NFL. 

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