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Titans will face Pats with only four receivers

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If the Titans have any five-receiver sets in their playbook, they’ll need to rip out those pages for Week One.

The team that will host the Patriots has only four receivers on the roster:  Nate Washington, Damian Williams, Lavelle Hawkins, and Kendall Wright.

“If we felt differently we would’ve done something about it,” coach Mike Munchak said, via Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean.  “We feel good about those guys.  They have been consistent and they’ve stayed healthy.  They are coming off the best years they’ve had, and they’ve had solid camps.  So we are excited about them, and you add [the tight ends] to it and the running backs, we have guys who can make plays.

“We feel like we have plenty of weapons, where if we play right, we could be ready to play against anybody.”

The team’s top receiver, when he’s healthy, is Kenny Britt.  But Britt has been suspended for the first week of the 2012 regular season.

As Munchak said, the team also has tight ends and running backs — including running back Darius Reynaud, who was a receiver in college and earlier in his NFL career.

Britt was expected to play only 10-15 snaps in Week One, if he hadn’t been suspended.  It’s unknown how many more snaps he’ll be able to take in Week Two, when the Titans goes to San Diego.

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19 Responses to “Titans will face Pats with only four receivers”
  1. brokentreehousemusic says: Sep 3, 2012 12:13 AM

    Only four receivers on a 53-man roster? It’s not like the Titans need much depth at any other posi… oh wait, that’s right.

  2. Biggie says: Sep 3, 2012 12:23 AM

    Why don’t they just sign some of the 49 receivers the Pats just cut?

  3. pftbad says: Sep 3, 2012 12:41 AM

    4 WR’s + Britt’s coming back after week 1. Just how many receivers do you think are active on game day? How many receivers do you think teams carry. 5 receivers but one is sitting out a game. Real groundbreaking stuff here.

  4. catquick says: Sep 3, 2012 2:29 AM

    The Pats only have 4 receivers also.

  5. tennesseeoilers says: Sep 3, 2012 5:33 AM

    Titans fans aren’t concerned about this. We know that tight end Jared Cook, who runs a 4.4 forty, has been touted by coaches as having wide receiver potential since his rookie year. He knows the playbook well and, in an emergency, would no doubt be more effective at the position than many of our starting WR’s of years past.

  6. pastabelly says: Sep 3, 2012 5:35 AM

    The Patriots really only have four as well since Slater will only see the field on special teams. One of the remaining three has never caught a pass from the QB in a preseason or regular season game.

  7. tedmurph says: Sep 3, 2012 6:40 AM

    Ain’t gonna mater how many receivers they have.

  8. eventhorizon04 says: Sep 3, 2012 7:03 AM

    That’s a shame.

    A great way to exploit the Patriots’ weak pass defense is through 4 and 5-WR sets.

  9. descendency says: Sep 3, 2012 7:07 AM

    (Actual) WRs on NE’s roster:

    Brandon Lloyd
    Wes Welker
    Julian Edelman

    Yes… that’s 3 “receivers”, 1 fewer than the Titans (and before someone points out Matthew Slater… he’s purely a special teams captain and has almost never contributed anything in the passing game other than being a decoy.)

  10. descendency says: Sep 3, 2012 7:08 AM

    (Actual) WRs on NE’s roster:

    Brandon Lloyd
    Wes Welker
    Julian Edelman
    [Greg Salas will probably be inactive to get time to get up to speed in the Patriots offense.]

    Yes… that’s 3 “receivers”, 1 fewer than the Titans (and before someone points out Matthew Slater… he’s purely a special teams captain and has almost never contributed anything in the passing game other than being a decoy.)

  11. jpb12 says: Sep 3, 2012 7:08 AM

    Pats only have 4 WR’s. And they’re a pass first team.

  12. darthvader89 says: Sep 3, 2012 7:10 AM

    Titans were already limited by Britt’s injury in what they could do anyway. It still hurts them that BB knows exactly what personal they will have up for Sunday though, NE will probably annihilate them.

    Non-partisan opinion-Ravens fan

  13. youarewrongandthisiswhy says: Sep 3, 2012 8:17 AM

    Most teams carry six and have 4/5 active on Sunday.

    Even with Britt, thats a very mediocre group. But CJ will make them look above average.

  14. sportsmeccabi says: Sep 3, 2012 8:31 AM

    Jared Cook lines up at wide out all the time too. It’s not a big deal.

  15. cromags says: Sep 3, 2012 8:31 AM

    How come you’re not an NFL consultant yet?

  16. j0esixpack says: Sep 3, 2012 8:33 AM

    This is much ado about nothing.

    How many reps does the 5th WR get on the Patriots, let alone the Titans? Are their RBs and TEs unable to catch the ball either?

    Now if the Titans suffer 3 injuries against the Patriots – all to their WRs – then a criticism do depth at WR will be justified. But until then carrying 4 WRs is a non-issue.

  17. thepvyharvin says: Sep 3, 2012 9:04 AM

    Big deal, the Vikings play all the time with 1 or 2 receivers!

  18. baffinbay says: Sep 3, 2012 9:49 AM

    Yeah but the Vikings suck!

  19. backindasaddle says: Sep 3, 2012 5:57 PM

    The Pats TE’s are highly productive pass catchers. The Pats can use them out of a multitude of formations and they simply do not need 5 or 6 WE’s. More WE’s on the Pats would simply mean those two great TE’s would not be on the field and would remove flexibility it gives them. Right now with the TE’s the Pats can leave the same players on the field, ratchet up the tempo and attack a defense with sets that they have no clue on what’s coming.

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