The Titans signed wide receiver Eric Decker on Sunday, officially giving Marcus Mariota the most talented group of receivers he’s worked with in his career so far. Mariota’s not the only NFL quarterback to be so lucky this season, either.
Decker was cut by the Jets, a team that may not be tanking but sure isn’t setting itself up to succeed this season. Less than a week later, he signed with Tennessee. He joins rookies Corey Davis and Taywan Taylor, as well as Rishard Matthews and tight ends Delanie Walker and Jonnu Smith.
The signing made perfect sense for the Titans. Bringing in Decker means they have a reliable veteran presence in the receiving corps who can contribute right away and help the rookies develop. It’s great news for Mariota, who may be able to take his game to the next level with these offensive upgrades.
Which other teams have given their quarterbacks the best group of receivers they’ve had to work with so far in their careers?
We can’t fully know because, unlike the Cardinals, we’re not inside the Astros’ database, but from the outside it looks as though Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow and his aides just created a mashup of Earl Weaver and Billy Beane:
Go heavy on pitching and power. Houston (50-25) was fourth in Best Site For Cheap Jerseys the majors in ERA and first in home runs and slugging percentage through June 23.
Draft college hitters. Six are on the current 40-man roster, led by Cheap NFL Jerseys Paypal 2015 first-rounder Alex Bregman. And Bregman was a gift, because he was the compensation for Houston not signing high school pitcher Brady Aiken with the first pick in 2014.
Constantly tweak the roster, hunt for bargains. The Astros used an average of 47.4 players from 2012 to 2016; the number has steadily decreased as the team has improved. Four Cheap Dolphins Jerseys current players came off the waiver wire. Two were minor league free agents.