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With Delanie Walker out the Titans young pass catchers must grow up in a hurry First Youth Dion Lewis Jersey , I want to wish Delanie Walker a speedy recovery. Seeing him go down trying to fight for extra yards at the end of Sundayís game was the last thing anyone wanted to witness. It should also be said that Walker is irreplaceable. Heís one of the top two or three all-around tight ends in the NFL right now. He runs great routes, has sure hands, makes plays after the catch, and blocks his tail off every snap. Those types of guys donít grow on trees and they certainly donít grow on the picked over tree that is NFL free agency in September. The Titans have Jerome Cunningham on the practice squad if theyíd like to call him up to get a fourth tight end back on the roster quickly. They could also give old familiar names like Anthony Fasano, Phillip Supernaw, or Jace Amaro a call. Maybe even reach out to a guy like Coby Fleener if he has a clean bill of health after being released by the Saints earlier this year with a head injury that he was still dealing with from the previous season. All those guys would be depth moves though. None of them ó besides Cunningham and Supernaw ó would know the offense and frankly these guys just arenít that good. There isnít an instant fix on the market like there was at safety. Walkerís contributions, instead, will have to be replaced from within to the extent that they can be. The bulk of this burden will suddenly fall on second year tight end Jonnu Smith. The Titans drafted him in the 3rd round of the 2017 NFL Draft to be Walkerís long term successor as the teamís leading tight end, but that time frame will be sped up now. In his rookie season, Smith caught 18 passes for 157 yards and 2 touchdowns while being on the field for 54.3% of the Titans offensive snaps. The Florida International product looked natural as a pass catcher. At 6í-3Ē and 248 pounds, Smith is similar physically to Walker and even offers many of the same explosive athletic traits.What Smith doesnít have as a pass catcher is the nuanced route running and trust with quarterback Marcus Mariota that Walker had developed over three seasons working as a prime target for the Titans quarterback. Unfortunately ó or fortunately depending on your viewpoint ó that can only get better with time and reps. Smith will be getting plenty of reps in practice moving forward and will need to take advantage of them. What often gets undersold with Delanie Walker is his prowess as a blocker in the run game. Phantom holding calls aside, Walker is rarely unable to get the job done in the running game. Thatís critical for a good tight end as it allows your offense to truly be multiple within the same personnel packages. This is a part of the game that Smith still struggles with. He is a willing blocker, but not a very skilled one at this point in his career. The good news is that blocking is something that can develop over time in the NFL, the bad news is that the Titans donít have any more time. They need Smith to play well right away.Luke Stocker will certainly see more reps now and can help lighten the blocking load foisted on Smith, but heís not much of a pass catcher despite his 2 catches for 37 yardsstat line against the Dolphins. Stocker now becomes absolutely critical to the Titans running game. The surprise decision to keep camp standout Anthony Firkser as a 4th tight end now looks pretty good. Firkser, like Smith, is far more receiver than blocker, but he could give the Titans a chance to put some multiple tight end sets on the field that can present a threat in the passing game. His best quality is simply his feel for the game. He has a knack for finding soft spots in the defense and the quickness to beat linebackers. It will be interesting to see how much he is used next week. Of course, Walker was more than ďjustĒ a tight end, so it will take more than tight ends to replace him. He was Mariotaís go-to target on third downs, someone that the Titans young quarterback looked for when things broke down. Rishard Matthews seems like the natural fill-in here, but he was virtually invisible in Miami despite being on the field for over 50% of the offensive snaps. That likely has a lot to do with Matthews still being on the mend from a surgery to repair a torn meniscus, but the Titans now need him to be back to his reliable self in a hurry.The go-to receiver for the Titans in Week 1 was clearly Corey Davis who led all Titans with a whopping 13 targets, resulting in 6 catches for 62 yards. I thought Davis played well. Of the 7 targets that landed incomplete, 1 was a desperation throw in the back of the endzone on 3rd down that never gave him a chance, 4 were straight misses from the quarterback (2 for Mariota, 2 for Blaine Gabbert), and 2 appeared to be miscommunications (both with Gabbert, including one where it appeared that Gabbert missed an adjustment that Davis was trying to signal to him pre-snap). Iíll go deeper in to this when the All-22 comes out.If Davis wasnít already going to be the focal point of the passing game, he certainly will be now. He is the most important non-quarterback on the Titans roster at this point so he needs to stay healthy and be productive. He did a few good things on Sunday, but Tennessee will need a lot more from him moving forward. One other guy that I think factors in to replacing Walkerís production is Dion Lewis. He had an outstanding debut ó one of the few bright spots on a gloomy Sunday ó and showed his value as a pass catcher out of the backfield. That ability will be extremely important moving forward. It will be interesting to see if the Titans feature more 11-personnel or even go with more 2-back sets in an attempt to get their best 11 on the field together.Walker was targeted at team-high 111 times in 2017 ó 24 more than the next closest Titan ó so that leaves a ton of opportunity for guys like Davis, Matthews, Smith, and Lewis. Davis was supposed to be ready to take the next step this year anyway, but now that step is more important than ever. Smith, on the other hand, wasnít supposed to be ready this year, but he has to be now. You never know how a guy will respond when heís tossed in to the fire. You hope that Smith will step up to the challenge, but we will find out starting next week against Houston. Heís not going to be Walker by any means, but if the Titans can get a passable performance from him and some of his other teammates to rise to the occasion, they may still be OK without their best player on offense.Get well soon Delanie.Marcus Mariota and the value of a quick throwing motion Timing.When we think about how a pass play in football succeeds http://www.titansauthorizedshops.com/authentic-malcolm-butler-jersey , the most important aspect is timing. Many factors play into a pass play ending up as near perfect as it can get.The pass must be thrown on time. The quarterback must anticipate an opening on time. The receiver must locate the ball on time, and the receiver must attack the ball on time.In the NFL, if you donít consistently display good timing, youíre not going to be a quality player. Thatís as simple as it gets, and quarterbacks especially need to have a high level of acumen. (making quick decisions) For as physically and mentally demanding as the other positions of the sport are, the quarterback spot in comparison has a laundry list of tasks that need to be accomplished to look the part of a quarterback.Quarterbacks must recognize defensive alignments pre-snap and post snap. They must recognize if theyíre up against man coverage, zone coverage, Cover 1, Cover 3, a blitz, a disguised blitz, a zone blitz, the list goes on. Then, they must recognize the receiver routes, play with poise in the pocket (with or without pressure), throw into open or tight windows, and go through their progressions.Itís a position that is almost impossible to be near flawless at, which is why we commend guys like Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Russell Wilson and Drew Brees for doing what they do at a consistently high level. These quarterbacks are phenomenal because of how theyíre able to process and respond to different situations on time. Oftentimes itís how quickly you throw the ball that gives you the edge over the defense. Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota is noted for his quick throwing motion. Casual fans tend not to look at how quarterbacks get to the results, instead favoring viewpoints such as touchdowns, interceptions, passer rating, wins, and situational play. But if we look at what gets to the results, we can find how easy or difficult it was to get to said result.A quick throwing motion is just one way to make it that much easier to get a positive pass play to work.Of course, Marcus Mariota isnít the only quarterback with a quick throwing motion. Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino was famous for his quick release, and in the 21st century, guys like Peyton Manning, Tony Romo and Philip Rivers have also been noted for their quick releases. Even younger quarterbacks like Derek Carr and Marcus Mariota have these quick throwing motions.Obviously, the longer the distance of the pass, the longer the throwing motion required to make the pass (and vice versa). But guys like Marino, Manning, Romo and Rivers have been the exceptions to this rule. These guys were/are able to ensure their passes get released as soon as possible while also being able to generate enough juice on the pass to travel the necessary distance to hit the receiver. This allows for rocket passes without the pesky windup. In other words, via Football University:So, to illustrate why a quicker throwing motion is an important ability to have, letís take a look at a couple of examples from seasons past where it greatly enhanced the following plays.First up is Tony Romoís touchdown throw to tight end Gavin Escobar back in Week 7 of the 2014 season against the New York Giants. I consider this game to the be the finest Romo has ever played (seriously, go watch it!), and this was arguably his best throw of the day.gamepass.nfl.comHere, Escobar (in motion) is running a skinny post route to the end zone, stemming against the defensive back to get inside leverage. Once Romo notices Escobar is leading the race against the defensive back by a hair, thatís when he knows heís got his target.What makes an attempt here tricky is Romo also has to fit the ball against the high safety Rashaan Evans Jersey , who is watching Romo all the way. This is where a quicker throwing motion comes in handy. If youíre releasing this pass at the speed of a player like Tim Tebow, chances are itís going to be picked off. But Romoís release is insanely quick, eliminating any chance the high safety has at making a play on the ball. And not only that.....gamepass.nfl.com...but the pass itself is thrown beautifully. Romo places the football into a spot where only Escobar can make a play on it, delivering on time with a rocket fast throwing motion.Using another example, letís look at future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manningís performance in the 2013 AFC Championship Game against the New England Patriots. While his skill set got weaker as his career went on, Manning was able to play at a high level post surgery because of his intelligence and ability to adjust his skill set.gamepass.nfl.comOn this play, Demaryius Thomas is running a simple post route. Unlike Romoís highlighted throw from above, this time the concern for Manning is getting the throw to Thomas on time without the defensive back covering Thomas getting a fingertip on the ball. Now, if Manning releases the ball with a longer windup, itíll result in a late, behind throw that will most likely be intercepted. But because of Manningís acumen, and because his release is fast, he manages to fit the ball into a small window perfectly. With two examples shown, letís get to the man of the hour, Marcus Mariota.Mariota has yet to have the resume of Tony Romo or Peyton Manning, but thatís because heís played three years in the league. What he does share with both quarterbacks is the laser rocket quick throwing motion.For Mariotaís turn, letís look at his Week 15, 2017 performance at San Francisco.gamepass.nfl.comFrom this angle, the highlighted play looks like busted coverage, a fluke touchdown if you will. How could the linebacker let Rishard Matthews get open so easily? But if we look at this play from a different angle, we can find that thereís more to it than the naked eye can initially process.So, to help understand why Matthews was able to get so open, Iíve exercised the liberty of capturing the play shot by shot.gamepass.nfl.comFirst, notice that Mariotaís eyes look outside left. drawing linebacker #50ís attention as well as linebacker #56. Based on how theyíre watching Mariota, the linebackers are expecting Matthews to run a corner route and look to undercut it.Thatís exactly what Mariota wanted them to do. His right foot is dragging, but watch how his left foot is positioned; Itís clear that heís baiting the linebackers with his eyes and footwork to catch them off guard.gamepass.nfl.com#56 sits under what he believes to be a corner route, and #50 does the same. At this point, both of Mariotaís feet are contorted to the spot he wants to throw the ball. As you may have guessed, where Mariota wants to throw the ball is not the same area the linebackers think Mariota is throwing the ball to.gamepass.nfl.comTaking advantage of the linebackers with his eyes, Mariota throws above and to the right of #50. Heís off guard, and #56, expecting easy pickings, is certainly off guard.The result of the play goes in Tennesseeís favor for a touchdown. Letís take a look at a GIF of the full play.gamepass.nfl.comAs heís about to throw the ball, Mariota has all the momentum on his side; Heís already thrown the linebackers off guard with the positioning of his eyes and footwork, now itís up to his timing to finish the play off. With a longer release, #50 has more time to catch up to the pass and break it up or pick it off.But Mariotaís lightning quick release destroys any chance #50 has at doing so. He fits this in perfectly to Matthews for a touchdown thatís far more impressive than the broadcast angle would have you believe.These lightning quick releases arenít necessarily crucial for every quarterback. A guy like Cam Newton can fit balls into all sorts of windows because of the insane power he creates with his arm, and as long as he has enough juice his timing is on point. But for a guy like Mariota who doesnít have the arm strength of a guy like Matthew Stafford, this offsets that deficiency and in turn gives Mariota a dangerous tool he can use to further exploit defenses.If youíre going to train your quarterback to develop his timing, perhaps teaching him to utilize a quicker throwing motion should do the trick.
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