Titans still need WR Damian Williams

March, 24, 2014
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Damian Williams doesn’t rank as a big-ticket free agent by any means.

In four seasons with the Titans, he’s been a role player, not a front-liner.

In 54 games he had 17 starts, pulling in 106 catches for 1,313 yards and five touchdowns.

The free-agent market is loaded with wide receivers -- or perhaps we should say was. Since free agency opened March 11, 33 veteran receivers have signed.

Williams, however, remains unsigned and his name has not been out there at all that I have seen or heard.

I’m told the Titans remain interested.

Here's Bill Polian's scouting report :
Williams is a perimeter wide receiver who has enough trigger and wiggle to generate separation at the top of his routes on those that come back to the quarterback. While he has good speed, he does not show a knack for dislodging from man coverage down the field and in competitive catch situations. A young wideout who can compete as a fourth receiver but has the ceiling to be a No. 2 or 3 if he realizes his maximum potential.

I think Williams is a good piece to have. He was rated as the smartest receiver in the group’s meeting room last season and can line up at every position. That’s a nice thing to have in a team’s fourth guy.

Right now, Kendall Wright, Justin Hunter and Nate Washington are the top three at the position. The fourth spot should belong to Michael Preston and Marc Mariani could rank fifth. But Williams is better and more proven than both.

The Titans have re-signed five of their own free agents already in safety Bernard Pollard, end Ropati Pitoitua, running back Jackie Battle, return man Leon Washington and Mariani.

Tennessee has expressed some interest in Nate Burleson. But it’s a deep draft at receiver.

Maybe they will look to upgrade on Williams. But I think they need a better fourth guy than they have right now, and bringing back Williams would help them.

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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