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Treylon Burks, Chig Okonkwo proving to be key for Titans offense; AFC South analysis

Ben Arthur

AFC South Reporter

Titans wide receiver Treylon Burks embarrassed the Packers’ Jaire Alexander on Thursday Night Football. 

With 2:04 left, holding a 27-17 lead and needing a first down to officially put the game away, the Titans dialed up a deep shot — an aggressive decision. It worked, though. Ryan Tannehill hit Burks, who picked up 51 yards. 

It wasn’t so much about the soul-crushing explosive play, but what the first-round rookie showed on it. Here was the Titans’ top pick, lined up against one of the best cornerbacks in football in Alexander, imposing his will. He stacked Alexander and picked up about 18 yards — with the 2020 Pro Bowler trying to drag him down — before he could get tackled at the 5-yard line. 

Popping up from the ground, Burks gave Alexander the “too small” gesture. 

In his second game back from injured reserve, the former Arkansas star had his coming out party: seven receptions on eight targets for 111 yards. Burks showed that he could be the receiver Tennessee (7-3) needs to replace A.J. Brown’s production. 

He has the upside to transform the Titans offense, which has built up momentum in the passing game over the past couple of weeks. A unit that was one-dimensional (a Derrick Henry-first run attack) and had a talent-deficient wide receiver room is much more threatening for the playoffs with Burks. 

“He’s a heck of a player,” quarterback Ryan Tannehill said Tuesday. “He’s been great to work with. He’s easy to work with. He’s talented, obviously. He’s got size. He’s got strength. Great hands. Judges the ball well. Can run. (He) has everything you’re looking for.”

Another emerging weapon for Tennessee in the pass game? Fellow rookie Chig Okonkwo. The fourth-round tight end has had a reception of 30+ yards in each of the last three games. He’s been a walking explosive play for the Titans in recent weeks. 

Okonkwo flashed his receiving skills in training camp and the preseason, and it seems to be coming together for him…


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