ESPN's John Clayton is already on record with his expectations for the Broncos' Emmanuel Sanders. Now we've got more predictions coming in just before training camps open. The latest are from The Tennessean's Jim Wyatt, and he covers a handful of Titans.
Wyatt has wide receiver Kendall Wright catching 88 passes for 1,360 yards and eight touchdowns. Wright is the team's best fantasy player, according to Wyatt. He also says Wright's receptions total will drop from 94 to 88 due to more contributions from other players.
Rookie running back Bishop Sankey: 980 rushing yards and five touchdowns to go with 24 receptions for 242 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Wyatt says Sankey will be the Titans' most productive running back, but Dexter McCluster and Shonn Greene "will cut into his stats."
Tight end Delanie Walker : 62 catches, 646 yards, five touchdowns. Those numbers are similar to the ones Wyatt hinted at last week.
Wide receiver Justin Hunter : 44 catches, 690 yards, seven touchdowns. "He will have some monster weeks, and some quiet ones," Wyatt said.
The Wright prediction really jumps out at you. Only seven WRs had more than 1,360 yards last season, and Wright is seen as a top-notch possession receiver more than a big-play deep threat, like many in that group. Those catch and yardage totals compute out to a 15.45 yards-per-catch average. Wright put up a similar average as a senior in college, but that came in Baylor's version of the run and shoot offense. And his QB then was Robert Griffin III, not Jake Locker.
For these predictions to hit their mark, Locker needs to make a big improvement, one that I am skeptical he can actually make. And really, the Titans should employ a run-first offense. That's why Sankey is worth being an RB2. I predict he will end up with more than seven touchdowns as Greene is unable to stay healthy.