Due to a lingering hamstring injury, Nate Washington’s role was limited during the Tennessee Titans’ opening night loss to the Steelers. Held to only a few snaps and a measly one catch for eight yards, his ability to provide the dimension of speed to the Titan offense had to wait at least another week.
Thanks to a few extra days off as a result of starting the season playing on a Thursday night, Nate’s had some more time to recuperate his bad hammy. According to Jeff Fisher, Nate has improved to the point where he is expected to play at least 50 or 60 snaps against the Texans on Sunday.
I don’t know about you guys, but I’m highly anticipating the impact that Nate can provide.
Perhaps the team’s biggest signing this offseason, Nate was reeled in to stretch the field for a Tennessee Titan wide receiver group that lacked a burner. Playing third-fiddle to the likes of Hines Ward and Santonio Holmes in Pittsburgh, Nate will finally have his opportunity to shine as a result of being penciled in as one of the Titans’ starting wideouts.
We got a tease of what Nate could do during the preseason. In limited action as a result of the starters only playing a small portion of the contests, it was a joy to see the potential that Nate could bring to the offense. He’s a guy that can line-up anywhere on the field to exploit a defense and his speed is a factor that requires the attention of opposing defensive coordinators.
With the steady play of veteran Justin Gage and the playmaking ability of rookie Kenny Britt, a WR trio of those two in addition to Nate looks great on paper. Kerry Collins is probably smiling about the prospects of the Titan passing game as I type these words. He’s gotta be licking his chops as he prepares to face the Texans, who gave up 272 passing yards to rookie Mark Sanchez last weekend.
Against Houston, as long as he’s able to stay in the game, I’m expecting a nice home debut performance by the guy we’ll hopefully be referring to as “Nate the Great” shortly.
So are you guys as excited as I am about what Nate can bring to the table of the Tennessee Titan offense?