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Titans' Callahan backs Burks despite WR additions

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The Titans added new starters at wide receiver this offseason, but Tennessee head coach Brian Callahan remains optimistic that wideout Treylon Burks will finally make an impact in 2024.

"As far as Treylon's role, he's gonna play everything," Callahan said Thursday, according to's Nick Shook. "We've told him that from the beginning. He's gonna play inside, he's gonna play outside, and he's gonna carve out a role for himself."

The Titans drafted Burks in the first round of the 2022 draft with expectations that he'd become one of their main weapons after they traded A.J. Brown to the Philadelphia Eagles.

However, Burks hasn't lived up to the hype, as he caught just 16 passes for 221 yards and no touchdowns in 2023, down from a 33-444-1 stat line in 2022. Injuries have limited the Arkansas product to 11 appearances in each of the last two seasons.

The Titans - who signed receiver DeAndre Hopkins in the 2023 offseason - kept adding wide receivers in 2024, signing Calvin Ridley to a four-year, $92-million contract. Most recently, Tennessee brought in Tyler Boyd, who worked with Callahan on the Cincinnati Bengals. Callahan said last month that he needed a pass-catcher to step up for Tennessee in the slot, Boyd's primary position.

But Callahan also said that Burks has "had a really good offseason" as he tries to earn a spot as one of the Titans' main receivers.

"I'm excited about what he can bring for us. … I think he's gonna have a role to play," the first-year coach added.

Hopkins led the Titans with 75 receptions, 1,057 yards, and seven touchdowns in 2023.

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