While it may be hard to drool over the one-year signing of a receiver with just 31 career receptions, Michael Campanaro is an addition that could make contributions in a couple of different areas for the Titans next season.
The most anticipated spot will be in the passing game. The 5-foot-9 receiver is expected to join Taywan Taylor and Tajae Sharpe in the slot position. Given the depth already on the inside, Campanaro will have to compete for his time on the field, similar to how he operated with the Baltimore Ravens in 2017.
Last season Campanaro posted career-high numbers in every major receiving category. He was targeted 27 times, and hauled in 19 receptions for 173 yards and one touchdown. It was also the only year he has been able to stay healthy.
In his rookie season Campanaro missed six games with a hamstring injury, and followed that up with a season-ending back injury four games into his second season. Before his 2016 could get started, Campanaro was cut by the Ravens after battling a calf sprain in training camp. He returned to play three games later that season.
He took advantage of his opportunity once healthy in 2017, and became the primary punt returner for the Ravens. Camapanaro averaged 10.8 years per return, good enough for fourth in the NFL last season.
His lone return touchdown came in a game against the Bears after avoiding one defender and running untouched down the left sideline for an easy score.
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Don’t expect Campanaro to immediately assume that role on the Titans, however, because Tennessee already have its primary return man in Adoree’ Jackson. Jackson was the Titans first-round selection in the 2017 NFL Draft, and was known for his electrifying return abilities at Southern California. He averaged 8.5 yards per return as a rookie.
At the very least Campanaro will be a solid reserve in the slot and as a returner next season. Given the long list of injuries every year at those positions, that could be something the Titans could need.