“I’d say (he’s) inconsistent still. It’s bad day, good day, same thing since the very first day.”
That was Tennessee Titans coach Mike Mularkey’s evaluation of wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham after last week’s intra-squad scrimmage at Nissan Stadium. And, after answering reporters as honestly as he could when asked about the second-year wide out’s progress, Mularkey and general manager John Robinson apparently got tired of waiting.
The Titans traded Green-Beckham Tuesday to the Philadelphia Eagles for former fifth-round offensive lineman Dennis Kelly.
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“I just think based on his skill set, he’s big, smart and tough and he’s versatile,” Robinson said of Kelly in a press conference officially announcing the transaction. “He’s played a lot of positions, so he’ll be a nice added mix to that group for us.
“(The trade) was really just value based. Dennis was a guy we thought could help our football team, would make us a more competitive position up there.”
Much ado had been made about Green-Beckham’s role in the new Titans offensive regime during this past off-season. Coming off a rookie 2015-16 campaign in which he played in all 16 games with five starts last season, tallying 32 catches for 549 yards and four touchdowns, both fans and team personnel expected him to assume a starting role in the year to come.
But, the lack of any notable progression on the part of Green-Beckham in training camp led to him being leapfrogged on the depth chart by fifth-round rookie Tajae Sharpe.
Green-Beckham was a pick of former general manager Ruston Webster and was viewed as a value with “superstar potential” in last year’s NFL Draft after off-field problems and his dismissal from Missouri’s football team caused him to slip to the second round. As for Kelly, the former 2012 fifth-round pick out of Purdue helps to bolster an offensive line unit that has already seen Byron Bell and Josue Matias injured for the entirety of the 2016-17 season.
The Titans starting offensive line allowed for the most sacks in the NFL last season.