Mularkey: Green-Beckham has to 'earn' a starting job


Dorial Green-Beckham insisted in March that he could operate as a top wideout for the Tennessee Titans.

"That's my motivation," said DGB. "To go out in the offseason and work hard and try to become that No. 1 receiver and go out there and just dominate."

In an offense with Kendall Wright, Rishard Matthews, Justin Hunter and Harry Douglas all battling for targets, Green-Beckham will face competition. Coach Mike Mularkey made it clear this week that the second-year wideout won't be handed a starting job.

"That all depends on him," Mularkey said this week of Green-Beckham's "upside," per Joe Rexrode of the Tennessean. "How effective is he out here (at organized team activities), first? And then we get into these preseason games, see how much we can load him up. We also know we've got some other options too that will be competing with him. So it's not a for sure he's lining up at 'X' for us on opening Sunday. They've got to earn it."

If Green-Beckham isn't out there in Week 1 as Tennessee's top pass-catcher, chalk it up as a disappointment. While he struggled through moments of inconsistency as a rookie, DGB also showed "flashes" of brilliance, per Mularkey -- and per anyone who watched his tape.

Green-Beckham also has the confidence of quarterback Marcus Mariota, who gushed over his teammate, saying: "I mean, the dude's a stud. Physically, he's very gifted. He made a couple plays today that's gonna be needed."

We're buried deep in the offseason Trope Forest, but it's not too early to get excited about this Titans offense. If Mariota picks up where he left off and DGB can make the leap, Tennessee has a chance to make noise in the AFC South.