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There are many questions about the crime of the Tennessee Titans entering 2022. Can 28-year-old Derek Henry maintain his dominance? Will Ryan Tiny Hale bounce back after his disappointing post-season performance? And of course, who will replace AJ Brown in the receiving game? Tennessee has added Robert Woods and Trailey Bricks, but there is another newcomer who could play a key role in his first NFL season.

In the fourth round of the 2022 NFL Draft, the Titans selected former Maryland hardliner Chigoziem Okonkwo. The “Chug” is a 6-foot-3, 238-pound weapon that is not your typical narrow end. The lack of ability to stop it makes up for it as a playmaker. Okonkwo plays big like a narrow end, but has wide receiver YAC expertise. In fact, he ran the fastest 40-yard dash of any hard end in the NFL Combine with 4.52. He’s a player who can hurt linebackers in the flat, and even someone who likes to use the tropes in a run game with reverse.

On the first day of Titans Manic Camp, Okonkwo caught three touchdowns while working in the red zone. According to Jim White on the Titans’ official website. Her performances have definitely caught the attention of Tenny Hale.

“Chug has done a great job for us,” Tiny Hale said via the Titans’ official website. “He’s made some great progress this spring. I’m proud of the way he’s come, he’s learned what to do, and we’ll keep pushing him. But just physically, To see his size, his strength, his speed, how he is able to play through touch, he definitely gives us another weapon. “

Okonkwo brings the talent required by creative aggressive communicators. He is a player who can line up as a normal narrow end, in a slot, or as an H-back / fulback type. Tennessee also signed tight end Austin Hooper in free agency, which could be something that allows offensive coordinator Todd Downing to have some fun with his second hard end.

“We’ve got a lot to do with it,” Downing said of Okunkov. “We’ve thrown a lot at him. I think he’s handled it well. I think he’s hungry and anxious to be happy. Obviously there are some new roles and some assignments that We’ve given him. A little bit of learning curves. But I think he’s doing a good job with it. “

Losing Brown is clearly a big blow to the offense, but if Okunko can prove he’s a versatile piece of defense at his fingertips, the Titans will have to beat AFC South for the third consecutive season. The best opportunity can be found.