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Rookie Tajae Sharpe making his way up Titans receiver depth chart

UMass v Notre Dame

SOUTH BEND, IN - SEPTEMBER 26: KeiVarae Russell #6 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish intercepts a pass over Tajae Sharpe #1 of the Massachusetts Minutemen at Notre Dame Stadium on September 26, 2015 in South Bend, Indiana. Nore Dame defeated Umass 62-27. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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Titans coach Mike Mularkey said in May that the team’s wide receivers needed to make major improvements heading into the 2016 season and a player who wasn’t part of the team last year is doing his best to make that happen.

The Titans drafted Tajae Sharpe in the fifth-round this year and his first couple of months with the team have seen him make a strong first impression. Wide receivers coach Bob Bratkowski said Sharpe’s performance level is “as high, or higher, than any of the guys in the group” and he’s currently running ahead of Dorial Green-Beckham and Justin Hunter at split end.

“It’s a good start,” Bratkowski said, via “Obviously there are a lot of things down the road here that we’re going to have to deal with. But he’s very intelligent; he’s an extremely hard worker. He spends more time studying, getting extra help than anyone we have. He’s just in here constantly, on football. Plus he’s very well skilled. He plays fast, he is a crisp route-runner and with the intangibles of the studying and all the work that he puts in in the side, that’s giving him a chance to start.”

Green-Beckham showed some good things during his rookie season, but Bratkowski said that time missed in college after being dismissed from the University of Missouri is still impacting him as he moves into his second season. That’s opened a door for Sharpe to join Kendall Wright and Rishard Matthews in what the Titans hope will be a more effective group this season.