As teams have forced the Tennessee Titans to rely on their passing game more to win games of late, perhaps the most consistent target on the field for quarterback Kerry Collins has been tight end Bo Scaife.
Scaife is having the best year of his four-year career thus far, as he potentially heads to unrestricted free agency. Those 10 catches on Sunday give him a team-high 42 catches for the year, 15 better than the next highest total _ 27 by Brandon Jones. He also has already eclipsed his previous best for yardage on Sunday when he ran his total to 422 yards. Last year, Scaife’s best before this year, he finished the year with 421 yards on 46 receptions.
It was well known that Scaife was one off Vince Young’s go-to guys the past two seasons, as their rapport and friendshipo dates back to when they were teammates at the University of Texas.
But now with Kerry Collins thrust into the starting position and the Titans rolling along at 9-0, Scaife has become even more productive.
“I definitely feel comfortable. Kerry has always thrown me the ball,” Scaife said. “Even last year a couple of times when Vince didn’t play, he found me a bunch. All the faith that he has in me, I appreciate, and I’m going to continue to do what I can do to make plays with him. Just to know that the coaching staff depends on me and has a lot of faith and confidence in me makes me feel good.”
Typical of that was Sunday’s effort in which he had 10 catches for 78 yards and the game-tying touchdown after Chicago had limited the Titans to just 20 yards rushing. If teams are going to continue to stack the box, a player like Scaife should continue to see his opportunities to make plays increase.
“We’re a run-first team, but we’ve got to be able to throw some times. We won our one-on-ones outside,” Collins said of Sunday’s game.
Scaife was a big part of that, and his rapport with Collins is something that developed almost as soon as Collins came off the bench for an injured Young in week one. Scaife turned a third-and-15 screen pass from Collins into a 44-yard gain that helped seal the Titans’ victory that day.
Just as Collins and the coaches are confident in Scaife’s ability to deliver in the passing game, Scaife is just as confident in himself.
“I’ve always been a guy who has wanted to ball, that wants to make plays. It’s not a cocky thing or an arrogant thing. I just want to be a guy that helps my team,” Scaife said.