Tennessee Titans, Def, Titans
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2016 Outlook: Quality BackupLast updated on Jul-27-2016 by Shawn Childs
Tennessee finished 15th in the league in rushing yards allowed (1797) with 11 rushing TDs. They only allowed 3.9 yards per carry, which was the 9th lowest total in the league. Their failure in the run defense was tied to game score leading 28.9 rushing attempts per game (6th most in the league).
They allowed 3678 passing yards (7th in lowest in the league) with 34 passing TDs, 11 Ints, and 39 sacks. Titans allowed 7.9 yards per pass attempt, which does invite some downside risk.
DE Jurrell Casey played at a high level against the run with some success rushing the QB (seven sacks). His overall game ranks highly for his position. NT Al Woods held his own against the run with no upside on passing downs. He'll battle incoming rookie Austin Jackson for the starting job while succeeding snaps on passing downs. DE DaQuan Jones also added value to the Titans' run defense while failing to produce a sack in his 16 games played. Tennessee would like DE Kevin Dodd to hit the ground running to help in the pass rush.
LB Wesley Woodyard played great against the run with some success rushing the QB (five sacks). He also played well in pass coverage. LB Brian Orakpo had neutral value in run support with success attacking the QB (seven sacks). LB Derrick Morgan was a league average defender at his position. He missed six games in 2015 due to a shoulder injury that will limit his playing time headed into training camp. LB Avery Williamson was the Titans' weakest player at linebacker last year with most of his failure coming in the pass rush and coverage.
S Da'Norris Searcy played at high level in pass coverage and run support in his first season with Tennessee. Rashad Johnson looks like the favorite to win the starting free safety job after signing in the offseason. He graded just below the league average in pass coverage in 2015 while being a slight liability defending the run. CB Jason McCourty struggled in pass coverage in his four starts before suffering a season-ending groin injury that required surgery for the second time. The other cornerback slot will be made up of multiple players with weak resumes from 2015.
This defense has four to five players that offer upside, but they could have risk at CB unless the Titans put more pressure on the QB. Tennessee's defense would be helped by playing from the lead. The Titans will have success against the run, and I expect this defense to offer some matchup value in the Fantasy market. I would draft them as my second defense with the hopes of further development by the change in coaching staff.
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