Tennessee Titans, Def, Titans
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2015 Outlook: Do Not DraftLast updated on Aug-20-2015 by Shawn Childs
Tennessee has a favorable schedule against both the run and the pass. They have nine above-average run matches with only three tough games – CAR and HOU (X 2). On the passing side, the Titans face four top passing teams – ATL, NO, and IND (X 2). They have 10 games against below-average passing teams.
The Titans allowed the second-most rushing yards (2,195) with 17 rushing TDs. Teams gained 4.3 yards per rush, which is about the league average. Their lack of success against the run game was due to the most rushing attempts per game allowed (32.2).
Tennessee has one elite defensive end – Jurrell Casey. He has played well over the last two years, which has resulted in 16 sacks, 22 QB hits, and 67 hurries with neutral value against the run. The nose tackle position is wide open with Sammie Lee Hill, Al Woods, and Angelo Blackson competing for the job. I don't think any these players will offer an impact. DE Ropati Pitoilua is coming off his best season defending the run with no value in the pass rush. Pitoilua was signed as undrafted free agent in 2008.
Their top linebacker is Derrick Morgan who was drafted in the first round in 2010. His strength is rushing the QB (seven QB sacks, eight QB hits, and 34 QB hurries). They have two weak middle linebackers – Wesley Woodyard and Avery Williamson. Both players offer below average skills. The best upside at the position will come from LB Zack Brown (second round in 2012) and LB Zaviar Gooden (third round in 2013). LB Brian Orakpo will offer plus value rushing the QB with talent stopping the run game.
Last year Tennessee had 39 sacks, which was the league average total. They allowed 28 passing TDs with 12 INTs with league average passing yards allowed (3,773).
Jason McCourty is their top cornerback, but he allowed the second-most receiving yards (1,041) in 2014 with three TDs and three INTs. In addition, CB Perrish Cox finished ninth in passing yards allowed (830) with three TDs and five INTs. S Da'Norris Searcy played well in both run support and pass coverage.
Overall, this defense has three strong players and two CBs with more upside that can place more pressure on the QB. They have a chance to be league average against the run if their offense can keep the defense off the field. I see them as a value backup fantasy defense with upside in the right matchups.
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