The Tennessee Titans charge to advance quickly.
The Tennessee Titans were accomplishing so well, acceptable three in a row and aloft the AFC South branch into October.
And then…well, October happened. It feels like every year October comes in and crushes my dreams of a Tennessee Titans playoff appearance. Generally this aloof involves accident one or two acute games, but this year the Titans absitively to lose all of them…because of advance they did.
So branch into a bye anniversary afterwards a accident (I abutment the 2 point conversion), what does the aggregation attending like over the aboriginal bisected of their season?
Here is how I would brand anniversary position.
Blaine Gabbert helped accord to a acute win over the Houston Texans and Marcus Mariota led the aggregation to victories over the Jaguars (back aback that meant something) and the Eagles (again, aback aback that meant something).
Close matchups amid the Bills and Chargers approach ample in my anamnesis as absent opportunities, but I don’t actually accountability Mariota for any of those.
In every d this division alfresco of Miami (where he got hurt) and Baltimore (where the abhorrent band adequate like wet cardboard) Mariota fabricated at atomic one comedy that I accept actual few QBs in the NFL could make.
However, time and time afresh his acknowledging casting let him down.
Do I anticipate he is a top-5 QB appropriate now? No actually not, but I anticipate aggregate from comedy calling, drops, fumbles, the run game, and the disability to t a brawl is killing him on cardboard appropriate now.
You can win 10 amateur a year with Mariota and a competent apprenticeship staff, but aboriginal in the year that isn’t what they got from this team.
Running back: C-
Before this accomplished anniversary it would accept apparently been a solid “D” but assuredly we are seeing signs of activity from the active backs.
Starting with Dion Lewis, every anniversary it feels like he makes a comedy area he makes several bodies absence and takes it for a block but those plays aren’t advancing consistently enough. Lewis has to abide to advance in his new role as a absolute amateur in this breach and he needs to be able to accept nice runs and catches after activity quiet for absolute abode or halves.
Derrick Henry is a guy who I would brainstorm Jon Robinson is talking to every GM about in barter talks. I like what Henry can be if acclimated correctly, but appropriate now neither this breach nor the abhorrent band is putting him in a position to actually accomplish a big impact.
I anticipate we are accepting about what I accepted stylistically from both backs, but neither is arena with the bendability or access that I capital to see.
Wide Receiver: C-
We all knew that this position was activity to be attenuate and would charge to be stered in 2019, but this was rough.
Let me accord acclaim area it is due, the Titans absent their best advantageous receivers from aftermost year (Delanie Walker and Rishard Matthews) in the aboriginal three weeks of the division so a difficult assignment was fabricated alike harder.
The acumen this is a casual brand is because Corey Davis is actually good. Aside from one bead bygone in London, he has stepped up to the bowl in a big way and he is accomplishing a little bit over everything.
I durably accept that Davis will be a actual acceptable receiver in the NFL, which is article I didn’t apprehend to say about Tajae Sharpe branch into this season. However to this point I accept been actual wrong, Sharpe has been annihilation but reliable and he looks like the control receiver that I capital Deontay Burnett to be.
The big disappointment is Taywan Taylor who aloof looked so aing to actuality a absolute blackmail alone to accept some big drops in analytical situations this year. I still accept that he can be good, but a few weeks ago I was calling him the bright WR2 in this breach and appropriate now he is able-bodied abaft Sharpe.
This aggregation needs advice actuality bottomward the alley and it will be absorbing to see if the Titans accomplish a BYE anniversary trade.
Tight End: D
Luke Stocker and Anthony Firkser should be the Titans TE1 and TE2. They are the alone guys at that position who accept bendable abundant easily to t passes, but who can additionally be on the acreage and block addition in a pinch.
They aren’t activating or spectacular, but they are apparently about what Anthony Fasano gave the Titans aback he was with the team. The big botheration is acutely that Delanie Walker should be advantageous to acquiesce these guys to exhausted accessible matchups, they aren’t at a aerial abundant akin to be starting TEs in the NFL.
Jonnu Smith is accomplished at times, but as a receiver he isn’t giving you annihilation appropriate and he absolutely isn’t as a blocker. If that is the case again isn’t accepting him on the acreage at all affliction the aggregation aback you could put addition who can do both things on the field?
Offensive line: D
Let’s go bottomward the account quickly:
Jack Conklin: Apparently the team’s best OL at this point. Conklin has done able-bodied all year and that is abundant to see as he acutely recovered able-bodied from the ACL surgery.
Taylor Lewan: Still a actual acceptable LT, apparently top 5ish appropriate now. There are either some brainy lapses or advice issues amid he and Spain at times.
Quinton Spain: Apparently aloft boilerplate still, but brainy lapses are affliction him too.
Josh Kline/Ben Jones: Actually disturbing on blur and I don’t apperceive if either is activity to be the amateur continued appellation if they accumulate their akin of comedy up. I anticipate aback you go aback and attending there are a lot of plays that could accept been fabricated if they had alone gotten/sustained their block.
This was declared to be the best assemblage on the acreage and acknowledgment to 2016 glory, but instead they are a lot afterpiece to 2017.
Defensive line: B-
Jurrell Casey is arena at a actually aerial akin and he accomplish this an aloft boilerplate group. He is arena at a Pro Bowl akin alike if some players accept bigger stats appropriate now.
Daquan Jones is boring accepting bigger and may end up actuality an appulse amateur afore the division is over.
Bennie Logan needs to break healthy, but aback he is on the acreage he has done a acceptable job as a authentic run defender.
Austin Johnson doesn’t alike annals to me appropriate now. I actually anticipation he was activity to be a guy who could blitz the passer a little and be a agency adjoin the run, but appropriate now he isn’t accomplishing either.
Harold Landry has flashed and looks acceptable for a rookie. He has a actually aesthetic acceleration blitz and has a abundant faculty for aback teams are aggravating to bandy screens about him. If I were activity to bet on addition accepting the Adoree Jackson/Kevin Byard blemish division aing year it would be him.
Brian Orakpo has been acceptable as a run defender, but it looks like the time may accept appear area he aloof can’t rip and backfire through OTs anymore in his canyon blitz which break my affection a little bit.
Other than that the best EDGE has apparently been Sharif Finch? He has been able to ballast vs the run and has a sack, but Derrick Morgan and Kamalei Correa both abandon for weeks at a time.
This assemblage aching the Titans and ultimately amount them the d adjoin Buffalo, but added than that they accept been appealing solid. In a bound role I anticipate Rashaan Evans has gotten bigger with time.
Wesley Woodyard looks alright aback he is healthy, admitting if he doesn’t accept a big d vs Dallas in two weeks I will alpha to be anxious about whether he is an appulse amateur or aloof a good, abiding LB.
The guy we accept to allocution about is Jayon Brown. The kid is a star, he is aerial about in advantage locking bottomward RBs and TEs which is what we all expected. What we didn’t apprehend was that he would be such a abundant canyon rusher and that he would be arena amusement to amusement in the run d at such a aerial level.
This is a actually acceptable accumulation of DBs…on paper…when they are healthy.
Starting with the good, Adoree Jackson and Logan Ryan accept been actual acceptable this year alike factoring in that continued TD that Ryan aloof chock-full on vs the Chargers. Both accept fabricated a lot of plays and affected opposing QBs to attending abroad from the receivers they are guarding.
Kenny Vaccaro was accepting a actually nice division until he aching his bend and his absence has been felt. Vaccaro was a acceptable run admiration and had an interception, but an alike added important aspect of his d was that he actually never looked abashed by the defense.
Kevin Byard is great, but too generally it feels like he is a non agency artlessly because it is so accessible to abstain him and ambition the added assurance deep. I achievement Dean Pees finds a way to accomplish him added visable on Sundays.
We all apperceive what Malcolm Butler is activity through appropriate now. Accepting said that, I anticipate he has had a few acceptable weeks (Chargers, Buffalo) and maybe a anniversary off could prove advantageous for him as he tries to get aback to his advancing ways.
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