Dec 4, 2011; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Tennessee Titans defensive end Derrick Morgan (90) lines up against the Buffalo Bills during the first half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-US PRESSWIRE

Tennessee Titans: Derrick Morgan Back to Full Speed?

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It sounds as if the Tennessee Titans’ Derrick Morgan may finally be ready to play at full speed after two years of struggling with injuries and to both his knee and ankle.

During OTA’s Morgan was practicing without any braces for the first time since his return to the field this past season. That’s a big step for him. Wearing that equipment on having to work around its’ capabilities can be a limiting thing.

The Titans defensive Coordinator Jerry Gray expects Morgan to really step it up this season, as do we all.

Morgan led the team in quarterback pressures this past season but doesn’t view that as much of a positive himself.

Via the Tennessean:

Quarterback pressures? That doesn’t mean anything,” Morgan said. “You don’t get paid for pressures. You have to finish. And you want sacks. I have high expectations this year. I want to have a way better year. I hope to help out the defense and get double-digit sacks.”

This article is actually from a little over a week ago but I obviously missed out on it, possibly due to the blur of my own personal life. Either way, I’m glad to hear Morgan being realistic and setting goals to be the guy everyone is counting on him to be.

It has been a hard thing for everyone, the Titans and fans, to watch as Morgan has failed to generate the pressure everyone hoped he would as the number one rated defensive end coming out of college. It’s been even harder when JPP, the defensive end taken just a pick before him, has been lighting the league on fire.

Morgan’s back to full health now and with the additional pressure from Kamerion Wimbley on the other side, perhaps that 20 pressures from last season can be turned into ten or fifteen sacks this coming season. Maybe…

 

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