Sep 16, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Jurrell Casey (99) gets up off of San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) during the second quarter at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
At least one Tennessee Titans player will be making the Pro Bowl this season. Unfortunately, it’s not the real Pro Bowl rosters, it’s ProFootballFocus’s Pro Bowl rosters. But who cares about the Pro Bowl anyways. It’s a popularity contest anymore and hardly has anything to do with who really deserves the “honor.”
But enough of the pity party; let’s take a look at the Titan who made PFF’s AFC Pro Bowl roster:
"DT Jurrell Casey (TEN)…While we appreciate how excellent Vince Wilfork has been in recent weeks, we plumped for the more consistent Casey. There’s a player who produces week in and week out."
Casey came in behind the Bengals DT Geno Atkins and Buffalo’s DT Kyle Williams. I guess that’s pretty good company to be with.
While Casey hasn’t done anything shocking this season, he’s been solid all the way through. His stats look like they’ll end up pretty close to his rookie year’s stats, plus a forced fumble or so. He was a little slow coming on this season, due to an elbow injury that hinder him through some of the first games.
Casey was the only Titans player to make PFF’s AFC Pro Bowl roster, which makes sense. The Titans have been the definition of inconsistency on both sides of the ball this year. An ever growing injury report certainly hasn’t helped any.
With another solid draft and some good growth from all the young players on the team during the offseason, the Titans could show up as an entirely different team this next year, something much closer to what we were expecting to see this year.
There’s something to put faith in, or at the very least, some hope. The Titans had things in their favor as they headed into this season, but whether it was due to poor coaching, unfortunate injuries, or a combo of the two, the Titans underwhelmed us all.
Here’s to a better next year, perhaps with a few more Pro Bowl worthy candidates.
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