Derrick Morgan, (DE/OLB)
Dec 29, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Houston Texans running back Jonathan Grimes (41) scores a touchdown against Tennessee Titans defensive end Derrick Morgan (91) and defensive tackle Sammie Hill (94) during the first half at LP Field. Mandatory Credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports
Morgan is arguably the biggest factor of all of these players, as Tennessee’s defense has been improving and a jump to an elite level could do wonders for an often inconsistent Tennessee offense. Morgan has been one of the best components of the defense and graded favorably in 2013, but with six sacks as his career high, he could still take his game to the next level.
He’s going to have to, as well, considering new defensive coordinator Ray Horton is expected to introduce a 3-4 scheme. The Titans might roll with a “multiple” defense that still incorporates Morgan’s usual 4-3, but he should also be asked to stand up on the outside as a linebacker. That could mean he’ll be tested in coverage, while he also may have to drop some weight just to be more explosive from the outside. Whether or not he can continue to play at a high level (or even a higher level) playing a new position could be key in Tennessee’s bid to improve in 2014.