Unlike last year, the Titans have their fair share of notable, Pro Bowl potential players like Marcus Mariota, Taylor Lewan, Delanie Walker, DeMarco Murray, Jurrell Casey, Brian Orakpo, Derrick Morgan, and Avery Williamson. The team also has its fair share of disappointing players like Perrish Cox, Brice McCain, Valentino Blake, and Marc Mariani. Here is a list I’ve put together of the players who do a nice job in their roles and don’t get much recognition.
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This guy had to be number one on the list. When I look at him, I think of a lumberjack. He’s big, he’s powerful and he has a high motor that never stops turning. He has 70 tackles in his 5 year career with nine this year and 20 sacks with 1.5 this year. Not only is he a defensive lineman, he has no problem lining up as a full back and running people over.
Speaking of fullbacks, this guy is the Titans full back. Who ever is in the run lane, no matter if it’s a safety, linebacker, or defensive lineman, he removes them on a regular basis. He also isn’t against catching touchdown passes either.
Byard has been playing mostly a rotational role with the Titans, but he has 18 total tackles to this point. Drafted in the 3rd round out of a small school, it’s almost like you can see him grow from week to week.
Blackson has 12 tackles and 2.5 sacks so far in his two year career. Although the numbers don’t exactly jump off the sheet, he’s big and he’s athletic. He causes havoc up the middle. Remember the first game of the season when he busted through the offensive line and got Adrian Peterson in the backfield on a third and short? He has a lot of potential.