Grading the Tennessee Titans offseason

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5. Safety

What I said:

“A truly elite safety would make this defense amazing, but outside of that I am not sure that they need just another body.”

They didn’t get an elite safety, but they also didn’t get “just another body”.

The Titans ended up landing a player with a clear role (something that Robinson covets from additions) in Johnathan Cyprien.

Cyp is a strong safety that can enforce the run like a linebacker, but who you may not want to have cover Darren Sproles out of the backfield.

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Now, does that mean he can’t cover at all? No, and in fact I think Dick LeBeau will find unique ways to use him so that he isn’t left in terrible positions thanks to the improved coverage he added at CB.

Another thing to look at is that the addition of Cyp now allows Kevin Byard to play true free safety. That could be your elite safety right there.

Honestly, if you watched him last year you know that he can do it all. He can cover tight ends in man coverage, he can blitz and get sacks, he can line up in the box and play the run, but the one thing he wasn’t allowed to do was play a real free safety role.

In college, Byard was a turnover machine thanks to his understanding of coverage and ability to read routes from deep safety. We may see more of that this year.

Grade: B