Tennessee Titans awards: Defensive rookie of the year

NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 16: Adoree' Jackson
NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 16: Adoree' Jackson /

Who has been the Tennessee Titans best rookie defensively.

At first, it looks like an easy choice on who should be the Tennessee Titans DROY.

However, you may not understand just how good Jayon Brown has been for the Titans.

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Not only has he been the team’s second best LB against the run (right behind Woodyard), but he has quietly been effective rushing the passer.

The biggest issue for the Titans defense is that they haven’t been able to cover tight ends and linebackers for the better part of a decade. With Kevin Byard and Jayon Brown, there is light at the end of that tunnel.

However, I had to look at the biggest impact a Titans player has had on this team. That means that the DROY has to be:

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  • Adoree Jackson CB

    Jackson has been one of the quickest studiest at CB that I have seen in a long time. The USC superstar has been quieter and quieter each week, which is great for a CB.

    The only times you normally hear a CBs name is when they make a big play or when they have a big play made against them. Except, with Adoree you hear his name a lot in run defense.

    As the year has progressed Jackson has made some touchdown saving tackles and thrown in some tackles for loss and tackles for no gain on his stat sheet.

    If not for Kevin Byard jumping in front of him, Jackson would have had his first interception last week against the Browns and everyone would have a much higher opinion of him.

    On top of that, you have to give him a ton of credit for his ability as a player on special teams. Jackson is averaging 10.3 yards per return despite having a TD called back and some holds and assorted flags thrown in there.

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    As a kick returner, he is 1 of only 3 players in the NFL that have gotten to 200 yards on single digit returns. He is giving the Titans great field position at least twice a game, which generally can make the difference.

    He isn’t going to win DROY right now with the way Marshon Lattimore is playing, but he is developing into a really solid CB who (like Byard last year) has a career based on making big plays in college. While he hasn’t quite gotten any yet, he seems to be closing in and that should make fans very optimistic.