Week 10 Tennessee Titans Pro Football Focus Grades

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 12: Linebacker Jayon Brown
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 12: Linebacker Jayon Brown /

Notable Week 10 Pro Football Focus grades for the Tennessee Titans.

Not only did the Tennessee Titans pull out a close one, but they put Titans fans on the edge of their seats. The Titans offense had the ability to show flashes of what they can be on a week in and week out basis. What they can be is a dynamic and exciting offense, but during the game they fizzled a bit at times. The Titans’ final drive, the offense did not blink, driving right down the field and scoring the go-ahead touchdown to edge out a talented Bengals team. Again, the Titans defense continues to improve as a unit and shut offenses down. This trend continued in the Titans Pro Football Focus grades for Week 10.

Top 5 Performances:

CB Adoree’ Jackson, 84.7 Overall grade
LB Wesley Woodyard, 81.3 Overall Grade
EDGE Erik Walden, 81.2 Overall grade
DT Jurrell Casey, 80.6 Overall grade
S Kevin Byard, 80.2 Overall Grade

One of the Titans’ first round selections has shown that he continues to make strides as a cornerback and as a dual threat player for the Titans. Defensively, Jackson thrived, allowing four catches for only 27 total yards on eight targets. He had two pass breakups and his best grade as a pro. The Titans continue to use Jackson on offense; Jackson had three carries for 30 yards as a runner. He is a dynamic athlete who continues to show that he can be the playmaker on both sides of the ball. Jackson was ranked as the fifth-best cornerback in the NFL in Week 10, which is a huge achievement for the rookie.

Woodyard, an ageless wonder for the Titans, continued his dominance in the run game, recording nine total tackles and one pass breakup. The Titans’ leading tackler and projected Pro Bowl player does not come off the field. In Week 10, he excelled in pass coverage, recording an 85.9 grade, which was the highest on the team.

Jon Robinson’s offseason moves continue to impress, as he brought in Walden just before camp. Walden has been a solid third pass rusher for the Titans. Walden applied constant pressure for the Titans, but yet again did not produce a sack. Walden’s pass rush grade was the second-highest on the team at a 78.9. If the Titans want to continue to have defensive success, the pass rushers need to continue to apply pressure and get sacks.

Only recording one tackle, Casey’s presence was known against the Bengals because he was constantly taking on double teams and still generating pressure. Casey continued to press the pocket, resulting in Andy Dalton having to consistently move in the pocket, especially on third downs. The Bengals were 1 for 11 on the day on third downs, and with the help of Casey, the defense was able to shut the Bengals down most of the day.  Casey had the highest pass rush grade on the team, recording a 79.3.

Byard continues to dominate this year, but his one slip up in Week 10 almost cost the Titans a victory on Sunday. He took a bad angle and missed his only tackle of the game as Green went for 70 yards and a score. The second-year man continued his dominant pass coverage, as he had two pass breakups and didn’t allow a catch on three targets, recording a 77.7 coverage grade.

Notable Performances:

LB Jayon Brown, 79.6 Overall Grade

Brown’s success continues to be as a cover linebacker, grading in at an 84.1. The biggest concern for Brown is his lack of run defense, which he graded at a 47.5. I have said this a ton, but similar to Jackson, with more and more reps, he will continue to improve.

RT Jack Conklin, 74.4 Overall Grade

All season long, Conklin has  thrived in run blocking situations, but his pass blocking stood out this week. He recorded the second-highest pass blocking grade for all linemen this week at a 78.9. The Bengals have a talented front seven and the Titans offensive line as a whole looked good in pass protection. Conklin struggled in run situations, recording a grade of a 46.8, one of his lowest grades of the year.

LT Taylor Lewan 73.5 Overall grade

This was a bounce back week for Lewan, as his overall grade last week was the worst of his career. He graded as the second-highest offensive lineman and also was the best run blocking lineman of the week, recording a grade of 73.8. Lewan has struggled as of late, but he will be able to make a strong push as being one of the best left tackles over the back half of the season.

QB Marcus Mariota, 72.5 Overall Grade

Mariota had his lows on Sunday, throwing a bad interception and being off the mark on some make-able throws. He also had some highs as well, calmly driving the Titans downfield for the game-winning score. His numbers won’t reflect the poise and his growth as a leader but also as a pocket passer. The Titans will continue to use the pass to help set up the run, as they continue to struggle to be the dominant run-first team they were a year ago.

WR Corey Davis, 40.0 Overall Grade

The Titans continued to set up Corey Davis to succeed on Sunday. He was targeted 10 times but only caught four passes, even though some were off the mark. Davis will never forget the fumble on the goal line play, which he can turn into a good coaching moment. The Titans will continue to use Davis as the go-to receiver and get his confidence back up. This week he will have a good matchup, as Joe Haden is out and the Titans must take advantage. This week will be the week Davis shines against a struggling Pittsburgh Steelers secondary.

Week 11

The Titans have a good matchup this week, but it is on a short week. This is a statement game and will show the NFL that the Titans are a team that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Below are the Titans’ projected PFF lineups: