Harold Landry: Defensive Player of the Year
If you were to place a bet on one Titans defender to have a breakout year in 2019, you’d place it on Harold Landry, who has all the makings of a star.
Landry was a rotational player last season, notching 4.5 sacks, 14 QB Hits and 44 combined tackles in 15 games (three starts). Now that the road is clear for him, Landry will make his way into the Titans’ defensive starting group and should thrive in his new full-time role, with defensive coordinator Dean Pees figuring out a better way to use him overall.
The Boston College product is about as talented a pass-rusher to come out of college as we’ve seen in recent years. He is a freak athlete who will be healthy for an entire offseason and getting starter’s reps. Coming out of college in 2018, Landry was Pro Football Focus’ No. 1 edge defender.
He’s been working hard to improve his game, also.
Not only is Landry getting some tutelage from veteran Cameron Wake, he’s also been working on new techniques to improve his already impressive repertoire—and he’s bulking up to make himself even meaner. He has barely scratched the surface of what he can do, and we’ve already seen some flashes of that from his rookie season.
Landry’s skill set just screams sacks galore, and it’s quite possible he’s among the league’s best pass-rushers in 2019. Add in a ton of tackles and other defensive stats here and there to go along with those sacks, and you have a guy who could end up as the Defensive Player of the Year.