PFF needs to make adjustment to their defensive back grades and make the Tennessee Titans higher.
The Tennessee Titans don’t have a good group of DBs or an above average secondary they have one of the most complete units in the NFL with the upside to be the best in the NFL.
I have gone over this before, but in a vacuum there is no better DB in the NFL than Kevin Byard. He is the most productive ball hawk in the NFL at any position and he does that without playing a lot of man coverage.
On top of that, he is an enforcer at the line of scrimmage and the only reason he was held to two sacks last year (as a safety, if you forgot) was because he wasn’t blitzed that frequently because of the whole “leading the NFL in interceptions over the last two years” thing. You kinda want that guy in coverage.
So, when PFF ranked the Titans DBs 12th, I think every Tennessee fan should have felt a little bit disrespected. In fact, even if you take the 1 away from the and rank them 2nd, you could make the argument that they are still too low.
"Malcolm Butler’s fall from grace was fairly precipitous, but his late-season turnaround should give Titans fans some semblance of hope. After giving up 675 yards through the first 11 games of the season, Butler gave up only 103 over the last five while picking off two passes."
So, if you think that Butler is adapting to the defense well and getting better, what possible reason could anyone have for not having the Titans in the top-10, at least.
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In my mind, the only two teams in the NFL with any chance of being discussed as better than the Titans are the Baltimore Ravens and Los Angeles Chargers. Other than that you can’t list five defensive backs on most rosters without finding a guy that isn’t in a battle for his job or won’t be replaced within a year.
Adoree Jackson is good and getting better every game. Logan Ryan is one of the best slot cornerbacks in the NFL and can hang on the outside until they bring Malcolm Butler in to take over. Kevin Byard is the best safety in the NFL and Kenny Vaccaro is up there as one of the best strong safeties in the NFL.
What more could you possibly want in a group of DBs?