Is Tennessee Titans second year EDGE Harold Landry trending towards playing Thursday?
Like every other fan base in the NFL, Tennessee Titans fans are usually underwhelmed by the fourth game of the preseason because there isn’t much to talk about.
Last year there were some position battles that manifested, but ultimately the roster was 95% shaped by the time the 3rd game had ended.
While there are still some spots on the line this weekend, the most exciting thing may be the potential return of Harold Landry.
The second year EDGE should be on pace for a 10-sack season if his production from last year holds up while his snaps increase Even though Landry missed some time early last season, he still managed to be a huge factor throughout the season as a run defender and with key pressures around the edge.
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Boston College’s best defensive prospect in years has been banged up the last week or so and while he was probably supposed to take the field against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 3, that lingering issue seems to have held him back.
Mike Vrabel has been very cautious with injuries and whether they were concerned about a Cam Newton level of injury or one the caliber of Lamar Miller, the fact is that there was nothing to be gained from him playing last night.
However, I think everyone would feel much more comfortable projecting what his play could look like this season if he were to get some snaps in the preseason. Luckily, Mike Vrabel hinted that Tennessee Titans fans may get to see that on Thursday.
Jim Wyatt pointed this out:
"Vrabel indicated Landry could return this week.“Harold has continued to work himself back,” Vrabel said, “and I would imagine that we’d see him this week. And we’ll get him out there and get him ready to go. We’re trying to get everybody ready for the season the best that we can.”"
It sounds like he wants him to get some live action before the real games start. The Chicago Bears are a great team for him to shake off some rust with Chase Daniels being sacked second most among all QBs this preseason.
According to Pro Football focus, the three tackles that Harold Landry is most likely to square up against are T.J. Clemmings, Rashaad Coward and Cornelius Lucas. Those three have allowed a combined 4 sacks and 12 pressures on 170 pass snaps so about half as frequently as Austin Pasztor.
This is a good, middling combination or tackles to face to see where his speed rush and flexibility are at so it will be interesting to see if he plays at all, and if he does how he handles those matchups.