What will we see from Tennessee Titans rookie Harold Landry this weekend?
Despite only being a situational player for the Tennessee Titans last year, Harold Landry had some pretty impressive plays as a rookie.
Whether it was sacking Andrew Luck behind an offensive line on a hot streak, a sack/fumble against Carson Wentz that ultimately had a big hand in winning the Tennessee Titans the game or a sack in prime time against the exalted Dallas Cowboys offensive line, Landry definitely had some fun plays.
However, it always frustrated me when the coaching staff would use him on X-stunts with the defensive tackle. All it managed to do was take away his best weapon (the speed rush and dip) and the defensive tackles never took proper advantage of the play.
So when Harold Landry came back into camp this preseason 10-15 pounds bigger, I was curious to see how that affected his pass rush.
Well, you can imagine my frustration when Landry didn’t play in any preseason games. Obviously it was selfish curiosity and Mike Vrabel and company made the right move saving him and making sure he was 100% healthy, but it was like getting told that Christmas was getting moved back to January 25th on December 24th.
Luckily for the Tennessee Titans the season is here and it looks like Landry is fully healthy and ready to start, which was the goal all along.
Seeing a stronger Harold Landry isn’t the only interesting thing about that though, here is what he said later:
I don’t know how many specific moves he did or did not learn. Every player knows pass rush moves to a certain point and it less about knowledge and more about the skill and athleticism to be able to incorporate those moves into your pass rush.
Since the Titans drafted Rashaan Evans and Landry as a package last year, I said that I hoped Evans would teach Landry how to use a spin move like he does. Evans had a gorgeous spin move and knew exactly how to time it, so combining that technique with the get off that Harold Landry as and the X-stunts that the Titans use should be very effective.
Something else I would like to see more of is just a straight speed-to-power bull rush.
If Landry has a quality version of either of those moves and still has the speed and flexibility to bend the edge and get to the quarterback, I have no doubt that he will be a double digit sack artist.