Tennessee Titans: Top PFF grades on offense and defense from Week 1

Let’s take a look at the top-five players on each side of the ball for the Tennessee Titans based on Pro Football Focus’ grades from Week 1.

There were so many great performances by Tennessee Titans players in Week 1, and Pro Football Focus has released its grades, giving us some insight into the top-five players on each side of the ball against the Cleveland Browns.

We’re going to share those with you now, and give some notes on each player listed by PFF.

Offense

To start things off, here are the top-five performances on offense, per PFF.

Notes

Welcome back, Delanie Walker! The veteran tight end caught five passes for 55 yards and two touchdowns from Marcus Mariota. Walker also flashed his wheels on his second touchdown reception, after he caught a short pass and blew his way to the end zone via yards after the catch.

What a great debut for A.J. Brown. The rookie wide receiver caught three balls for 100 yards. Two of those catches were big plays, as Brown went for 47 and 51 yards, respectively. The Ole Miss product not only showed great route-running, he also displayed his physicality and ability to pickup yards after the catch on his 51-yard reception.

Mariota got off to a rocky start in this one partially because of pressure from the Browns’ front and a few missed throws, but he really turned things around in the second half. The Oregon product went 6-of-6 for 140 yards and tossed three touchdowns in the final two quarters.

How Derrick Henry only garnered a 70.6 is beyond me, but that doesn’t take away from how great he was. Henry totaled 84 yards on the ground (4.4 yards per carry), and his 75-yard touchdown reception was easily the biggest play of the game for the Titans. Most importantly, it appears the Titans plan to feature him in 2019, as he totaled 20 touches (19 carries) to Dion Lewis’ six.

Jonnu Smith was mostly quiet in this game through the air (one catch for seven yards), but did show off his speed on a tight end sweep that led to a 10-yard gain. We’ll undoubtedly see Smith make more of an impact in games this season, but it’ll be tough if Walker continues playing at such a high level.

 

Tennessee Titans edge rusher, Cameron Wake.

CLEVELAND, OH – SEPTEMBER 8: Baker Mayfield #6 of the Cleveland Browns gets hit by Cameron Wake #91 of the Tennessee Titans as he throws a pass during the fourth quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium on September 8, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. Tennessee defeated Cleveland 43-13. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

Defense

Here were the top-five performances by Titans defenders, per PFF.

Notes

Mr. Wake was sensational in Week 1. He totaled 2.5 sacks and notched a safety for the Titans, which is made all the more impressive when you consider he played on just 24 snaps! Wake has also been named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week.

Logan Ryan was another standout against the Browns. He notched one of three Titans picks on the afternoon, and took Baker Mayfield down on two separate occasions, en route to 1.5 sacks.

Despite not tallying a sack in his 2019 debut, Harold Landry still had a solid performance, as he had three solo tackles in Week 1. We’re sure the sacks will come as the season goes on. What’s promising here is that Landry didn’t even get a sack, yet the Titans still had five as a team.

DaQuan Jones finished as the third-highest-graded player for Tennessee. Jones finished with three tackles (one solo and 0.5 for loss) on the inside.

Adoree’ Jackson showed up in Week 1 with a 70.1, however he could have had more if not for a potential interception bouncing off his hands on the first drive of the game. Still, Jackson was mostly solid in coverage and helped keep Odell Beckham Jr. in check. In all, he totaled five solo tackles.