Solo tackles and tackles for loss: Rashaan Evans
The idea of “total tackles” as a stat is completely meaningless and it doesn’t do anything for a defense.
For example, if Kevin Byard comes flying in and grabs Fournette’s legs in the open field but Kamalei Correa topples him over they both have the same number of “total tackles” on that play. The stat on the page shows that they were equally responsible for that play, but that isn’t true.
The only tackle stats that matter are solo tackles and tackles for loss because they describe a play where someone got to the ball first and took a guy down on his own, or a play that negatively impacted the offense.
Right now, the Titans leader in solo tackles is Kenny Vaccaro who has been very good, but right behind him is Rashaan Evans. In a game that should feature a heavy dose of rush attempts, Rashaan Evans stand out as someone that I could see really having a big impact on the defense.
Not only as a run defender, but if he gets to rush the passer like he has so far this season he could meet a rookie QB staring at the defense trying to figure out where to throw it but holding it a second too long. That inexperience and hesitation could lead to an extra sack or two and Evans has a great shot at getting one.