The Tennessee Titans have a good one in Harold Landry.
People seem to be a little bit down on Tennessee Titans second year EDGE Harold Landry, but they are wrong and I can prove it.
What people are referring to is a guy who plays strictly on the outside shoulder of the tackle and who widens to dip and rip around OTs to get to the quarterback.
The reason you aren’t seeing that is because that isn’t how he is being asked to play every snap.
Sure, there are times where they let him go and on those plays he shows how he can threaten with speed. However, just as often Dean Pees is asking Harold Landry to drop into coverage, play off ball linebacker or mash the TE at the line of scrimmage to make it easier on the linebackers.
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On top of that, Pees isn’t calling blitzes that help Landry, and what I mean by that is that he isn’t sending someone in the B-gap to hamper the offense’s ability to get another body on Landry.
Landry is getting far fewer attempts to isolate himself with an OT and really pin his ears back.
Is he perfect in these situations? No, I would love to see him convert speed to power or to develop an inside move instead of that spin he is trying, but even then he is pressuring the QB consistently.
Check this out:
Humor me and let’s say that the bad defensive holding call on Odell Beckham doesn’t get called in Week 1. That would give Landry 4 sacks on the season and he would be on pace for 16 by the end of the year.
So, subtract the 1 sack that was called back on the DPI and Landry is on pace for a 15 sack season.
Whether you are taking note on what Landry is being asked to do and how successful he has been, what matters is that he is getting to the QB and that is despite dropping into coverage and helping the players in coverage by mashing the TE.
Landry is a huge asset to the Tennessee Titans and while he hasn’t had a huge splash play (aside from his 4th down sack against the Falcons and the forced fumble against the Browns I guess) he is winning consistently. He looks like a great 2nd round pick.