Top PFF grades: Defense
Here were the top-five graded players on defense for the Titans in Week 4.
-Defensive lineman Jurrell Casey had easily his best game of the season. After totaling zero sacks in his first three contests, Casey came alive with one sack and one forced fumble that he was also able to recover. He also totaled four tackles (three solo, 1.5 for loss) and was a big reason why Tennessee was able to complete shut down the Falcons’ rushing attack.
-DaQuan Jones continues to have a nice rebound season after earning the team’s second-highest PFF grade in Week 4. Jones had one total tackle and is another reason why the Titans’ run defense has excelled outside of two big runs in Week 2 and Week 3.
-Rookie Isaiah Mack is the third of three defensive linemen to make the top five. Mack totaled a half a sack against the Falcons, and now has 1.5 on the season. I’m going to keep hammering the fact that a line made up of Mack, Jones and Casey is the best combination the Titans can use at the moment.
-Both cornerbacks Adoree’ Jackson and Malcolm Butler made the cut. Tennessee’s secondary did allow 397 yards from the arm of Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, however he needed 53 attempts to get there. The most impressive thing to come from this group was the fact that star receiver Julio Jones was nearly non-existent, with 52 receiving yards and no touchdowns.
-Also, according to PFF, Butler was sensational in coverage against Jones. In four targets with Butler covering Jones, the Falcons star totaled just two catches for 23 yards and one first down.
Not bad for a guy many consider to be overpaid.
Last but not least, let’s take a look at some more interesting stats from PFF, as well as the grade comparison between right guards Nate Davis and Jamil Douglas.