Tennessee Titans: Midseason studs and duds of 2019 NFL season
By Ravi Konjeti
Stud: Jayon Brown
Titans inside linebacker Jayon Brown has been my favorite player to watch this season. Brown has been electric on defense, reminding Titans fans of the early 2000’s with Keith Bullock. The Titans have missed having a young, well-rounded linebacker in years past, but it seems that Brown has filled that role nicely.
Brown has been wonderful in coverage and in the run game. He has six passes defended so far this season, putting him tied for third on the team. While Brown has been targeted 34 times this season, he has limited opposing quarterbacks to a 57.6 percent completion rate.
Dud: Marcus Mariota
Coming into the 2019 season, Marcus Mariota needed to put forth his best season yet to ensure he remained with the Titans for the long haul. However, seven games into the season, Mariota was relegated to the bench.
Mariota was mostly disappointing for the six games he played. He has gotten jittery in the pocket this season, and while some of that is due to the poor offensive line play, some of that also had to do with Mariota’s own inability to properly read the pressure.
Similarly, Mariota’s accuracy has taken a huge dip. Mariota’s throws consistently missed wide open receivers, which has led to a career-low completion percentage of 59.1 percent.
It’s clear that Mariota’s career with the Titans has most likely come to an end. It’s disappointing that his career trajectory did not pan out as expected, particularly after his amazing playoff performance against the Chiefs in 2017.