Stud: Harold Landry
Edge rusher Harold Landry came off a promising rookie season and has exploded in his second year in the NFL. Last season, Landry posted 4.5 sacks while playing in only 57 percent of the defensive snaps. With the retirements of Brian Orakpo and Derrick Morgan, Landry has taken over the starting position and flourished.
This season, Landry has already posted five sacks, a forced fumble, and seven tackles for loss. Landry has been able to bring the kind of quarterback pressure the Titans desperately need from an edge rusher. The duo of Cameron Wake and Landry is going to be necessary to bring pressure to the elite quarterbacks left on the Titans’ schedule.
Dud: Jamil Douglas
On the other side of the field, guard Jamil Douglas has been a disaster. Douglas found himself in the Titans’ starting lineup after injuries to Kevin Pamphile and Nate Davis. In the first half of the season, Douglas has been unable to stop any pass-rush.
Douglas saw 100 percent of the snaps in the first two weeks and was immediately pulled in the Jaguars game after a third consecutive poor game. Unfortunately for the Titans, injuries continue to decimate the line, and Douglas will have to start at center in Week 9 after Ben Jones was ruled out with a concussion. If Douglas doesn’t show improvement soon, then he might have to find another team to play for next season.