Top PFF grades: Defense
-It’s no surprise that the GOAT (safety Kevin Byard) is the top-graded player on defense for the Titans. This man continues to churn out solid performances on a weekly basis. It’s a shame that the team he plays for continues to churn out forgettable performances, or else he might actually get recognized for the elite talent he is.
-Aside from Byard and some other players in the Titans’ secondary, defensive lineman DaQuan Jones continues to put together one of the best, most consistent seasons of any Tennessee defender. Jones totaled six combined tackles, one QB hit and one pass defensed in Week 9.
-Finch came back with a bang after being inactive in four of the last five games (he played just two snaps in Week 5). The Temple product notched one sack against Carolina.
-Simmons saw his highest snap count of the season thus far and turned that into a solid overall performance with three tackles. Things should only continue to get better for the Mississippi State product, who is proving to be a menace to opposing offensive linemen.
-Butler played just the first half, but per usual was an asset in the secondary. The touchdown play he got hurt on was the first he had allowed this season. Tennessee will miss him the rest of the way for sure.