There was just one Tennessee Titans player who made NFL.com’s midseason All-Pro team.
While there were a few possibilities from the Tennessee Titans to make NFL.com’s midseason All-Pro team, only one player from Nashville made the list.
It was punter Brett Kern.
According to Chris Wesseling of NFL.com, Kern stands above the rest of the best punter in 2019.
"In steps Kern, who is outmuscling standout rookies Jake Bailey (Patriots) and “The Scottish Hammer” Jamie Gillan (Browns) for the vacancy atop the punter power rankings. Among the leaders in average (47.1) and net yards (42.8), Kern easily paces the pack with 26 punts downed inside the 20-yard line."
There have been two major reasons why the Titans have been able to compete even with their struggles on offense. One of those reasons is the defense, but the other has been Kern himself.
As Wesseling notes, Kern is absolutely hammering punts this year, which is nothing new if you follow the Titans. His 26 punts downed inside the 20 is tops in the NFL, and in turn has set opponents up with some of the worst average field position in the league this season.
Kern has been an absolute stud for years now, and his light might be shining brighter than ever in 2019 as he continuously bails the Titans out on a weekly basis.
Two other players who could — and maybe should — have made this list were safety Kevin Byard and cornerback Logan Ryan. I guess you could also make an argument for defensive lineman DaQuan Jones as well, but he’s up against monsters like Calais Campbell and Aaron Donald.
As for Byard, Wesseling does mention him and even admits Titans fans certainly have a reason to argue in his favor.
"Titans fans can’t be blamed for arguing that Kevin Byard belongs on this list, but I am rewarding McCourty as the main ballhawk in a historically great secondary."
Wesseling ended up choosing Devin McCourty of the New England Patriots and Justin Simmons of the Denver Broncos. Simmons owns the best cover grade of any safety in the NFL this season, while McCourty leads the league in interceptions.
There is no mention of Ryan in Wesseling’s piece, but the veteran slot corner has been one of the best at his position this season. Ryan has done it all, with 3.5 sacks, three picks, 12 passes defensed (leads the league), and he has allowed a passer rating of 67.6 when targeted.
We’ll have to see if Byard and/or Ryan make their way onto this list by season’s end.