Titans snap count takeaways, PFF grades, interesting stats from Week 17
Snap counts: Defense
Let’s take a look at the defensive side of the ball.
-There was one guy whose snap count I was particularly interested in seeing, and that was Derick Roberson, who added his third sack of the season in Week 17, and his third in two games. Well, he didn’t get the bump I was hoping to see, as he totaled 16 snaps, which is three more than last week. Hopefully the UDFA out of Sam Houston State continues to see that number increase for as long as the Titans are playing. Interestingly enough, his three sacks are the fourth-most on the team.
–Tye Smith was very involved for the Titans. Not only did he play 56 of the team’s 58 defensive snaps, but he also was in on 13 on special teams. Adding to that, LeShaun Sims, who was thought to be a starter with the Titans having a ton of injuries in the secondary, only saw the field for seven defensive plays and may have fallen out of favor if the reason isn’t injury-related.
-Should Adoree’ Jackson return for the first round of the playoffs, it’ll be interesting to see who gets cut out, whether that be Smith or Tramaine Brock, who played 53 snaps. It’s also possible we see the pair split snaps. Perhaps Sims can work his way into the equation too.
-After sitting out last week, Jeffery Simmons played just 28 snaps, which was the fewest he has seen since his debut in Week 7. Hopefully he isn’t playing hurt and the Titans were just trying to manage his reps to keep his fresh for the playoffs. Austin Johnson benefited the most with 26 snaps, and he almost out-snapped Simmons entirely.