3 key players who can help Titans keep Lamar Jackson in check
By Ravi Konjeti
Watching Adoree’ Jackson play on Saturday against the New England Patriots reminded fans why we love and loathe his play.
At times, Adoree’ shows his brilliant talent with amazing tackling skills and ball-hawking ability to break up plays. Other times, he is missing easy stops and letting receivers right by him.
However, it was clear that the Titans missed him in the secondary when he missed four games at the end of the season.
Adoree’ is going to be vital in stopping the Ravens. Baltimore seldom utilizes its wideouts in Marquise Brown and Willie Snead. Whether the Titans rely on Logan Ryan or Adoree’ to stop Brown, the other will be asked to take out running lanes against Jackson and Ingram.
Given Jackson’s speed, I expect the Titans to deploy Adoree’ in short-field coverage, and the occasional spy.
In short-field coverage, he is going to need to beat the amazing blocking skills of the wide receivers and tight ends to get into the back field, or stop the short passing game to Andrews.
As a spy, he is going to be critical in keeping up with Jackson. I think the Titans’ best game plan will be to force Jackson to beat them through the air. With Adoree’ and Evans taking two sides of the field to stop the run, Jackson will look to exploit the secondary. I think the Titans have enough talent in the secondary to keep up with the Ravens’ passing attack.
The Titans need to sell out on the run to win this game. For the Titans to commit hard on running, Adoree’ is a critical difference maker on defense to play the run and match speed. If he can contain the run from the cornerback position, Adoree’ should be able to help the Titans’ No. 12 rushing defense.