Winner: Adoree’ Jackson
There is no bigger winner in the Titans’ secondary than Adoree’ Jackson.
Not only did he put together arguably his best season in the NFL in 2019, but his absence late in the year showed just how important he is to this defense. To hammer that fact home, Jackson was excellent in coverage in the playoffs.
Tennessee has to make a decision about whether or not to pick up his fifth-year option, but Jackson has made that a no-brainer.
Loser: Malcolm Butler
This designation doesn’t have to do with Malcolm Butler‘s play. In fact, Butler was playing well before he landed on injured reserve, picking up where he left off in the second half of 2018.
Instead, he’s a loser because the Titans’ secondary didn’t really miss a beat without him, especially once Tramaine Brock got settled in. Butler himself even admitted he was impressed with the way the secondary played without him, which isn’t exactly a ringing endorsement.
At the very least, the Titans should be looking to possibly work out a restructuring of his deal to create more cap space in 2020, or he could become a candidate to be cut either this year or next.
Winner: Tramaine Brock
Brock’s play in the AFC title game wasn’t a pretty sight, but overall you have to be happy with what he contributed in his short time with the Titans. Brock filled in the role of Butler nicely and played better than anyone could have hoped for the majority of his time in Nashville.