Tennessee Titans inside linebacker Rashaan Evans was among the league leaders in “hustle stops” in 2019.
Inside linebacker Rashaan Evans had a great season defensively with 111 total tackles, coming in second on the team and only two behind cornerback Logan Ryan. Although Evans finished 24th in the league in tackles, he did finish top three in what Next Gen Stats calls “hustle stops”.
Hustle stops are defined as “tackles that result in a successful play for the defense where the player covers 20-plus yards of distance from snap to tackle”, according to Next Gen Stats.
Evans had 17 of them in 2019.
This is incredible considering that while running 20 or more yards to make a single tackle on some plays, he was able to stay on the field for 86 percent of all defensive snaps, which is up 39 percent from 2018.
Evans has shown great promise to keep improving after a season of increasing his sack, QB pressure, and tackle numbers.
With the Titans still looking for an inside linebacker coach, we can only hope Mike Vrabel will hire somebody that will only benefit Evans so that he can continue to grow and help improve a Titans defense that ranked a mere 21st in opponents yards per game.
Evans helped improve a run defense that needed it after finishing in the bottom half of the league in rush yards allowed in the 2018 campaign.
One thing that would be a welcome sight for most Titans fans is to see an inside linebacker coach that can help Evans with pass coverage. Evans allowed a quarterback rating of 112.5 when throwing into his coverage, along with 9.2 yards per target, according to Pro Football Reference.
Titans fans should be excited about the jump that Evans has already made from year one to two. Going forward, he should be a player that Vrabel and the Titans defense can look to contribute in a major way.