Tennessee Titans have a major talent in Harold Landry
By Will Lomas
Sacks and TFL per start
That is just in the first two seasons of their careers. To give a better look at the bigger picture here and where Landry’s 2019 season stands, I am going to try to contextualize his impact by showing sacks per start and TFL’s per start.
What I hope this shows is how Landry stacks up to his fellow EDGEs around the NFL that are part of this next wave of talent. But, to limit it to just sacks wouldn’t be fair because again, the more you are asked to do for a team the harder it is to pin your ears back on third downs effectively.
From that 2018 draft class, here are the EDGEs who have had at least 10 sacks in their career and then sorted by the percent of games they have started vs how many they have appeared in:
Bradley Chubb*: Stared 100% of his games, 13 sacks (0.65 sacks per start), 19 TFLs (0.95 TFLs per game)
Harold Landry: Started 61% of his games, 13.5 sacks (0.71 sacks per start), 17 TFLs (0.89 TFLs per game)
Marcus Davenport: Started 50% of his games, 10.5 sacks (0.81 sacks per start), 11 TFLs (0.85 TFLs per start)
Sam Hubbard: Started 48 % of his games,14.5 sacks (0.97 sacks per start), 17 TFLs (1.13 TFLs per start)
*Chubb missed most of 2019 with an injury so his sample size is smaller
What I hope that shows is that even with someone like Bradley Chubb who was a stud as a rookie, more snaps and starts means less production per start as a pass rusher. On the opposite end of the spectrum, it usually gives you more of an opportunity to make TFLs in the run game.
Landry has proven to be one of the most reliable young EDGEs from that draft class and his production as a pass rusher and in the run game is right on target with the top players from his class.
Given more time and more help around him, those numbers should only increase going forward.