2020 projections for Tennessee Titans pass rushers

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Projections for Tennessee Titans pass rushers in 2020.

I don’t think it is hyperbole to say that the Tennessee Titans’ defensive success in 2020 depends on the pass rushers.

In 2019, the Titans pass rush was horrific at times. Patrick Mahomes stood in the pocket for what seemed like hours on end in the AFC championship game. For Titans fans, it was absolutely excruciating to watch Mahomes shred the secondary mostly at the fault of the pass rush. All the blame can’t be put on the pass rush, but the secondary would have looked much better if Mahomes didn’t have centuries to throw the ball.

If you’re looking for something positive out of the Tennessee Titans pass rush last season look no further than Harold Landry. Landry was the Titans leader in sacks and tackles for loss with 9 and 12 respectively. He has the potential to be a great player for the Titans, and hopefully next season he can take the next step towards becoming a great player.

So now I am building on my most recent article, projections for the Titans secondary, by projecting stats for the Titans major pass rushers next season. I expect the Titans secondary to have great numbers in 2020, but that relies heavily on the pass rush is much improved from what they were in 2019.

There are two major changes that shake up the pass rush for next season. The addition of Vic Beasley through free agency is huge on the edge. In 2016, Beasley led the NFL with 15.5 sacks. Returning to that level of play in 2020 would be huge for the Titans Super Bowl chances. Also, losing Jurrell Casey is a huge blow, but could mean well for Jeffrey Simmons stats and the emergence of Isaiah Mack. Casey only finished the 2019 season with 5 sacks, but he has always been consistent throughout his NFL career. The team will miss his leadership and consistency as they move on with younger, more athletic lineman.

Barring a Jadeveon Clowney signing, I think the major contributors in the Tennessee Titans pass rush will be Harold Landry, Vic Beasley, and Jeffery Simmons. Isaiah Mack is also a player to watch out for considering his production in limited playing time last season.

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