Edge Rusher Effectiveness
Arguably, the Titans biggest hole last season was at the pass rusher position. Tennessee struggled mightily to get pressure on the quarterback and it was never more evident than in the AFC Championship game against Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs.
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It was expected that Tennessee would either go big in free agency or the draft to reconstruct their EDGE position, but that never really materialized. Despite cutting Cameron Wake, the Titans used that space to bring in Vic Beasley Jr. from the Falcons and re-signed Kamalei Correa.
Tennessee did go after Jadeveon Clowney this offseason, however, he has yet to sign with any team and the Titans can’t wait for him forever. Tennessee also chose to prioritize other positions in the 2020 NFL Draft, opting to fill the right tackle, cornerback, and running back positions before taking a defensive tackle in the fifth round
Mike Vrabel must look to bring more pressure this year if they want their defense to hold up against some tough competition in the AFC. The Titans committee approach to pass rush will need to be fluid and effective. If Beasley can bring on consistent pressure opposite the proven Harold Landry, then Tennessee can look to make a deep run into the playoffs.
The Broncos are an intriguing matchup as their offensive line has struggled mightily in recent seasons. To make matters worse for Denver, their starting right tackle opted out of the season just a week ago.
While they have added a lot of talent this offseason to fix it, Tennessee will have a good warm-up game to see how potent their pressure actually is.