Transformed DL/EDGE rotations
You may have heard that this team signed Vic Beasley this past offseason. Well, maybe you didn’t actually, I mean he has played all of 0 snaps and he hasn’t been available to the media so it is easy to assume that it completely slipped your mind.
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Well once he and Derick Roberson are healthy, the Titans will be able to suit up 5 EDGEs for the first time this season compared to their incredibly aggressive 3 EDGE strategy that hasn’t been working at all.
In Week 1 the Titans got pressure on Drew Lock thanks in large part to Harold Landry and Jadeveon Clowney. However, in Week 2 the Jaguars saw that Mike Vrabel had no idea how to call an effective defense against them, so Gardner Minshew just laughed at the cushion the DBs were going to give his wide receivers presnap and then hit an easy seven-yard pass.
However, I think that the return of Adoree Jackson and a fresh batch of pass rushers threatening in the C-gap will help the Titans defense look completely different.
It will also help, Jack Crawford and the defensive tackles.
So far, Crawford has played 4% of his snaps at defensive tackle compared to 56% of his snaps being played there in 2019. The big reason why this happened is obviously because the Titans have only had three healthy EDGEs, so Crawford has spent time trying to help give depth there.
With Roberson and Beasley active, Crawford can join Larrell Murchison and/or Isaiah Mack as the second wave of defensive tackles. This would be a blessing to Titans fans who wouldn’t have to watch Matt Dickerson play at a level that makes you think Tennessee forgot to put 11 guys on defense.