The Titans Pass Rush
Harold Landry and Jadeveon Clowney, a duo that looks elite on paper, but hasn’t quite yet lived up to the billing.
Granted, Clowney has done an impressive job in 2020 of getting into the backfield and forcing quarterbacks to think fast– but neither Clowney nor the Titans as a team have been able to translate that success into sacks. But those sack numbers might look a bit different by the end of Week 3, thanks in part to the addition of Vic Beasley to the rotation.
Even if Beasley hasn’t lived up to the billing of a top ten draft pick through his five seasons in the league, he doesn’t need to be special for the Titans. He doesn’t need to be a transformative talent, he just needs to be a guy that can hit the quarterback. And that is what Beasley does best.
The former Falcon is coming off of a 2019 season which he totaled eight sacks and 12 quarterback hits, which would have been second and tied for first if he put up those same numbers for the Titans last season. He managed five sacks each in 2017 and 2018 and completely broke out the year before– with an NFL-leading 15.5 sacks and 16 quarterback hits that earned Beasley a spot on the NFL’s All-Pro team.
But what might be Beasley’s most valuable asset is what he can do for the other pass-rushers, primarily Harold Landry. Landry, despite being on the field for nearly every one of Tennessee’s defensive snaps, has largely been a non-factor for the Titans (with, of course, the exception of one game-winning interception).
Beasley being on the field for the first time in 2020 should help take some of the pressure off of Landry, allowing him to take more snaps off and keep him fresh as the game progresses.
Beasley, Clowney, and a more effective Landry should be a group that can cause havoc throughout the season. And for the first time in 2020, we’ll get to see the Titans trio in action.