2. Dontari Poe, DL
Born and raised in Memphis, TN where he also played his college ball, Poe was drafted in 2012 by the Kansas City Chiefs with the eleventh overall pick.
Poe’s best days are almost certainly behind him, but he could actually be a huge help for a Titans defensive line that has struggled mightily so far in 2020.
Jeffery Simmons has by far been the best defensive lineman that the Titans have this season, but he’s just one man. So what do you do when you can’t match a dominant player with another dominant player? You use a committee.
Teair Tart looked good in a few snaps vs the Chicago Bears last week and Daquan Jones had 2 TFLs. The five-man rotation of Jones, Tart, Jack Crawford (who moves between 5-tech and traditional DT), Larrell Murchison, and Dontari Poe is one that gives you guys of all shapes and sizes.
The signing of Poe may possibly come at some risk, as he was recently released by the Dallas Cowboys, with owner Jerry Jones stating that his release was due to his weight issues and on-field performance. Poe seems to be a much better fit as a 3-4 nose tackle, and bringing him in would allow for some flexibility on the defensive line, allowing Jones to bump out to the defensive end position, where he seems to be much more effective.
Last season with the Panthers, Poe racked up 22 tackles and four sacks, so he could also help the Titans’ pass-rushing woes from the interior.
There’s no guarantee that Poe would be an upgrade over what the Titans currently have, but if the Titans want to add someone with a clear role to the PS, Poe makes sense.