2. Can the secondary show improvement?
A recurring theme of the 2020 season has been abysmal performances from the Titans’ secondary.
That was evident in Week 13, as Baker Mayfield was able to pull off his best game of the season against the team, finishing 25 of 33 with 334 yards and 4 TD’s. To emphasize the embarrassing nature of this stat, this was the first game in which Mayfield eclipsed the 300-yard mark in 2020.
After the release of Johnathan Joseph and trade for Desmond King, the secondary play improved briefly, but the poor play can clearly not be attributed to just one person. Even regularly solid playmakers like Kevin Byard have underwhelmed this season.
In Week 14, the Titans get to take on Mike Glennon and the 1-11 Jaguars. This is the perfect matchup for the Titans’ secondary to get back on track, and a solid performance here could lead to a confidence boost from the defense.
However, Tennessee is still missing Adoree Jackson and Kristian Fulton to injury and now Breon Borders has been ruled out for the game on Sunday. That means that the defense will only dress five cornerbacks against the Jaguars:
–Malcolm Butler (boundary starter)
-Desmond King (slot starter)
-Chris Milton (purely a special teams player)
–Chris Jackson (7th round rookie coming off of an injury)
–Tye Smith (buried on the depth chart after getting shot earlier this year)
If the Jaguars throw all over the Titans and make this a high-scoring affair, I will be very concerned about the Titans’ chances of doing damage in the playoffs but it could definitely happen when you consider that the injured players might actually be better than the players that can suit up Sunday.