5 Titans players who need to prove they should start in 2021

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Tennessee Titans linebacker David Long (51) and defensive end Jeffery Simmons (98) dive on a Detroit Lions fumble that was called a recovery after review during the third quarter at Nissan Stadium Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020 in Nashville, Tenn.

3. David Long, LB

If you aren’t familiar with some of my Twitter account:

A: Why not?
B: You might not know that I have been a big proponent of David Long getting more opportunities on defense for the entire season.

And those tweets go on and on because David Long has been the most electric player on the Titans defense since he stepped on the field against the Kansas City Chiefs in the regular season last year.

However, the coaching staff doesn’t trust him and don’t believe all of this praise they are giving him now. To start the season they tried nearly every possible combination to keep him off the field, whether that meant Nick Dzubnar, Will Compton, or a defensive back getting snaps as the 11th man on defense.

Even now they have no idea what they are doing with him and they lined him up at EDGE some this past week against the Green Bay Packers.

Long is talented and athletic, and he deserves to have a true shot to be the starter at linebacker next year, but he is going to have to continue to stand out on a bad defense or he might get lumped in with the rest of this unit.

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