Former Tennessee Titans defender finds a new home

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A former Tennessee Titans defender has found a new home as we approach being one week out from the 2021 NFL Draft (at the time of this story being published of course). According to a report by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, defensive tackle DaQuan Jones has landed in the NFC with the Carolina Panthers.

Well, at least we know the Titans won’t have to worry about him unless they and Carolina wind up being the representatives of both conferences in the next Super Bowl. Hey, it may not be everyone’s pick, but stranger things have happened.

Here’s a little background if you’re a Tennessee Titans fan and a little hazy.

Tennessee drafted Jones 112th-overall in Round 4 of the 2014 NFL Draft. He’s spent each of his seven seasons with the guys from Nashville, appearing in 103 games, including four playoff contests, and starting in 97 career tilts.

During that time, he hauled the guy with the ball down 244 times. That includes 19 stops behind the line of scrimmage.

You can also throw 10.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, an additional 30 hits on the quarterback, and a defensive touchdown on his resume. That isn’t bad work for a guy whose main job was to eat up blocks and let his friends do work.

He now joins a Panthers squad that finished 20th in rushing yards allowed, 18th in rushing touchdowns allowed, 21st in red-zone touchdowns, and 20th in overall touchdowns allowed. It also appears that he’ll now switch from the 3-4 defensive formation to the 4-3 scheme. Tennessee moves on with the additions of some rather solid signings like linebacker Bud Dupree, defensive lineman Denico Autry, and Ola Adeniyi.

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Expect Titans fans to be glued to the television screen for every game Tennessee is involved in (as always), but don’t be surprised, especially if they’re getting gashed from time to time in the run game, to take a quick peek at what Jones is doing in Charlotte.