Tennessee Titans to watch on offense and defense versus Tampa Bay

Feleipe Franks #15, Atlanta Falcons, Wyatt Ray #57, Tennessee Titans (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Feleipe Franks #15, Atlanta Falcons, Wyatt Ray #57, Tennessee Titans (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /
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Tennessee Titans defensive players to watch

Bud Dupree/Caleb Farley/Elijah Molden:

Three prized acquisitions from the most recent Spring (Bud Dupree via free agency and Caleb Farley and Elijah Molden via the 2021 NFL Draft), none of these guys played during the Titans’ first preseason game. Now, in all honesty, you can make the argument that they shouldn’t play in the next two games, but it could be a good thing to get them some in-game reps. It really just depends on what lens you’re looking from.

Rashad Weaver, outside linebacker:

Saying that Rashad Weaver exploded on the scene would be a massive understatement. He was responsible for several quarterback pressures and three tackles. Two of those resulted in a loss of yardage. Add that to 1.5 sacks and one pass defended. It’s going to be fun to watch this guy grow up in the Titans’ offense.

Wyatt Ray, outside linebacker:

Wyatt Ray was all over the place in Week 1 of the preseason. He’s a long shot to make the roster at outside linebacker, but if you’re looking to back a dark horse, siding with the guy that, in Week 1, notched seven tackles (that led the team) and tallied 1.5 sacks (that tied him for the team lead), is as good a bet as any.

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Monty Rice, inside linebacker:

Monty Rice played 59 percent of the defensive snaps versus the Atlanta Falcons, and honestly, he didn’t do a great deal with the opportunity. He’s been relatively quiet during training camp practices too.

Monty Rice is going to make this roster, but after being called someone that the Tennessee Titans reached on in the most recent NFL Draft, this guy needs to start shedding some of the criticism that’s been heaped upon him, especially when it’s beginning to look like this Titans defense may not need him.