3. Time for the Tennessee Titans to consider playing rookies
New Titans cornerback Janoris Jenkins had a tough assignment on Sunday, so his job shouldn’t be in jeopardy after one bad game. However, the Titans need to consider giving Farley some time just to have another talented defender on the field.
On Sunday, that could have meant putting Jenkins on A.J. Green and Kristian Fulton (who had a great game) in the slot instead of letting Elijah Molden get cooked there.
He isn’t the only rookie who should get a look going forward.
While David Quessenberry wasn’t a problem, he and Kendall Lamm clearly didn’t have many (if any) positive plays on Sunday. If you are just going to run away from the right side, put in Dillon Radunz who could at least give you top-end athleticism and upside.
Finally and most importantly, Rashaan Evans is just an absolute non-factor. When he wasn’t frozen in space while trying to cover, he was miles behind runners on the outside or missing tackles.
Normally this would be the time when David Long gets brought up, but since he is injured that means that Monty Rice is up. Rice looked solid in the preseason and at least looks like he isn’t just going to stand still and get blown up. That would be a massive positive compared to what the Titans have been getting from the linebacker position over the last two years.
Rounding out a group of rookies who should at least get a look, Rashad Weaver was inactive on Sunday…why? He looked exceptional during the preseason and he made plenty of splash plays as a run defender and a pass rusher, did Mike Vrabel think that the Titans wouldn’t need more depth at EDGE on a 90-degree day against a running quarterback?