Tennessee Titans rookies who have earned playing time versus Seattle

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Tennessee Titans 4th round pick, Rashad Weaver

Whether the Titans want to call him and EDGE, a defensive end, a defensive tackle, a defensive lineman, or whatever label they want to use, Rashad Weaver has earned a look on defense.

Surprisingly, the person whose spot he should take on the roster is someone who has a completely different body type and skill set than he does. Derick Roberson should be the odd man out this weekend for a few reasons.

Conventional wisdom suggests that you want your fastest guys on the field when you play Russell Wilson, but that isn’t necessarily true. What you need is the guys who can get to Wilson without leaving massive rush lanes in their wake.

For that, you need power, length, and discipline as a rusher. Roberson doesn’t really have that and his trump card is his get-off. Weaver on the other hand showed that he can work over a tackle or a tight end and mash them down right into the backfield.

The Titans have plenty of speed off of the edge in Harold Landry, Bud Dupree, and Ola Adeniyi, but the only natural power player they have on the EDGE is Weaver.

On top of that, he gives you position versatility to play all along the front and the Titans could do some interesting things with him, Jeffery Simmons, Larrell Murchison, and Denico Autry.