Tennessee Titans: One last hat tip to 3 unsung heroes from Week 2

Tennessee Titans, Ty Sambrailo Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Tennessee Titans, Ty Sambrailo Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports /

The Tennessee Titans were slow starters in 2021, but with the statement comeback win over the Seattle Seahawks in Week 2, the team seems to finally be back on track. Sure it wasn’t fun to watch the team get battered on deep balls. Still, when the offense caught fire, they absolutely ran off with the momentum.

There were the obvious big names like Derrick Henry and Julio Jones that stepped up when the team needed them most, but the mainstream media discusses them enough. Let’s talk about some of the unsung guys that don’t get enough credit.

Hopefully, three Tennessee Titans carry the momentum into next week.

OL Ty Sambrailo 

Ty Sambrailo was a great fill-in for the missing Taylor Lewan, Sambrailo was flagged early in the game for a false start but after that, he held his own out there. Sambrailo started a lot last season and showed Titans fans that he could be a good temporary starter in place of the actual starters. With Lewan’s recovery expected to last until around mid-season, expect to see a lot more of Sambrailo this season.

RB Jeremy McNichols

Jeremy McNichols may not be anyone’s first choice for the RB2 role (*cough cough* Mekhi Sargent), but when he plays, he’s very reliable and is more useful than most casual watchers may think.

McNichols came up HUGE on the Titans game-tying drive late in the fourth quarter, bringing in multiple passes and getting multiple first downs to help set up Derrick Henry’s third TD of the day. Keep watching and you might see McNichols get some more snaps as the season progresses.

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DL Denico Autry

You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone talking about the day that Denico Autry had in week 2, but 1.5 sacks in someone’s second game on a new team is very impressive. It’s outrageous that Autry isn’t getting any major praise. He might turn out to be a star for the Titans defensive line that would help open opportunities for the other great players.

In Week 3 during the Titans game versus the hated Indianapolis Colts, keep an eye out for Autry to make a big-time impact in what’s sort of a ‘revenge game’ against his former Colts teammates.