Tennessee Titans: Breakout players this team should build around

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35. . . . Ola Adeniyi . 92. player

Tennessee Titans linebacker David Long Jr.

Bud Dupree has gotten a lot of attention in Nashville and around Titans-centered circles and for good reason. There were questions about everything from whether or not his success was the result of having T.J. Watt as a teammate to how he’d bounce back after a season-ending injury that he suffered in 2020.

Bud Dupree wasn’t the only potential difference-maker that the Titans snatched from the Pittsburgh Steelers during the most recent offseason though. Olasunkanmi Adeniyi was signed on March 22nd, three days after Tennessee added Dupree, and ladies and gentlemen, Adeniyi might wind up being one of the smartest decisions Jon Robinson has made.

The next time you’re discussing Tennessee Titans football with your buddies and the term ‘breakout’ is mentioned, make sure you bring up this guy. There was hope that he’d be a monster if given an expanded role, and he hasn’t been a disappointment with the extra responsibility.

After four games of the 2021-2022 campaign, Ola’s almost halfway to equalling the number of tackles that he produced with the Steelers. He racked up 25 total tackles and three forced fumbles from 2018 to 2020. So far, in 2021, he’s brought the guy with the ball down 11 times (that includes seven total tackles), and he’s become quite the sack artist, posting the first two quarterback sacks of his career along with four additional quarterback hits.

Not bad at all for a former undrafted free agent.