Last year the Tennessee Titans struggled to start the season with any momentum because they just couldn’t avoid injuries.
One of the injuries that hurt them badly actually happened in 2020 when Bud Dupree tore his ACL.
The Titans knew that Dupree was going to need the better part of a year to get back to his best, but he played in several games in 2021 and made a real, tangible impact.
By the time he was back to 100%, the season was cut short.
Another injury that people forget about was Rashad Weaver’s injury against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 3.
The rookie from Pittsburgh got better and better over the course of his collegiate career. Despite recovering from an ACL injury himself and having a COVID-shortened season, he still averaged 1.6 TFLs per game and nearly a sack per game in his final year.
Stop me if you have heard this before, but Mike Vrabel doesn’t like playing rookies early in their first year, so it was always going to be an uphill battle for Weaver to see the field early. Even after a stellar preseason, Weaver’s season was cut short after just a dozen snaps.
Bud Dupree has said that he finally feels back to 100% and Rashad Weaver seems to be flying around at practice. If both are healthy for the 2022 season, the Tennessee Titans would have an embarrassment of riches on defense with Harold Landry, Jeffery Simmons, and Denico Autry already being established presences.
No time to rest for the Tennessee Titans’ bounce-back candidates
In a video posted on Wednesday, you can see that the two are wasting no time getting after it before training camp starts in less than two weeks.
One of the most interesting things about this is that you can see that the two are working on their hand usage on the beach. The Tennessee Titans also have a sand pit that was installed under the orders of GM Jon Robinson.
Apparently, the low-impact surface is supposed to help strengthen the joints of the lower body in a way that is helpful for those recovering from injuries or trying to prevent future injuries.
It is good to see these two working hard right now while other players are finishing up vacations and trying to enjoy every last minute of their downtime. Nothing against those players, but extra work is always a good thing especially when you see them working in a smart way.
While I already think that the Tennessee Titans defense will be great and possibly even elite this season, adding an improved Bud Dupree and Rashad Weaver would make them even stronger. Every little bit counts when you look on the other side and see an offense that should be improved, but one that will need to work some things out first with five new starters.