Titans dream scenario No. 4: OLB Harold Landry gives the pass rush a boost
Outside linebacker Harold Landry, a 2018 second-round selection, was an important piece of the Titans' defensive puzzle in his first four NFL seasons. That's why losing him to an ACL tear last year was a huge loss for the Titans' pass rush. Despite the fact that there's no timeline for his eventual return, head coach Mike Vrabel told the media in March that he should still be really good when he comes back from injury.
Landry should be back at some point in the 2023 season but he's not the only defender the Titans are counting on to bolster the pass rush. Earlier this year, the team's brass poached defensive end Arden Key from the division rivals Jacksonville Jaguars.
Key got a three-year deal worth $ 21 million in free agency. Even though he only tallied 4.5 sacks last season, his ability to line up at different spots across the defensive line helped other Jaguars find favorable matchups. The former LSU Tiger should have a similar impact under defensive coordinator Shane Bowen, who will look for different ways to maximize his skill.
With a healthy Landry and the addition of Key, defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons should be able to wreak havoc in the trenches. The 2019 first-round round pick has gotten progressively better over the last three years and he should be even better in 2023.
Losing defensive end DeMarcus Walker to the Chicago Bears definitely stings but Denico Autry and Rashad Weaver, who combined for 123.5 sacks last year, are back, so expect the Titans to consistently get after the quarterback next season.