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Will Ryan fall off the (Tanne)hill?




The Titans looked to the future during the draft, trading their best wide receiver for a rookie and taking Ryan Tannehill’s potential replacement, so what does that mean for the now?

Strength
When looking for a strength of the Titans, you only have to look back to their divisional round playoff loss to Cincinnati. They had a ridiculous nine sacks that game and it symbolised their season. Harold Landry had a breakout season with 12 sacks, Jeffery Simmons was a menace and Denico Autry had a career year at age 31 with nine sacks. The pass rush is going to be fierce again with all three returning and should help this secondary produce.

Weakness
Just like the strength, the Titans’ weakness was evident in the playoff loss and that was turnovers. Ryan Tannehill threw three bad interceptions, undoing all of the defence’s great work on the other side of the ball. This wasn’t a one-off though, the Titans had six games last season with three or more turnovers, losing five of them. With the loss of both his starting wide receivers over the off-season, Tannehill is going to have to be extremely careful with the ball.

Player to watch
Caleb Farley was a projected top-five pick in the 2021 draft before reports came out he required back surgery. The Titans took the chance and picked him at 22 and just as he was getting up to speed, tore his ACL. He has come out recently and declared he is physically ready for the start of the upcoming season. He is an awesome talent and if he can stay healthy, he is a breakout player to watch.

Who’s under pressure?
Tannehill crumbled on the playoff stage last season, throwing those three interceptions mentioned earlier, and the Titans reacted by taking Malik Willis in the draft. Willis is not ready to be a starting quarterback, however the message is clear: Tannehill is on thin ice and if he can’t produce this season, there could be big changes in Tennessee this time next year!

Projection
The theme of the offseason so far has been AFC teams getting significantly better. Like the Patriots, the Titans are one of the few teams that went the opposite way. Tannehill has gone from throwing to Julio Jones and AJ Brown to now Robert Woods coming off ACL surgery and rookie Treylon Burks, who is already struggling with injury. Mix in the fact Derrick Henry’s body broke down last season and will struggle to carry this offence like usual and Tennessee miss the playoffs.

Win-loss: 7-10





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