After revamping their defense and trading for wide receiver Julio Jones this offseason, the Tennessee Titans’ roster looks to be in better shape than it was last season, at least on paper.
CBS Sports’ Jordan Dajani appears to be high on Tennessee’s roster as a whole, also, as he placed the Titans at No. 10 on his list of NFL roster rankings going into 2021.
The ranking mostly comes from the Titans’ impressive group on offense, but Dajani is also high on Tennessee’s defensive front, while rightly pointing out the question marks the team’s secondary has.
The addition of Julio Jones is obviously a reason the Titans come in at No. 10 on this list, but this roster also doesn’t get the kind of credit it deserves. If you’ve been out of the loop, Ryan Tannehill has been one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL since taking over the starting job, Derrick Henry has led the league in rushing two straight seasons and A.J. Brown is a dynamic home-run hitter out wide. The Titans also have a good offensive line when healthy, with left tackle Taylor Lewan, Rodger Saffold and Ben Jones paving the way for Henry. They also drafted North Dakota State’s Dillon Radunz, who will battle for the right tackle spot. The defensive side of the ball is where the worries lie for the Titans, but it really has to do with the secondary. Denico Autry, Jeffery Simmons, Harold Landry, Rashaan Evans, Jayon Brown and Bud Dupree actually make up a very solid front, but the Titans did part ways with three out of their four starters in the secondary this offseason. Still, the addition of Janoris Jenkins provides leadership and Kristian Fulton is expected to take a step forward in 2021. The Titans also used their first-round pick on Caleb Farley, who could end up being a huge steal if he can remain healthy. Tennessee should be one of the best teams in the AFC, but the defense will have to step up if the Titans want to make a Super Bowl run.
The good news for the Titans is that even a slight improvement from the defense after a putrid 2020 should be enough to propel the team to another strong season as long as the offense does what we expect it to do.