Ranking of the Three Most Underrated Players in the Tennessee Titans

#3 – David Long, LB

September 26, 2021; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans midfielder David Long (51) leaves the field before the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

David Long is one of the most exciting young players in the Tennessee Titans’ 2022 defense, but despite his continued development and production, Long often finds himself playing second fiddle in other Titans stories on the defensive side of the ball. Three spot on today’s list.

He played for a long time only 10 matches in 2021, but received 75 interferences and interceptions from the inner-back position. This put him in 128 games on a full list of games, which would have put him among the 20 best tackles in the NFL. Not bad for a 25-year-old season.

When Pro Football Focus (PFF) released a ranked list of ranked NFL players a month ago, Long found himself grading with some of the most prestigious companies. PFF is long listed as a “young rookie” quarterback and has grouped him at the same level as Roquan Smith (CHI), Jordyn Brooks (SEA) and Logan Wilson (CIN) among others.

“While all the young players are struggling, there are plenty of promising players who have the talent to become special players at this level,” PFF’s Sam Munson wrote of the group.

Monsoon also had Long 17The tenth Best midfielders overall.

If he plays a full season in 2022, Long could be able to make the leap to be among the best midfielders in the NFL. His game will also be aided by playing for an entire year alongside Zach Cunningham (who was ranked 11th by PFF).The tenth Inclusive).

The Titans sure have a lot of exciting names to talk about and follow. I just think Long deserved to have a little fuss but more than he gave. Hopefully another big year can finally give him the recognition he deserves.

#2 – Ben Jones, C

Tennessee Titans middle Ben Jones (60) before the start of their game against the 49ers at Nissan Stadium on Thursday, December 23, 2021 in Nashville, Tenn.
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When it comes to Ben Jones, I don’t expect the same media attention or excitement that I feel David Long deserves. It’s a hub…not exactly the most attractive talking point for fans or members of the media.

Instead Jones is underestimated by his physique and size. He doesn’t seem like your perfect NFL center, but his perfect style allows him to tackle the biggest and best defenders in the NFL.

Doug Farrar of Touchdown Wire agrees with this assessment. He featured his article a few weeks ago on the most underrated player at every position in the NFL. His Choice Center: Titans Ben Jones.

“Texas picked Jones in the fourth round of the 2012 draft outside of Georgia, but it wasn’t until the Titans signed a four-year, $17.5 million contract in 2016 that Jones began to become one of the NFL’s top positions. Tennessee was granted an extension The Titans are a hard-working team with heavy passing game, and while Jones doesn’t look like your typical headshot, he can do That’s against defenders who outsmart him. And in pro passing? No problem. For the past two seasons, Jones has allowed 1 sack, 10 quarterback hits, and 26 accelerations in the middle. That’s decent Not connected season for the center.

These are the numbers that can jump a football fan the way a movie game can’t. Just One Kiss has allowed over the past two seasons in offense the Titans have struggled to protect the quarterback. Its production is elite, and it has always been a model for consistency.

Jones has unbelievable numbers when it comes to the Pro Football Reference scale of approximate value (AV). AV is used to associate a single number with a player’s influence on a team’s success. Kind of like the war in baseball.

Over the past eight seasons, Jones AV has gone the following way:

2014 – 8

2015 – 7

2016 – 8

2017 – 8

2018-7

2019-8

2020-8

2021 – 8

He just missed it too One During this stretch and had a strong presence in the locker room of the Titans since the day he arrived in Tennessee. Ben Jones is a consistent and complete professional who deserves more credit for the Titans’ success in the running game than he gets.

#1 – Ryan Tanehill, QB

Jan 22 2022; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tanehill throws (17) during the first quarter of an AFC playoff game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

I know this might not be what Titans fans want to hear, but Ryan Tannehill tops my list of the most underappreciated Titans players.

Despite his struggles last season and in the unfortunate playoff that ended the Titans’ season, Tanehill’s playing since arriving in Nashville has been somewhat impressive. I’d argue that Tannehill is currently struggling with picture More trouble than he does performance problem. It probably stems from Titans fans’ frustration over how the season is ending and the many unofficial headlines.

The PFF took a similar stance in their latest article, also calling Tannehill the most underrated member of the Titans:

Tennessee Titans: QB Ryan Tannehill
Tannehill has a similar image problem as Kirk Cousins, for slightly different reasons. Despite seeing how well the Signal Caller has played since taking on the starting role of Titans, no one really believes he’s the driving force behind this play. Instead, Tannehill is the product of the offensive scheme, playing passes, Derrick Henry or AJ Brown. All of these things might help, but only Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady have had a higher passing score in PFF than Tannehill over the past three seasons. There is only so much you can ignore due to the abuse around him.

If the image problem wasn’t bad enough before the playoffs, it’s even worse now that fans are seriously questioning Tannehill’s ability to lead the Super Bowl.

I’m here to put an end to this novel.

The numbers are right in front of you. Since joining Tennessee, Tannehill’s PFF passing score has been the third highest in the entire NFL. In 2020, Crime Titans ranked fourthThe tenth in points and 2second abbreviation in yards gained. This made them the most successful offensive unit since the franchise arrived in Nashville.

Sure, a lot of that has to do with the scheme referenced in the PFF article and Derek Henry’s dominance in the running game, but a lot of Titans offensive makeup can actually obstruct Sometimes Tanehill.

Tannell was the second Most sacked QB in the 2021 NFL, touching the ground a total of 47 times, he had absolutely no blame.

According to PFF’s NextGen stats, Ryan Tanehill (the second-largest essay team in the NFL) has earned a minimum The percentage of his pressing appearances with QB being responsible for any other quarterback. It was often his offensive line that let him down on professional passes.

Not only did Tannehill not make mistakes to cause the bags, he rarely made mistakes because of his accuracy. The veteran midfielder also ranked Titans first among the elite in achieving the goal.

Combining all of that knowledge and the praise that Taneyhill gets from his teammates and coaches for the leadership, I’m inclined to think he has what it takes to bring Lombardi home. No, he’s not Tom Brady, and he wouldn’t carry the Titans to a championship, but he showed he had enough to make it work if the pieces clicked around him. No matter how last season ended.

Too many fans and members of the media allow Modernism bias to cloud their judgment when it comes to Tannehill. This leads to inaccurate accounts of his talent and sometimes even his personality.

Ryan Tanehill is a class act and is the most underrated member among the Titans today.

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