Despite their 4-4 record, the Titans have no shortage of talent on their team. They have multiple former pro bowlers, and multiple people who have a shot at heading to Orlando come February. Here’s a look at some of them.
Quinton Spain, OG
Spain has had a very good year on an offensive line that has had their ups and downs this year. Without many concrete numbers for offensive linemen, we have to rely on advanced stats to judge the big boys up front. Spain’s PFF grade this year is currently a 73.3, good for 9th among all guards. He’s quietly had his best season to date and has been vital to an offensive line that is ranked #4 according to PFF.
Jurrell Casey, DT
Casey has been the Titans’ MVP this season and has been a key disruptor up front. He so far has 35 tackles, which is on pace to a career best, 3.5 sacks and 2 forced fumbles. His 6 tackles for loss have also helped the Titans up front. He currently has a PFF grade of 86.8, good for 13th best among all defensive linemen, including defensive ends. There’s no doubting his presence as a leader and run stuffer warrant his fourth pro bowl selection.
Wesley Woodyard, LB
Woodyard has also thrived for the Titans this season. In the games where he didn’t play, it’s clear that the Titans run defense was significantly worse. He currently has 47 tackles in 6 games, and he has a PFF grade of 77.8, good for 9th best in the league among linebackers, Whether or not he gets recognized as a pro bowler, Titans fans can see his impact on the field pretty clearly.
Kevin Byard, S
Byard just racked up his second pick of the year, a crucial momentum swinging pick vs. Dallas. Despite his pedestrian 79.7 grade on PFF (13th among safeties) his impact this season has been terrific. He’s been critical all year in stuffing the run and is only getting better with time. He’s also the Titans’ most efficient passer and was part of their longest play from scrimmage. Byard has been getting a ton of attention for his celebrations and energy on the field, and I hope to see him in Orlando this year.
Dane Cruikshank, ST
Although Cruikshank has played mostly a reserve role defensively, he’s been excellent on special teams. His 66 yard touchdown catch was an excellent momentum shift in the Texans game, and according to PFF he has no missed tackles this season on special teams, while leading the Titans to a #3 ranking in the league on special teams. While Byard and Vaccaro hold the starting safety spots, Cruikshank has proved himself valuable in other facets of the game.
Darius Jennings, KR
Surprisingly, in my opinion, Darius Jennings is the Titan who deserves pro bowl honors the most. He’s been excellent on returns all season, and he currently leads the NFL in yards per attempt on kickoff returns. He also had a touchdown in week 1 vs. the Dolphins. Jennings has been a below average wideout, but a phenomenal special teams piece for one of the top units in the NFL.
Brett Kern, P
Kern ranks third in the AFC in net yards per punt. He’s always been a solid punter and was recognized as a pro bowler last season. If we all band together, we can vote Kern in over AFC competitors like Rigoberto Sanchez (Colts) and Dustin Colquitt (Chiefs)
Ryan Succop, K and Beau Brinkley, LS
While we’re at it, lets send the Titans whole special teams to Orlando!
Is there anyone I missed? Let me know!