Month: November 2017

How I Would Finish The Titans Rebuild.

I know it’s early considering the Titans just finished week 11 for them. But one thing that’s always fun to talk about is the off-season and the possibilities of what could possibly happen. So I’ll explain my thoughts and reasons on what I would do if I were in charge of this off-season for the Titans. 

  1. First off I would obviously look into the coaching changes. But let’s say Amy doesn’t allow me to make a change there. There for i’m stuck with Mike for the duration of the next season. (SUCKS)
  2. Looking past that, I’ll look at my roster and check off where I believe we are good at and where we will need help. The good are the tackle spots, Lewan and Conklin will be the pieces to build around for this team for the next decade on. I’m set at running back since Murray is still under contract and Henry is still on his rookie deal. I would however attempt to see if Murray would take a little bit of a pay cut since the next year I would fully expect Henry to be the starter. Wide outs/ Tight ends, We are good there for sure with the likes of Matthews, Davis, Taylor, and Sharpe all coming back. The real question would be should I try and attempt to resign Decker. ( This will all depend on the deal he would want ) If not look for a depth (WR) in free agency or later in the draft. Tight ends are set with Walker and Smith as the 1 and 2 (TE). That cleans up the offense since keeping Marcus as the starter is the obvious choice. Now moving on to the defense, The defense is the tricky part here. Mainly due to the fact we only have three (3) legit pieces we can build around for the now and future. Casey, Byard and Jackson/ Ryan. Obviously Byard and Jackson are on rookie deals and will most likely get 2nd contracts to stay with the team. Ryan being drafted in 2013 is still young And can still produce good outside. Casey being the oldest but is still playing very well signed a four (4) year contract deal that takes him to 2023. Other than them we are looking at either rotational players (Klug, Williams, Johnson on the DL) and you could make an argument that Williamson the LB is replacable. Then you have to look at the aging players. Orakpo, Morgan, Woodyard. With their contracts ending in 2019 and 2020. It could be best to possibly look at replacing them, or trading them for a draft pick.
  3. Biggest questions on the Titans offense in free agency would be the interior offensive line. Now I mentioned last year it would be a good idea to look into but Robinson thought other wise. So this year since i’d be taking over I wouldn’t look past it. Players Kline, Spain, And Schwenke contracts expires in 2018. I would re-sign Kline before Spain and obviously Schwenke. That puts the right guard position settled. Back up center/ guard and starting guard is a bit different. There’s nothing on the free agent market that’s going to be an upgrade over Spain. So unless someone gets released i’ll be re-signing Spain.
  4. Who would I re-sign overall. I would re-sign Succop, Kline, Spain, Schwenke, Decker ( On a small deal ) and Jones. None of this players would demand a lot of money for their respective position.
  5. Now onto the defense, I think we need someone opposite Casey, I got my eyes on Lawrence from the Cowboys, Though it won’t be easy considering he is having a great season. Lawrence has 12 sacks on the year, Would I might have to overpay for him? Possibly but I believe it would be the right move. Now onto the linebackers, Not much for the outside pass rushers, Look inside since Williamson is a free agent as well this season. Maybe a Navarro Bowman who has played in 8 games and as 70 tackles and 3 quarterback hits, Or maybe Demario Davis, Davis has played in 10 games and as totaled 82 tackels, 4 sacks, and 10 quarterback hits. Both players under 30 and still have between 3 to 5 years left. I would send offers to both players and see where they stand and would go from there. I would like Davis just a bit more but would gladly take either one. I wouldn’t bother with signing a corner in free agency, The 2 biggest names could be Johnson of the Rams, and Butler of the Pats. But Johnson of the Rams has a grade of 48.5 so far. Butler we could possibly go after but he would want big time money, And he is grading out at a 75. Not big time money worthy. But I would toss a offer for Butler that would be fair but not a big time money.
  6. Moving onto the draft. As of now the Titans are picking at number 25. So let’s go based on that pick there. Obviously the players like Mcfadden, Fitzpatrick, Harrison, James in the secondary will be gone. Players like Key, Laundry, Chubb will be gone as well for the pass rushers. So I would look into Vea and Payne possibly to play the NT. If they’re not there possibly look at Wilkins from Clemson, Or Ward at corner from OSU. Or even Hurst from Michigan to play NT as well. In the 2nd that’s when I could possibly look at Guard or a defensive back for sure. Maybe a Jaire Alexander from Louisville to play the slot corner or Jackson from Iowa, Jackson would be a big slot corner at 6’1 192. But has good ball skills. As for guards possibly Hernandez from UTEP or Billy Price from OSU.

 

That’s what I would do if I was the GM for the Titans in the up coming off-season.

Advertisements

Bengals vs Titans Preview

Titans Bengals Football

 

Coming into week 10, The Cincinnati Bengals (3-5) travel to Nashville to take on the Tennessee Titans (5-3). The Titans have won 3 of their last 4 games. And they are 3-1 at home this season. While the Bengals are 1-3 on the road. One key note here is that A.J Green will be playing in Sunday’s game, As he was not suspended for fighting with Ramsey this past week. So lets get into some of the key match-ups in Sundays game. 

 Tackle Andre Smith VS. Edge Rusher Morgan

Andre Smith is normally the left tackle, But with Jake Fisher out for the year. Smith will have to move to right tackle. According to Pro Football Focus (PFF) Smith as a 46.4 overall grade which ranks 53rd in the NFL. So far this season Smith as allowed 1 sack, 2 hits, and 8 hurries on 116 passing plays. He will mainly be facing Morgan on the left side of the defense. Morgan who pass-rushes from the left side of the defense 97.2 percent of the time. He has five sacks, one hit and 21 hurries on 222 pass-rushing snaps, but his three total run stops this season is the second lowest among outside linebackers with at least 100 run snaps. 

Green VS Jackson: 

Green who got into the fight last week vs Ramsey and the Jags. Is still ranked 3rd among wide receivers in yards per route ran this season with 3.4, On 40 catchable balls this season he has only dropped 1. The problem is this season he only has 2 catches on deep passes (15+ yards). This is partly due to the poor offensive line play. Adoree Jackson leads the Titans cornerbacks with only 9.7 yards per catch allowed, but he also has the most penalties (6) and second-most missed tackles (7) on his defense. That has given him a 71.5 overall grade this season, which ranks 71st at his position. So look for Andy Dalton to target Jackson often throughout the game. And look for the Bengals offense to line Green up vs Jackson. 

Marcus VS. Bengals Pass Rush:

Mariota in 2017 has faced pressure on about 21.4 percent of his drop backs. That’s the lowest rate among 32 quarterbacks with 187 or more drop backs. When Marcus is under pressure however he as been very good. So good in fact he ranks 3rd in the NFL in passer rating when under pressure with 93.9 passer rating. The Bengals have had a great pass rush this season, even tho they only blitz on 16.5 percent of pass plays. They still have managed to register 110 of their 140 of their total pressures by sending only 4 players to rush the passer. Mariota has completed 65.3 percent of his passes for 1,086 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions when he hasn’t faced a blitz this season. 

Schwenke VS. Atkins: 

This could be the biggest match-up for the Titans this game. Atkins is a top 3 defensive tackle in the NFL. He’s great against the run as well as great vs the pass. And since Spain will miss another game with a turf toe injury Schwenke will need to have his best game against an elite defensive player. Last week Schwenke did very well vs the Ravens defense not allowing a single quarterback pressure. And ending the day with a 83.6 pass blocking grade. However he struggled greatly in the run game, He managed only a 44.5 run blocking grade. Atkins will be lined up against Schwenke for most of the game. And Atkins is ranked 10th in the NFL among interior lineman against the run. But ranks 2nd against the pass.

FCS Frenzy: Week 1 (Northern Iowa vs. #6 South Dakota)

•Cagen Cantrell

This weekend was the official kickoff to my new collaboration here with Team Tyrant and Tyrant Scouting. Leading up to the FCS championship in December, Tyrant Scouting and myself will bringing you a weekly series entitled #FCSFrenzy. We will be tuning in on some key FCS matchups that will include some of the top upcoming prospects for this year’s NFL Draft.

For our first installment, we took a trip to the grand ol’ Hawkeye State. This week was a pivotal Missouri Valley Football Conference matchup between the host Northern Iowa and the No. 6 ranked team in the country South Dakota. UNI looked to make a third time a charm, as they were 2-0 in their previous matchups against top 10 programs this season, against South Dakota St and Youngstown respectively. The first half was a compelling offensive showdown, despite the scoreboard showing different. Even though not being able to put an excessive amount of points up on the scoreboard, UNI and USD countered each other’s field position all throughout the first two quarters with solid Quarterback to Tight End connections for both sides. Chris Streveler and Josh Hale connected for the lone South Dakota touchdown in the first half, while Eli Dunne and Briley Moore had their own connection going. USD lead UNI 16-13 at halftime. The second half is where one team elevated itself above another, especially late in the 4th quarter. Northern Iowa trailed for all but the three minutes of the ball game. Three costly turnovers by South Dakota (including a devastating pick 6 thrown by Chris Streveler) ultimately sealed the Coyotes fate. Northern Iowa yet again secured a victory in their home Dome, upsetting a top 10 team for a third time this season. The final score was: UNI 34- USD 29.

PROSPECTS OF THE DAY:
—Chris Streveler, QB, South Dakota:
The former Golden Gopher quarterback has had subtle NFL buzz around him all throughout this season, and this game against a fairly stout UNI defense showed no different. Streveler’s biggest strengths appear to be with his vision downfield and his elusiveness within the pocket. In this clip, you’ll see that Streveler excels in scanning the field, and then delivering a solid ball into tight windows . https://twitter.com/ceeingthedraft/status/926892279997935616. The 6’3”, 215 pound signal caller also showed fluidness in his pocket movement. While he doesn’t get cold feet when the pocket collapses, he still is aware of when to evade the pass pressure and get into open field while still keeping his eyes up for a target. My concerns will Streveler are his mechanics, though he was slightly hampered with a shoulder injury from the previous week, he still throws an awkward- half winded ball which at times appears to hurt his velocity for passes farther than 10-15 yards. While a hobbled Streveler faltered late in the game, he threw as many interceptions in the 4th quarter of this game (2) than he has combined in every other game this season. Efficiency is key for any FCS prospect, and Streveler has fit that bill with an impressive stat line of: 21 TDs, 4 INTs, 2718 yards, and a completion percentage of around 67% through 9 games. Streveler intrigued me this weekend, and could see him as a late round QB prospect down the road in the draft process

—Elijah Campbell, CB, No. Iowa
When evaluating a cornerback prospect, the trait that probably goes the most unrecognized is his aggression. When watching Campbell on Saturday, you could see that the aggression in his play style is what he prides himself on, and quite frankly might be the attribute that will set him apart. Campbell delivered several thunderous hits, played tight and instinctive coverage for much of the afternoon, and even forced two fumbles. Forced fumbles are definitely not an everyday cornerback stat, so that was definitely worth noting. Campbell’s play style is gritty, it is evident that coming downfield and making his presence felt is a goal of his every snap https://twitter.com/ceeingthedraft/status/926883155423797253 . While I believe he would excel at free safety, his 5’11″ and 190 pound frame might have NFL folks only view him as a potential nickel or even a special teams asset. That situation wouldn’t necessary be a detriment to Campbell, time will whether NFL teams take notice to him, but he’s definitely another prospect to keep an eye on and will no doubt find his way into an NFL training camp with consistent play.
—Rickey Neal, EDGE/OLB, No. Iowa
Neal is only a junior, but he was truly a treat to watch during Saturday’s game. Every snap, it appeared that Neal was either sniffing down the ball or tackling the ball carrier himself. The 6’2”, 240 pound disruptor ended the game with 7 tackles, 2.5 TFL, a sack, and a fumble recovery. Neal’s presence and leadership for the UNI defense transcends farther than the stat line. He singlehandedly was the reason for Chris Streveler’s 2nd half meltdown, by tallying nearly a dozen QB pressures throughout the afternoon. https://twitter.com/ceeingthedraft/status/926910949797216256 . The leader of sack totals in the MVFC proved that he is a force to be reckoned with for the next year and a half on the FCS level. I am officially labeling Rickey Neal as my small school #BRAND for 2019.

Twitter: @CeeingtheDraft

Titans looking at Veta Via? Draft Stock On The Rise

Nose tackles are not typically graded as a first round player, Mainly cause nose tackles aren’t viewed as players that contribute to the pass rush. But some team sources say that Vea could be a pick in the back half of Round 1 in the 2018 NFL Draft. Why? Vea’s play this season will help his chances of being a first-round pick. He has shown the ability to contribute some in the pass rush while being big, strong, and having a burst at the point of attack. Vea whose 6-5, 340 pounds is very reminiscent of Danny Shelton who also came from Washington, and Shelton ended up going as a top-20 pick in the draft several years back. That was a bit of a reach by Cleveland, but Vea could end up going in the 20s during the 2018 NFL Draft. Vea has 61 career pressures on 480 rushes, showing that he can collapse the pocket in must-pass situations. In 2017 Vea has 88.9 overall grade currently ranks fourth among interior defensive linemen in the nation.vea

 

 

Roquan Smith Scouting Report. 11/1/2017

Georgia inside linebacker Roquan Smith (3)
(Photo by Jim Hipple)

Name: Roquan Smith  
Games Watched: Notre Dame, Tennessee, Florida
Physical Grade/Body Composition:
 My physical grade on Smith is a B at the moment. Body Composition reminds me a lot of Myles Jack from UCLA. 6’1 and 225 pounds. 
Tackling/Hit Power Analysis:
 Smith’s tackling is second to none. According to Pro Football Focus, Smith has 133 run snaps, He has 29 tackles from running the ball. 5 assists, But where he is second to none is due to his 0 missed tackles. he has 21 run stops (at or behind the line of scrimmage) That gives Smith a run stop percentage of 15.8 percent. In the passing game, Smith has 176 snaps. Again with no missed tackles on. Roguan Smith will come up and hit you. He doesn’t have great power like a Foster did when coming out of Alabama last season. But he will hit you and isn’t afraid of contact. 
Instincts/Play Recoginition Analysis:
 Very well rounded, Can read run plays, attacks the ball carrier with the right angles, diagnosis plays in time to get his team in the right scheme, Sideline to sideline speed when chasing down the ball carrier, understands to force the runner back inside where his help is. Smith breaks down the play as it is happening very well and is able to make himself skinny through the hole when trying to make a tackle. 
Scheme Fit:
 3-4 inside linebacker. 
Career Overview and Summary:

176 total tackles, 8 for loss, 1 sack, 2 pass deflections, 3 force fumbles and 1 fumble recovery.  

Smith isn’t the type of player that will come in and knock you out, But Smith is a very sure tackler. Once he gets his hands on you he is making the tackle. He does need a little more experience in the passing game but he has done well against the pass. I like how Smith is able to disengage the blocker and get in on tackles. He is at his best when playing the run. I’d like to see him gain a little more weight. But Myles Jack is doing just fine and they are the same size. In the run game, Smith has a good feel for finding the ball and avoiding blockers while doing a fine job of keeping the ball in front of him in coverage. Smith’s production is difficult to ignore when projecting him to the next level, and his presence in the middle is a huge reason for Georgia’s early-season domination. Pro Football Focus (PFF) has the Georgia junior ranked eighth among all linebackers in the country.

 
Projected Round: Middle 1st to early 2nd. (But has the ability to solidify himself as a 1st rounder as the year progress)