December 5, 2018 at 10:53 pm #302178
To Improve http://www.authenticstennesseetitans.com/cheap-taylor-lewan-jersey , Titans Offense Must Eliminate Mistakes It is no secret: the Tennessee Titans offense has struggled thus far in 2018.The Titans have played 21 total periods (counting overtime) this season. They have been held without a touchdown in 16 of those 21 quarters. The nerve injury sustained by Marcus Mariota, the multiple injuries suffered by Taylor Lewan, the devastating injury that ended Delanie Walker’s season, Jack Conklin’s recovery from a torn ACL, Dennis Kelly’s mystery illness, and the demise of Rishard Matthews have all factored in to the offense’s struggles, no doubt about it.Tyler Marz struggled mightily filling in for the injured Lewan on Sunday after the league’s highest-paid tackle exited the game with a foot injury.But the crazy part is that despite all the injuries and all the ineffectiveness, the Titans offense could be doing much better if the team could simply eliminate mental mistakes and execute when it counted.One position group that has struggled consistently with making mistakes is the team’s pass catchers, particularly when it comes to… well… catching the ball.The graphic above was posted prior to Sunday’s game at Buffalo, but I can’t imagine the number improved much after Nick Williams’ costly drop in the 4th quarter.There are lots of things that could be better about the Titans’ offense, but for today’s article, we’re just going to look at the Titans drops, because those miscues are pretty easy to identify, and for the Titans, they’ve come in pretty huge moments.I reviewed all of the Titans’ incomplete pass attempts since Week 1 and determined that there were 8 (give or take) drops by Titans receivers on balls that should’ve been caught (the most questionable one is the downfield play against the Eagles where Taywan Taylor was egregiously interfered with, drawing no flag).6 of these 8 drops occurred on third down. Let’s take a closer look at each painful drop to assess just how much damage the receivers are doing to the offensive production…NFL Gamepass.This first one came on the Titans’ very first possession of the season. The offense drove to the Dolphins 28-yard line and http://www.authenticstennesseetitans.com/cheap-brian-orakpo-jersey , facing a 3rd-and-4, Mariota lofted one into the end zone for Taywan Taylor.Now this isn’t exactly an easy catch, and there may be a small amount of pass interference, but the fact of the matter is the ball landed squarely in both of Taylor’s hands and bounced cleanly out, costing the team a touchdown. This is one you expect your starting-caliber receivers to catch.And I don’t mean this next part to be blaming Taywan Taylor for the disastrous start to the season, but hear me out – had Taylor caught this ball, every play that followed would have changed (you know, the butterfly effect and all), including (but not limited to) Marcus Mariota’s injury, Taylor Lewan’s concussion, and Delanie Walker’s broken ankle.So, all in all, a brutal first drop. Moving on…The second one came Week 3 against Jacksonville. Rishard Matthews questioned his role in the offense. Perhaps if he had managed to make this simple reception, he would’ve received more snaps…NFL Gamepass.As you can see from the endzone cam, this third-and-2 pass attempt deep in Jacksonville territory hits Rishard Matthews exactly where quarterbacks are instructed to hit their targets – in the hands directly in front of the facemask. Naturally, Rishard Matthews did not want to be a Titan anymore so rather than set the team up with a first down in the red zone, he dropped the pass http://www.authenticstennesseetitans.com/cheap-ben-jones-jersey , ending the drive.Moving on to later in this game…NFL Gamepass.In the second quarter, the Titans faced a 3rd-and-6 from their own 20 yard line. Tajae Sharpe does a nice job of getting open over the middle, and Mariota delivers a great throw that hits his receiver right between the numbers.Sharpe tries to corral this pass between his arms as if he’s fielding a punt. As he rolls over, the ball squirts free. Incomplete pass, drive over, Titans punt. Shall we discuss the next one?NFL Gamepass.Onto Week 4: here we have one of Mariota’s best plays as an escape artist in the pocket. Notice that it is again third down. Mariota, evading the rush, somehow keeps his balance and maneuvers back around to find an open Jonnu Smith just beyond the first down marker. Rather than use his hands, Smith goes for the ole’ bread basket catching technique, and the ball doinks straight off his chest into the ground, killing another Titans drive deep in opponent territory. Mariota’s reaction is a reflection of how we all felt. Later in the game…NFL Gamepass.This one was not on third down, and it should’ve been flagged for a pass interference penalty, as Leodis McKelvin clearly grabs Taywan Taylor’s facemask. For those reasons, this is the least egregious drop of this breakdown. Even so, Mariota delivered a beautiful pass that hits Taylor in the hands. PI or not, it’d be nice to see him catch this ball.Let’s take a look at another…NFL Gamepass.This next one, again in the Week 4 game Navy Jayon Brown Jersey , is a bit tougher to see, but using the end zone cam you can tell that this ball hits Taywan Taylor squarely in the chest – again on third down – and Taylor is again unable to secure the pass, thus ending another Titans drive.This next one belongs in a slapstick comedy routine…NFL Gamepass.The speedster Darius Jennings runs straight past the Philadelphia defense and Mariota delivers a perfect downfield strike, in overtime, needing a touchdown to win the game.Jennings feels compelled (for reasons unknown) to jump as the pass is arriving and thrust his chest upwards into the ball while alligator-arming the attempt to secure it. [img]http://www.sndpic.com//nike_nfl_jerseys/nike_tennessee_titans/nike_titans_077.jpg[/img]
And so, with the chance to set the Titans offense up inside the red zone, the undrafted free agent proved that he is indeed capable of being yet another Titans receiver to drop a crucial pass.The Titans are very lucky that this drop did not cost them a win. I wish I could say the same about the next one…NFL Gamepass.I don’t think I need to elaborate on how devastating this drop was, as Marcus Mariota says enough with his reaction at the end of the play.Converting on third down is a great way to gain an edge in any given week. If the offense can sustain drives, it keeps the opponent off the field while increasing the team’s chances of putting points on the board. This much is obvious. So while the Titans certainly have a lot of kinks to iron out with the offense after five weeks, they’d be in a lot better shape if they hadn’t turned 6 sure-fire first downs into incompletions.Was Mariota throwing shade at his receivers with his word choice during his press conference on Sunday?(Just kidding, that’s a joke…)Before we end this breakdown focusing on the mistakes of Titans pass-catchers, I’ll leave you with one more play… Who are some of the best prospects and where are they playing on a beautiful Saturday across the nation?#2 Georgia at Missouri NOON ESPN- The second ranked Bulldogs travel yet another SEC themed Columbia to take on the Tigers. Mizzou is 3-0 with a barnburner 40-37 win over Purdue last week. Georgia is 3-0 as well after a comfortable 49-7 win over Middle Tennessee State. The Dogs haven’t scored less than 41 points in a game thus far. The Tigers’ OC is none other than a familiar face in Derek Dooley. Georgia could be caught looking ahead a bit to rival Tennessee this week. Mizzou’s defense will have to show up big time to contain the powerful UGA offense that has several receiving weapons. Georgia prospect to watch1. Deandre Baker 5’11 180 CB Senior- Baker is one of the best cornerback prospects in this year’s class. He’s always around the ball it seems. Plays hard every play. Has a tendency to get beat badly on 9 routes due to some athleticism issues. Opposing QBs can bait him into being too aggressive at times.2. Mecole Hardman 5’10 183 WR Junior- He’s arguably one of the fastest receivers in the country. A big play specialist for the Dogs offense. Could be something special as a slot receiver at the next level. 3. Terry Godwin 5’11 185 WR Senior- The go to weapon for QB Jake Fromm. Has a habit of making incredible catches out of nowhere. Excellent blocker when asked to do it. Technically sound as a route runner. Not the best athlete at receiver but has just enough speed. 4. J.R. Reed 6’0 195 S RS Junior- The fearless leader of the secondary. Fundamentally sound as most defenders are under HC Kirby Smart and DC Mel Tucker. Knows how to wrap up and make the right reads in pass coverage. Ideally suited for a box safety role at the next level. Missouri prospect to watch1. Drew Lock 6’3 225 QB Senior- Lock might have the strongest arm in the class. The deep ball is there for him. Pocket awareness is generally good. Arm is NFL ready. Can make every throw in the book. Nice quick and compact delivery. No wasted motion. Above average athlete that can make things happen on the move. What is his biggest negative? In a word, consistency. When it goes bad, it’s all over the place. He doesn’t have any touch at times and solely relies on his fastball to get through. Many of his throws were of the where the in the world are you throwing variety. He profiles as a Jake Locker.#22 Texas A&M at #1 Alabama 3:30 PM CBS- Jimbo Fisher gets another shot at taking down his mentor Nick Saban so soon after leaving Florida State for College Station. The last time we saw the Aggies was when they lost a heartbreaker to Clemson. Bama had a dominant 62-7 win over Ole Miss last week where it just smothered the Rebels from the jump. A&M QB Kellen Mond will have to exploit a untested Tide secondary to have a chance. Texas A&M prospect to watch1. Daylon Mack 6’0 320 DL Senior- Mack is finally a senior this year. Hasn’t really lived up to his five star billing but that could be placed at the feet of an incompetent coaching staff. Has been a breath of fresh air as a senior thus far under the tutelage of DC Mike Elko. A physical force in the middle of the line. Underrated athlete. Power is the name of his game.Alabama prospects to watch1. Ross Pierschbacher 6’3 304 OL RS Senior- One of the best guard prospects in the country moved to center as a senior. He has been pretty solid as the center of the Tide OL. Character and work ethic are major pluses. A mauler type with some high level technique in his arsenal.2. Jonah Williams 6’5 301 OT Junior- Next man up in the Tide OL program. One of the best tackles in the nation. The starter at left tackle. Footwork and anchor are elite. Technician. Has the prerequisite size and strength to make it to the next level. Should come out as a junior.3. Deionte Thompson 6’2 194 S RS Junior- The next man up for a woefully inexperienced Tide secondary. He’s the leader with only six starts to his name. Could he be the next Ronnie Harrison aka the guy no one knows about but will get drafted anyway?#17 TCU at Texas 4:30 PM Fox- TCU travels to weird Austin for a mid afternoon date with Texas. The Horns are coming off a huge win over USC last week while the Horned Frogs lost in a deflating fashion to Ohio State in nearby Arlington. TCU is 5-1 over Texas since joining the Big 12. Texas will need to recover quickly from an emotional program defining win to compete against a ridiculously talented offense that TCU has. Expect a shootout. TCU 45, Texas 35.TCU prospect to watch1. Ben Banogu 6’4 249 EDGE Senior- Is he Josh Carraway 2.0? We shall find out this year. Will likely need an invite to an postseason event to get on the radar. Texas prospects to watch1. Kris Boyd 6’0 195 CB Senior- The leader of a growing Horns secondary. He stuck around the program when several teammates left the team early. A playmaker. Size and speed are a plus. Was briefly suspended for an issue. Teams will have to some digging on that. 2. Breckyn Hager 6’3 255 EDGE Senior- Hager transitioned to an edge role after playing mainly as a linebacker his first three years. Speed and athleticism are above average. He has been largely absent of any big plays so far into the 2018 season for some unknown reason. A bowling ball of relentless energy. 3. Collin Johnson 6’6 215 WR Junior- The Horns’ jump ball specialist. Route running is just average but he uses his size well to box out defenders to make a tough catch. The main target for the QB but QB issues have prevented him from being the true dominant threat he could become. A willing blocker most of the time. Bonus games to watch#14 Mississippi State at Kentucky 7 PM ESPN2- Miss State has a pair of talented defenders that will get drafted early. EDGE Montez Sweat and DT Jeffery Simmons. They are #good. #18 Wisconsin at Iowa 8:35 PM Fox- Check out Iowa TE Noah Fant. He’s one of the best tight end prospects in the nation.
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