The Tennessee Titans proved to be a top team in the AFC last season but among all of the great players on the roster, who is the best?
USA Today’s TitansWire ranked the top-20 players on the Tennessee Titans’ roster for the 2020 season, and 11 defensive players made the list along with nine offensive players.
Starting at No. 20, TitansWire ranked Adam Humphries at the bottom of the list with OLB Vic Beasley at No. 19, CB Malcolm Butler at No. 18, S Kenny Vaccaro at No. 17, WR Corey Davis at No. 16, DL Jeffery Simmons at No. 15, ILB Rashaan Evans at No. 14, TE Jonnu Smith at No. 13, C Ben Jones at No. 12, and LG Rodger Saffold at No. 11.
The top-ten is where it gets pretty interesting. That’s where most of the debate will be, but it’s hard for me to disagree with most of the players and where they’re ranked on the list.
OLB Harold Landry is holding down the No. 10 spot. This is probably a best-case scenario for the Titans if Landry is a top-ten player on the roster. If expectations become a reality, I wouldn’t expect him to stay at No. 10 for very long. 2020 could be a breakout season for Landry.
DL DaQuan Jones comes in at No. 9 and with Jurrell Casey no longer with the Titans, it’s a good thing to see a defensive lineman continue to be a leader on defense and that’s exactly what Jones can be in 2020 as he’s capable of taking over Casey’s role.
As kicking woes continue for the Titans, it looks like there won’t be many issues in the punting game as Brett Kern comes in at No. 8. ILB Jayon Brown follows at No. 7, and the combination of Brown, Landry, and Beasley running the second level will be deadly for opposing offenses.
QB Ryan Tannehill comes in at No. 6, and I would think before reading this ranking that he would be at least a top-five player on the roster, but after seeing who’s in front of him, the ranking seems fair to me, at least until he can prove he can play at a high-level long-term.
No. 5 belongs to CB Adoree’ Jackson, and this is where some debate could happen. Is Tannehill better than Jackson? Does he deserve to be in the top-five? Well, if he can play the full schedule this fall and not miss a game, then I think yes because he’s the second-best player in the Titans’ secondary. As of right now, though, I would say that Tannehill probably deserves this spot.
WR A.J. Brown comes in at No. 4, and after watching what he did on the season last year, he definitely passes the eye test, and a full year with Tannehill at the starting quarterback will prove that he’s just as good as many Titans fans are hoping for.
At No. 3, S Kevin Byard holds down the top spot for defensive players, as he should. There’s no doubt that Byard is the leader of the defense and undoubtedly the best all-around player.
No. 2 belongs to the one and only LT Taylor Lewan. The “Dad” of the Titans is a dominant force on the Titans’ offensive line and has been an anchor for the o-line since coming to Nashville. There’s no doubt he’s earned his spot at No. 2 on this list.
And finally, No. 1 on the list belongs to the 2019 NFL Rushing Champion Derrick Henry. Without Henry, the Titans’ offense would’ve been abysmal in the first half of the season. Tannehill would’ve helped, but the Titans’ season was really saved by a player who isn’t new to the Titans at all.
Henry week after week gave defensive fits as he shredded defenses, which allowed Tannehill the opportunity to get going early and help carry the team later in the season.
I agree with most of this list, at least when it comes to the top-ten. There is an overwhelming positive that you can take from this list, too. The Titans are a really good football team, and they have a lot of talent on both sides of the football. If Mike Vrabel is for real, the Titans could truly be a force to be reckoned with in the AFC.