The free-agency period has been good one way or another for every NFL team. Hence, it’s time to take a look at the positives in our newest series for End Zone Score. Which newcomer to the club was the franchise’s best offseason move and why? We got things started with the 2016 last-place teams in the eight divisions. You can get caught up on the entire series by clicking right here. Now we are onto the clubs that finished third. And that means the Tennessee Titans are in the spotlight.
CB Logan Ryan
You’ve come a long way, baby. That may be a very-dated reference, but it certainly describes the current state of the Tennessee Titans. A team that won a combined five games in two seasons managed a 9-7 record under head coach Mike Mularkey in 2016. Second-year quarterback Marcus Mariota and a ground attack led by DeMarco Murray spearheaded the offense. And Dick LeBeau’s defensive unit somewhat did its share, ranking 20th overall, including second in the league against the run.
But only two teams in the NFL allowed more passing yards in the league this past season. Despite a respectable pass rush that came away with 40 sacks, the Titans allowed 25 scores through the air. Even more disappointing was the fact that this team managed only a dozen interceptions and just 18 takeaways overall.
The addition of cornerback Logan Ryan from the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots is a major coup. He led Bill Belichick’s team with 92 tackles in 2016. He also totaled one sack and two interceptions while knocking down 11 passes. A third-round pick from Rutgers University in 2013, Ryan has racked up 13 picks in four seasons.
Cornerback has been a sore spot for this team lately. Veteran Jason McCourty was recently released, while 2015 free-agent pickup Perrish Cox lasted less than two seasons. Meanwhile, Ryan brings a winning attitude to a franchise that hasn’t been to the playoffs since 2008.