Titans week three snap counts

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Quarterly Review of Titans Snaps
Quarterly Review of Titans Snaps

Titans week three snap counts

Here is a look at the Tennessee Titans week three snap counts for their game against the Seattle Seahawks. Here is the recap of that game.

Offense
Titans week three snap counts
Titans week three snap counts

The offensive line played all snaps. They had an outstanding day, especially both tackles. Quarterback Marcus Mariota missed one. The Titans employed a Wildcat offense for one snap on Sunday. The Titans primary offensive set was a two tight end, two wide receiver set featuring Eric Decker opposite Rishard Matthews while both Delanie Walker and Jonnu Smith anchored the offensive line. The Titans ran a three tight end set four times which matches Dennis Kelly’s snap count. Taywan Taylor’s snap count increased with the absence of Corey Davis. Eric Weems played a key snap in the first quarter and failed to make a play. Jalston Fowler played the most he has this season; not coincidentally, it was the best the Titans have run in 2017. While DeMarco Murray was questionable all week and limited in practice, he still played 48 snaps. We also saw a good sampling of Murray and Derrick Henry in the same backfield on Sunday afternoon.

 

One final thought about the offense: Phillip Supernaw got away with a tackle on Rishard Matthews’ touchdown. It’s 14 seconds into this video.

 

Defense

Kevin Byard and Logan Ryan played all 73 snaps for the Titans defense. Adoree Jackson only missed two. Wesley Woodyard was fantastic- the best he’s ever played in a Titans uniform. Brian Orakpo and Derrick Morgan were consistently able to pressure Russell Wilson despite missing 30 percent of the snaps. Jayon Brown left the game due to a possible concussion, but he did return after being evaluated and cleared. He played 60 percent of the snaps. The Titans played more dime defense than usual. They had four down linemen (the extra was Erik Walden or Kevin Dodd with a hand in the dirt) one linebacker and six defensive backs. Curtis Riley played almost as much as starter DaNorris Searcy. Brice McCain was picked on by Wilson, yet he still had more snaps than LeShaun Sims.

 

It’s still time for Antwaun Woods

The Titans signed high-priced free agent nose tackle Sylvester Williams during the offseason. After Antwaun Woods was named the starter at nose tackle, Williams was given the opening day start anyway. Woods was placed on the practice squad despite Williams’ ineffective play in the preseason.

During the preseason, career defensive end DaQuan Jones began to play the nose tackle spot ahead of Williams also. Last year’s rookie nose tackle Austin Johnson and defensive tackle Jurrell Casey also played nose tackle a bit. Both players are defensive ends covering a spot.

During week one, Williams appeared to be pulled for Casey, Karl Klug, and Jones. For the week two and three games, the Titans have been using a four-man front. This front does not require a nose tackle. Williams was reduced to a part-time role for short yardage situations and first downs.

Dodd played in his first game of 2017. David King only has three weeks with the team and he ihas been active for two games. These two players are getting roughly the same amount of snaps as the $7 million dollar free agent, Williams.

This part-time role is simply a plug of a nose tackle that can be an immovable object to the opposing offensive line. This is not the job for a nose tackle that is clearly still overcoming offseason ankle surgery. He regularly looks down at his feet which is a sure sign of apprehension and lack of confidence in the ankle which also explains his inability to get leverage. The Titans are probably hoping Williams’ ankle develops and he can contribute more as the season wears on. Yes, Antwaun Woods would be better in this part-time role. For the high priced they paid, one has to assume the Titans are hoping Williams regains his 2015 form with the Denver Broncos. Placing Williams on injured reserve probably would have been a better idea, in hindsight. Nose tackle is simply not a part-time role.

As of now, look for Williams to hopefully regain confidence in that ankle. Look for the Titans staff to be patient. This team plans to make the playoffs. As long as Woods is on the practice squad, he will remain an option. He can be activated later in the season. Woods seems to be the backup plan. “First things first” seems to be to get Williams playing up to his potential.

Which safety

After Johnathan Cyprien was injured, many of us wondered if Kalan Reed or Curtis Riley would play the role of the third safety. Both were impressive this summer as backups. Riley has shown up and shown out. He’s done very well both weeks. This past week, he was put into some key situations while Searcy was on the sideline. Searcy is in the last year of his contract and we may be seeing a proverbial passing of the torch here. When Cyprien returns, it’s possible the Titans use Riley over Cyprien as the third safety.

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