2013 NFL Offseason What’s next?: Pass rushers

Jim Rogash

The Titans made some nice moves in FA and in the draft, but is depth an issue at defensive end? Could the Titans use more help on third and long? And if so, who could help? My thoughts.

The Tennessee Titans added some great pieces in free agency and in the draft, but what do fans have to look forward to in the time-span between now and training camp? These are some thoughts the Titans could kick around in that dead period.

Will the Titans add another pass rusher?

The Titans added a guy I really like in Lavar Edwards from LSU, but they are still fairly thin at DE going into camp. Right now my depth chart looks like this:

LDE: Derrick Morgan, Lavar Edwards, Scott Solomon

RDE: Kamerion Wimbley, Ropati Pitoitua, Keyunta Dawson

I really like the depth at LDE, but I think RDE is sketchy past Wimbley. The Titans could look to two guys they are very familiar with, and if familiarity is key, then there are very few defensive ends that Munch and Mathews are more familiar with than Dwight Freeney.

Freeney was a force in the AFC South when both coaches were scheming against him as offensive line coaches.Freeney makes a ton of sense as a pure sub-package pass rusher, but the Titans biggest concern for him will be how durable can he be in his old age considering his injury history.

Secondly, the Titans could revisit the option of adding John Abraham. The defensive end was the target of some speculation last offseason and after his cut he could be looking for a division full of weak OTs. The only troublesome OT that he would have to face is Duane Brown in Houston, but he would get the option to immediately face the weak OTs of the Steelers, Chargers, Jets, Rams, Jaguars (twice with a rookie tackle), Colts (twice), Oakland, and Arizona. That looks like a dream schedule for a pass rusher.

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