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Tennessee Titans player on the chopping block this week: Defense

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Which Tennessee Titans player needs a big game to secure a roster spot.

Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

It is the preseason and whether it is a big name or someone you don't even realize is on the roster, the Tennessee Titans have teams of people watching all the players on this roster thoroughly.

With that in mind, this week's player to watch on defense is Jonathan Massaquoi.

Some of you may be scratching your head right now while you try to remember who this player is, so let me remind you. Massaquoi is an edge rusher who was cut from the Atlanta Falcons last year. While he didn't really fit that defense, he still managed to be a middle of the pack pass rusher. According to PFF he ranked 33rd out of 74 3-4 edge players in terms of pass rush productivity from the left side.

All of this ultimately means that Massaquoi is a talented player who wasn't in the right system, and that he has a good shot to make this team as a back up edge rusher.

This is a big game for him because he didn't travel for last week's game against the Atlanta Falcons, and if he doesn't put together some game tape quick this team will likely use its waiver wire priority to grab some talented young edge rushers who didn't fit on to other rosters.

Massaquoi has six sacks in the last two years despite not really playing a ton of snaps. The former Atlanta Falcon is perfectly suited to be Derrick Morgan's backup and if everything goes well he can lock down that job. If not, then he will have very little time to change their first impression.

Against a bad offensive line it isn't unreasonable to ask for at least a sack and maybe a tackle or two in the running game, so that is what I define as a "good" job this week.