Jayon Brown will spend much of tomorrow night with the assignment of stopping Le’Veon Bell in the passing game. Jon Robinson drafted Brown in the 5th round of the 2017 draft to help with the Titans issue of covering tight ends and running backs. While it feels like the addition of Brown has helped that issue, the Titans are actually worse this year in DVOA against both the tight end and the running back.
Brown draws his toughest test of the year against the Steelers. Bell already has 40 catches this year and is a pivotal part of what Pittsburgh wants to do with their passing attack. You aren’t going to keep Bell from catching the ball. The key is getting him on the ground after he catches to prevent the big play.
The Steelers take a lot of shots down the field. I feel better about the Titans ability to limit those plays than in years past with the additions of Logan Ryan and Adoree Jackson as well as the emergence of Kevin Byard as the best safety in the league.
Brown will be the key to stopping the underneath stuff from turning into big plays. Can he do it?