The Titans have officially signed former Colts defensive lineman Denico Autry, according to the team:
Titans agree to terms with DL Denico Autry— Tennessee Titans (@Titans) March 18, 2021
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Ian Rapoport is reporting that is a three-year deal worth $21.5 M, with $9 M guaranteed.
I love this signing. Autry is a tough, hard-nosed, no nonsense defensive lineman who should help the Titans in a variety of ways. He can get after the passer and he’s a quality run defender as well. He’s the type of talent that not only makes the team better through his talents, but the way he approaches the game should give the defense an attitude they sorely lacked last season.
Autry is a former Mississippi State Bulldog, and Jeffery Simmons has already voiced his excitement to be playing next to him.
Let’s get it!! It’s a HailState thing!! https://t.co/BSRhIMKlY5— Jeffery Simmons (@GrindSimmons94) March 15, 2021
Another fun fact of this signing is that Autry has already voiced his excitement to play against his former team twice next season. The following was taken from Autry’s official introductory media conference:
“I just like what (the Titans) have going on here, and I wanted to be a part of that,” Autry said on a video conference call on Thursday. “Actually, to tell you the truth, someone (saw) my worth, and that’s really why I chose the Titans.”
The Colts let him walk, and Autry said he won’t forget it.
“That makes it real personal,” Autry said. “They knew what they had. It is what it is.”
You can sign me up for any player that hates the Colts!
Let’s take a deeper look into how PFF graded Autry throughout the 2020 season.
Total snaps played: 631
Run defense snaps: 211
Pass rush snaps: 410
Sacks: 9 (T-12)
Forced fumbles: 0
Solo tackles: 21 (T-46)
Assists: 6 (T-54)
* ED with at least 20% of league-highest volume are ranked.
Overall grade: 62.5
Run defense grade: 60.8
Pass rush grade: 66.0
Those are some impressive numbers.
Titans Twitter was quick to explore the tape of Autry’s 2020 campaign. The film reveals some good things:
If you complained about the pass rush last season, and you probably did, you should be excited about this addition.