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Harold Landry continues to put ACL injury behind him

Tennessee Titans EDGE Harold Landry is starting to hit his stride

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Tennessee Titans outside linebacker Harold Landry was outstanding in Monday’s thrilling, historic come-from-behind victory over the Miami Dolphins. Landry recorded 3.0 sacks and a season-high seven quarterback pressures. It’s safe to say Landry has rounded back into top form after struggling earlier this season to recover from last year’s ACL injury. Landry recorded the game-clinching sack on the Dolphins’ final fourth down attempt.

Prior to the Week 7 bye, Landry had recorded just six pressures and 2.0 sacks across 140 pass-rushing snaps, per Pro Football Focus. That equals one pressure every 23.3 opportunities. Landry had earned a disappointing weekly average PFF pass-rushing grade of just 54.8.

Landry hadn’t yet acclimated back into hopeful form. Various Titans players have struggled with torn ACLs in recent campaigns. Taylor Lewan, Bud Dupree, and Robert Woods are three examples. Landry has flipped a switch post bye, however.

From Week 8 onward, Landry has totaled 27 pressures and 6.5 sacks across seven contests and 179 pass-rushing snaps. That now equals one pressure every 6.6 snaps, which represents a massive improvement from his pre-bye output of one pressure every approximate 23 snaps. Landry is averaging 0.92 sacks per game throughout this current stretch, admittedly impacted by the 3-sack performance versus the Dolphins.

James’ numbers are slightly miscalculated here (we discussed on Twitter, and I’ve posted the correct numbers above), but the overall sentiment remains. Plus, the ghost rush posted is a THING OF BEAUTY.

Mike Vrabel and Ran Carthon must be thrilled that Landry has found his form. Landry signed a five-year contract worth $87.5 million ahead of the 2022 campaign, and then tore his ACL just months later. The Titans are saddled with Landry’s contract for the foreseeable future. Releasing him ahead of the 2024 campaign would result in a $36.9 million dead cap charge, per Spotrac.

It appears the Titans don’t have to concern themselves with Landry’s contract and form. After an understandably slow start to his 2023 campaign, Landry is back playing like the dominant pass rusher that earned a five-year extension from previous GM Jon Robinson. Landry was especially elite on Monday.