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Have Titans found 2024 contributor in Marlon Davidson?

Marlon Davidson is getting an opportunity to prove himself with the Tennessee Titans

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Tennessee Titans EDGE defender Marlon Davidson has strung together some impressive performances in limited action as of late. In Sunday’s defeat to the Seattle Seahawks, Davidson recorded two pressures and two quarterback hurries while earning himself a season-high pass rush grade of 67.6 from Pro Football Focus. Davidson played 45 snaps against the Seahawks, which accounted for 76.3% of all Titans defensive plays. Davidson should continue playing meaningful snaps for the Titans in their final two contests.

Davidson recorded his first sack as a Titan in the Week 15 defeat to the Houston Texans. Davidson was a standard game-day elevation from the practice squad for that game. He was added onto the Titans’ 53-man roster on December 22nd, and should feature extensively throughout this Sunday’s rematch with the Texans.

Davidson initially entered the league as the No. 47 overall selection of the Atlanta Falcons in the 2020 NFL Draft. After failing to meet expectations as a rookie and sophomore, Davidson underwent arthroscopic knee surgery in September before his third season began. The Falcons quickly released Davidson shortly thereafter, admitting defeat on a premium draft pick.

“It’s been important for me, coming here in October, my progression has shown that I can still play football in this league,” Davidson recently said. That’s been important to me. Continuing to show the naysayers, especially me beong healthy, that’s the biggest thing,” Davidson concluded.

Davidson is now hitting his stride with the Titans. Mike Vrabel and Terrell Williams have traditionally gotten the most out of former high draft picks that failed elsewhere. Mario Edwards Jr. and DeMarcus Walker immediately come to mind.

The Titans will be in an interesting position at EDGE this offseason. Harold Landry and Arden Key are currently your projected 2024 starters. Denico Autry, who’s in the midst of a career-best season, is scheduled to reach free agency. The Titans should have interest in re-signing Autry, but his advancing age complicates negotiations. Rashad Weaver and Caleb Murphy are also under contract. If the Titans bring Davidson back, he could be in contention for a rotational role.