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Underrated Titans to Look Out For in 2020

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By Mike Brez August 21, 2020 0 Comment
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As the season draws closer for the Titans, who will be some underrated players on the roster? Who will step up for the team?

Tennessee Titans fans will tell you to look out for Derrick Henry, A.J. Brown, or Kevin Byard in the upcoming season. But who are some underrated guys to look out for in 2020? We’ll break down some of the key guys who could be huge assets to the team.

Derick Roberson

Derick Roberson was an undrafted free agent signed by the Titans in May 2019. Roberson was on the practice squad for most of the 2019 season, but on November 26, he was promoted to the active roster just before the Week 16 game against the New Orleans Saints. Roberson earned his first two sacks against the one and only Drew Brees and ended up with 3 sacks in 3 games played. Not a bad start at all.

In 2020, Titans fans should keep an eye out for this guy. There isn’t a lot of film on him yet, but check out this video to see his highlights from last year. Pay close attention to his use of hands to break free of a block. Whenever Roberson swims out of a blocker’s grip, expect him to explode into the backfield and make contact.

Roberson moves his feet well, is incredibly effective with his hands, and is able to get into the backfield quickly. He is explosive, persistent, and strikes the perfect balance between disciplined and aggressive. Roberson is a perfect culture fit for the Titans, who have always embraced the “it’s us against the world” mentality. Watch out for Vrabel to utilize him more in pass rush in 2020.

Kalif Raymond

Kalif Raymond is undeniably already becoming a fan favorite, so why is he on this list? There have been critics saying his numbers don’t compare to other receiving options on the squad, and he just won’t have a substantial impact in 2020 because he won’t be a target frequently.

Raymond has had an interesting career, bouncing around from the Broncos to the Jets, from the Giants to the Titans, and 2019 wasn’t his first rodeo in Nashville. He actually was a member of the practice squad in 2018, but was released after only one week. But he never gave up.

After a roller coaster start to his career, Raymond was finally pulled up from the Titans practice squad on October 26 and his first impact as a Titan was against the Super Bowl Champs, the Kansas City Chiefs. He served as a punt returner and was the target of a 52 yard reception from Ryan Tannehill. Fans should also remember his huge touchdown play against the Baltimore Ravens in the Divisional Championship.

Raymond is a small player. He’s not going to pound players over and over again. But he steps up in the right moments and makes huge plays that have a substantial impact on the momentum of a game. That’s why fans should watch him in 2020.

Kamalei Correa

Kamalei Correa was drafted in 2016 by long time rival of the Titans, the Baltimore Ravens. He spent two years with the Ravens and then was traded to the Titans for a 6th round draft pick in 2018.

During the 2018 season, Correa was able to make some big plays, but he didn’t do anything crazy enough to catch major attention from fans and analysts. But in 2019, his career began to take off. Correa finished the regular season with 37 tackles, 5 sacks, two pass deflections, and a fumble recovery. In the Titans’ playoff run, he banked two sacks and 13 tackles.

Correa embodies the Titans’ culture just like the other guys on this list. He is aggressive and gritty, yet disciplined in his positioning and reading the offense. It’s vital for the success of any defensive unit that players like Correa play their role in particular schemes, and he does that well.

There isn’t a ton of film on Correa yet, but check out his Boise State highlights below. This is an explosive linebacker that overpowers players substantially bigger than he is. Expect him to make a big splash in this 2020 season.

 

Kareem Orr

Kareem Orr is probably not a name that fans know yet. In 2019, Orr played directly under Logan Ryan so of course, he didn’t see the field a lot. With Ryan out of the picture, fans should expect Orr to make a big impact on this Titans defense.

Orr recently did film analysis with a local media group and it’s pretty incredible how quickly he recognized plays, personnel, and exactly what was going to happen in the next few seconds. Not all players have that ability and at his position, that knowledge and ability to read an offense is vital.

Orr has the foundation to be a great player and have an impact on this Titans defense. 2020 will be a great test for him and fans should expect to see some big plays.

Again, there’s not a lot of film on this guy with the Titans, but he was a very impactful player in college. Check out these highlights from his time in Arizona.

All in all, Titans fans have a lot to be excited about this season. The Titans kept most of the big names they needed to, but this team’s culture is all about fighting tooth and nail for every single yard. The guys on this list embody that culture to a T and will definitely be names to listen for over the 2020 season.

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