In our latest installment of 2022 training camp previews for the Tennessee Titans, we take a look at the outside linebacker position.
Tennessee’s best outside linebacker last season was far and away Harold Landry, who had a career year in his fourth season, which was a contract year.
Landry answered the bell with a career-high and team-high 12 sacks and was a major part of the team’s defensive revival, which was fueled by a pass-rush that tallied 43 sacks, tied for the ninth-most in the NFL.
The Titans rewarded Landry with a five-year, $87.5 million contract earlier this offseason.
There wasn’t much to talk about outside of Landry, though.
Tennessee’s big offseason signing, Bud Dupree, simply wasn’t himself in his first year back from a torn ACL, but the good news is he began to round into form later in the season, giving hope for 2022. Dupree says he’s feeling much better in his second year removed from the injury.
“It’s way different, man, way different,” Dupree said. “Feels way better. Confidence is a different level. That’s all it takes to play this game. Your confidence is high, you’re going to play at a different level.”
The team’s 2021 fourth-round pick, Rashad Weaver, was limited to just two games because of injury, and Ola Adeniyi was a serviceable backup who played a big role on special teams.
With all that in mind, let’s take a look at Tennessee’s situation at outside linebacker going into training camp, and we’ll make a prediction for how things will shake out on the 53-man roster.