The Tennessee Titans have determined to half methods with edge rusher Vic Beasley and defensive again Johnathan Joseph, the group introduced Tuesday. Each had been signed to one-year offers within the offseason and have been deemed pointless post-NFL commerce deadline.
Beasley, 28, signed a one-year deal price $9.5 million in March of 2020. The previous No. 8 general choice was a late arrival to Titans coaching camp and rapidly made himself a distraction. Though he has appeared in 5 video games, the Clemson product recorded simply three tackles and one pressured fumble. Tennessee hoped that the free agent from Atlanta would supply a spark to the cross rush however, after seven video games, the Titans are tied for the third fewest sacks within the NFL (7).
The 36-year-old Joseph performed in all seven video games for the Titans this season, and had recorded 28 mixed tackles, 4 passes defensed and one interception. The previous first-round decide had a tough outing towards his former group in Week 8, nonetheless, which might clarify why the group made the choice to maneuver on from him this week.
Within the Titans’ 31-20 loss to the Bengals, rookie quarterback Joe Burrow accomplished 26 of 37 passes for 249 yards and two touchdowns. Whereas that stat line could not make your head spin, Burrow was not sacked as soon as and completed no matter he needed towards Tennessee’s secondary — particularly when it got here to focusing on Joseph. In accordance with ESPN’s Ben Child, when Joseph was the closest defender on Sunday, Bengals wideouts caught 10 of 13 passes for 104 yards and a landing, by way of NFL Subsequent Gen Stats.
The Titans do have some reinforcements coming in at cornerback to take Joseph’s place. Beginning cornerback Adoree’ Jackson, who was positioned on injured reserve earlier this season with a knee harm, could return for the Titans’ Week 9 matchup towards the Chicago Bears, and Tennessee additionally traded for former Los Angeles Chargers cornerback Desmond King.
The previous All-Professional King recorded 24 tackles and a sack in six video games for the Chargers this season, whereas additionally returning six punts for 17 yards. King was initially drafted by the Chargers within the fifth spherical of the 2017 NFL Draft, and will are available and play instantly. The Titans rank within the backside six within the NFL in cross yards and cross touchdowns allowed, so King can have an opportunity to enhance this protection as a complete.
Tennessee has two upcoming dwelling video games towards the Bears and Colts.