Subject: For this piece, I will be breaking down a key play
Content: The regular season is at last underway , which means we get to look forward to the Titans’ week 1 matchup on the road against the Miami Dolphins.Wilson signed a three-year contract with the Dolphins in the offseason, and is expected to have a significant role in Miami’s offense. Behind guys like Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill, Wilson had 42 catches for 554 yards and three touchdowns. Now, several Titans fans I’ve talked to don’t really value Wilson’s presence on Miami’s receiving corps; In other words, he’s being underestimated. But with fourth-year wideout DeVante Parker being sidelined for week 1 in addition to struggling for most of his career, Wilson will start the season opener and is a receiver Tennessee needs to look out for.Let’s get to the Miami, Wilson is essentially the underneath replacement for now Cleveland Brown receiver Jarvis Landry. It’s highly unlikely that Wilson ever sees the large target shares that Landry had with the Dolphins, but Wilson is the quicker, faster alternative. This is especially apparent in the screen game, where Wilson was a big piece for the Chiefs in 2017.Chiefs head coach Andy Reid loved putting Wilson in bunch formations, and it sounds like Dolphins coach Adam Gase is going to do the same. Wilson is the main target on this play in a bunch set. The other two receivers are there to block for him while the left tackle also goes into the open field to provide additional insurance. This play doesn’t look like much from Wilson since it relies more on the execution of the blocks, but it’s important to note his speed on the play. As long as he gets blockers in the open field , he’ll be able to do the rest and pick up yards after the catch.According to Football Outsiders, Albert Wilson was the most valuable screen receiver in regards to the replacement level in 2017, leading all screen receiver in Defensive-adjusted Yards Above Replacement with 51 DYAR in this area. This is an area the Dolphins look to exploit on Sunday against the Titans, as Wilson is basically a monster in the underneath game.But Wilson is more than just a screen receiver, giving him a little versatility on the line of the Broncos in week 17, Wilson formed a strong bond with the new starting quarterback for the Chiefs in Patrick Mahomes, In that game, Wilson caught 10 passes for 147 yards and was a key contributor on Kansas City’s game winning drive.This clip is not from said drive, but it illustrates how good of a route runner Wilson is. He’s running a simple curl route, but what makes it impressive is just how smoothly he executes it. He cuts inside against the slot defender to start off, putting the defensive back on skates as he comes back to the ball. What’s important about his route is how Wilson is able to space himself far enough that the slot defender has no shot (and let’s be honest it isn’t even close) at disrupting the pass.It’s not the kind of splash play you’d expect from a receiver like Antonio Brown or DeAndre Hopkins, but it illustrates how near flawlessly Wilson has the fundamentals down as a, Wilson gets to show off some of his athleticism. Again, he’s the screen receiver in a bunch formation, but this time the results look a little more impressive. Once Wilson sees a gap to go through Navy Jayon Brown Jersey , he accelerates and gets the first down with ease. But he doesn’t stop there, eluding the defensive back #27 with a nice cut to pick up additional yards after the this play, Wilson runs a simple jerk route, where the receiver looks to be running a shallow crossing route before cutting back outside. This is effective when you want to isolate a receiver onto a linebacker, like so in the play above. Andy Reid disguises this as a pick play and instead schemes Wilson open with the jerk route. Despite Mahomes’ throw being behind, Wilson adjusts and cuts the corner, getting a first down in the process.Finally, Wilson can on occasion make the spectacular play. is an excellent catch. Wilson not only displays the tenacity and catch radius advantage on the defensive back, but manages to keep both feet in bounds close to the sideline. There’s not much else to say on this except for “Wow what a catch!”Simply put, Wilson is a threat the Titans need to watch out for. He is an extremely effective receiver underneath when asked to work in the flat, run screens, run shallow crossing routes and run jerk routes. He’s also a guy that can contribute in the intermediate passing game, as highlighted in that week 17 matchup at Denver. To conclude, as slot receivers go, Wilson is pretty good Youth Austin Johnson Jersey , and needs to be surveyed by the Titans defense in DeVante Parker’s absence, as he’s a new piece in a Dolphins offense trying to turn the corner.Harold Landry’s Titans debut was spectacular The Titans had many heroes that helped them to victory over the Texans on Sunday. Mike Vrabel and his staff had the plan. Kevin Byard had the throw.Dane Cruikshank had the catch. Corey Davis had the stiff arm. Taywan Taylor had the juke. Adoree’ Jackson had the pick.Jurrell Casey had the sacks. Ryan Succop had the leg. But there is one hero from Titans 20, Texans 17 that accumulated no stats that you’ll find in the newspaper box score, but impacted the game to a massive degree: Harold Landry.An ankle injury suffered during the Titans third preseason game delayed Landry’s NFL debut to Week 2, but it was well worth the wait. His official stat line for the game reads 0 tackles, 0 sacks, 0 tackles for loss, 2 QB hits, but that undersells his effect on the game by a long shot.Try this stat instead. The Titans defense got six stops on 3rd down during the game. Landry played a big role in creating four of them. The first of those four plays came on Landry’s first NFL snap. He came in to the game and immediately beat Texans rookie left tackle Martinas Rankin — also making his NFL debut — with a pure speed rush. He and Derrick Morgan force Deshaun Watson up in the pocket and in to the waiting arms of Jurrell Casey for his first of two sacks on the game. NFL Game PassAfter the hot start he really started to get things cranked up in the second half. This time he’s lined up at the top of the screen against Texans right tackle Julie’n Davenport. He uses his speed to beat Davenport around the edge, forcing Watson to step up to avoid his rush. Landry then finishes with good effort to double back and end up getting a hit on Watson as he releases a prayer in to double coverage. Landry’s early pressure busts up the timing of this play from the start though. NFL Game PassHere he comes again on the next drive on a 3rd and goal situation. Watch how quickly he’s able to get up field. He causes Davenport to completely abandon his kick slide here as the offensive lineman struggles to keep up with Landry’s speed. Landry then converts that speed to power and runs right through Davenport’s outside shoulder to force Watson to step up again in to the waiting arms of Jurrell Casey who strips the ball and nearly gets a huge turnover. NFL Game PassAnd finally, here is our fourth 3rd down play. It’s the biggest stop of the game for the Titans as this play kept Houston out of field goal range with just over 6 minutes remaining. This time he is back on the left side working against Rankin. Landry gives him his pantented dip move that he showed so many times during his career at Boston College. This is a clean win and if Watson doesn’t get rid of the ball the moment he does it’s a sack. Instead it counts as a hit and a pressure with the result being the biggest 3rd down stop of the game.NFL Game PassBy the final drive the Texans had taken notice and began chipping Landry with backs or helping with tight ends on almost every snap. While there is the obvious caveat that the Texans probably have the worst starting tackles in the NFL, it’s hard not to get excited about Landry’s future based on that debut. Especially when you consider that he was limited in practice earlier this week as he worked back from that ankle injury. Landry is only going to get better as he develops some additional counters off that lethal speed rush, but this was an incredible start. It’s still amazing to me that this guy fell to pick 41 in the draft. His college tape was littered with stuff like this and then his combine measurements backed it up. He deserved a sack for his efforts, but he helped Jurrell Casey pick up two. Landry will get a chance to get his first NFL sack this week against a Jacksonville team that just lost starting left tackle Cam Robinson for the season with a torn ACL.