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What are the odds? Titans vs. Dolphins
Posted 11:57 pm, 12/05/2018
The Tennessee Titans will open a new era on Sunday afternoon in Miami against the Dolphins. New uniforms and a new coaching staff â€" this team definitely has a different feel to it than last yearâ€™s. The only problem is that we still donâ€™t know what the finished product is going to look like.On paper Youth Jonnu Smith Jersey , the Titans are more talented than the Dolphins. I donâ€™t think many people would contest that statement. However, Tennessee limped through the preseason, unable to create or develop any chemistry with the first team offense or defense. Key players like Delanie Walker, Corey Davis, Rishard Matthews, Brian Orakpo, Derrick Morgan, Rashaan Evans, Harold Landry and others missed some time during camp or the preseason. Most of those names should return this week, giving us our first true glimpse of what the first team will look like. The oddsmakers arenâ€™t all that thrilled with the Titans at this point. Tennessee is just a one point favorite over the Dolphins as of Wednesday. Part of that is playing on the road, but I think another part of it is the pure unknown of what this Titans team will be in 2018. Another part could be the injuries which I mentioned above. Key MatchupCameron Wake vs. Dennis KellyJack Conklin was activated to be a part of the initial 53 man roster, but it would probably be a major upset if he played. In steps Dennis Kelly, who has filled the right tackle role in his absence. If he gets the go on Sunday Womens Brian Orakpo Jersey , he can expect to see plenty of Cameron Wake, who is still getting it done at 36 years old. Thatâ€™s a problematic matchup for Tennessee and Marcus Mariota, who knows all about Wake. Back in 2015, Wake got to Mariota four times, capitalizing on a matchup with Jeremiah Poutasi. That constant pressure coming right at Mariotaâ€™s eyes was enough to cripple the Titans, leading to a 38-10 Miami win. I wouldnâ€™t expect this staff to leave Kelly out on an island like Ken Whisenhunt did with Poutasi, however. Look for plenty of blocking help from the backs and tight ends, along with plenty of quick screens to neutralize that pass rush. The PickTitans -1I donâ€™t feel great about this one, to be honest. There are too many unknowns for me, even though the Dolphins project to finish in the bottom third of the league. A road game in the Miami heat could present a tough environment for a Titans team that has yet to put all of their pieces together. Remember, Ryan Tannehill is healthy once again for the Dolphins, which should provide some stability for an offense that struggled through 2017 with Jay Cutler.Iâ€™m going to rely on the fact that the Titans are the more talented team here. It feels like one of those games where theyâ€™re able to find a way late. Matt LaFleurâ€™s offense has largely been kept under wraps to this point too, adding another layer of unknown for the Dolphins. The loss of Ndamukong Suh should open up some running lanes for Derrick Henry and Dion Lewis Womens Brett Kern Jersey , which should create some play action opportunities for Marcus Mariota. I think the Dolphins are catching the Titans at a good time, but Tennessee should have enough talent to win a close one.Titans Should Eye DE Hauâ€™oli Kikaha if cut by New Orleans By Sunday morning some NFL players will find themselves on a new team, on a practice squad or out of the league. Roster cuts loom heading into the final week of the preseason. For players that have spent the offseason living on the roster bubble, their fate will be decided on Saturday.One name that is on the roster bubble in New Orleans is DE Hauâ€™oli Kikaha. The former 44th overall selection of the 2015 NFL draft hasnâ€™t panned out the way the Saints had hoped. After struggling with injuries during his time with the Washington Huskies, the same can be said thus far in the NFL.Kikaha, a versatile defensive end, has the skills to be lined up in different spots along the defensive line. Known for his relentless effort, Kikaha managed to become a second round pick in spite of injury concerns. During his final two seasons with the Huskies, Kikaha racked up 31.5 sacks. He hold the record for most sacks in Huskies history with 36 and most sacks in a single-season with 19.A high-motor pass rusher with that much production in college hasnâ€™t reached his full potential - mostly due to being derailed by injuries.Saints May Move OnWhen New Orleans made the trade for DE Marcus Davenport, some considered it one of the worst trades in recent memory because of what the Saints gave up. Davenport was paired veteran DE Cam Jordon to form a duo the Saints desired. A duo that may signal the end of Kikaha due to having other depth at defensive end that present less of a concern for potential injury.So why should GM Jon Robinson target a player who is injury prone?Here is why. Kikaha is only 26 years old. Thatâ€™s a good age for a pass rusher. Kikaha hasnâ€™t reached his prime yet. He could benefit from a new training regimine that may help reduce his chance of injury. Another reason? Bolster defensive depth on the edge. Yes, the Titans acquired LB Kamalei Correa, but where he will line up is still to be determined. With OLB Derrick Morgan out for a good chunk of the season and rookie OLB Harold Landry recovering from an injury to the same ankle he dealt with last season, his availability - despite the optimism of him being seen without a walking boot - remains a mystery. If cut http://www.titansfootballau...-authentic , Robinson wouldnâ€™t have to trade any draft capital and can gamble on a player that has a high-ceiling - if healthy. Once Morgan and Orakpo are at full health, the Titans will have a nice rotation of capable pass rushers that could reduce the number of snaps each needs without affecting their impact. Orakpo has already stated his production could see a boost by playing fewer snaps.Roster ChangesOdds are the Titans add a few players to their final 53 that spent the offseason in different uniforms. Whether or not Robinson will elect to target pass rushers is unknown. However, one key thing to keep in mind is the market for productive pass rusher is not cheap. History has shown that the price of an elite pass rusher can break the bank. This is why most choose to draft pass rushers with elite potential in the top half of the first round. In todayâ€™s NFL, some teams are forced to overpay for above average pass rushers because the elite and the great are coveted by the team they are on. Or - those player receive the franchise tag.In Kikahaâ€™s case, he doesnâ€™t have any leverage if he hits the free agent market Saturday. His deal would likely be a one-year â€śprove itâ€ť deal laced with incentives. Some incentives could include playing a certain number of games.Injury aside, Kikaha would be a solid value pickup. He wouldnâ€™t be expected to start, but could help hold it down while other Titans defenders heal up. Kikaha would fit right in with Correa and Titans QB Marcus Mariota, who he played against during their battles in the Pac-12. Kikaha has always had high respect for Mariota - evening going as far as saying heâ€™d be the only QB heâ€™d help up after a sack.Yes, there are a few pass rushers currently on the market - and more will be Saturday following cuts - but Kikaha should be considered if he is in need of a new team. Junior Galette - who was a teammate of Kikahaâ€™s in New Orleans - is also a viable option. Heâ€™s met with other teams and, like Kihaha, can be a very productive situational pass rusher if injuries donâ€™t sideline him.When comparing both Galette and Kikahaâ€™s numbers, itâ€™s interesting to not that Galette had three sacks in 16 games. Kikaha had four - in 12 games.