Nov 30, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans running back Arian Foster (23) runs with that ball against Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Jurrel Casey (99) at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Jurrel Casey – DT
Casey may be the best defensive line player the Titans have on their entire roster. While not really mobile, he is very big and can take on multiple blocks. He has very good reaction speed however and drives through his tackles when he can get them clean. Strong enough to arm tackle, Casey can also move pockets.
Casey has 3.5 sacks on the season which is exactly 2.5 sacks more than the entire Miami Dolphins defense. I know, salt in an open wound. He also has 12 tackles, 10 of them solo. Statistically Casey doesn’t lead the team in any categories but he frees other up to make plays.
Three of the Titans four starting linebackers sit atop the Titans defensive statistics. Avery Williamson leads the team in total tackles from his inside linebacker position with 25. He has one sack. Zach Brown has 22 tackles from the other ILB position while OLB Derrick Morgan has 4.5 sacks, one forced fumble and 15 tackles. All three play very physical and the presence of Casey up front has helped the unit improve week to week.
Casey will give the Dolphins offensive line fits. There is talk that Jamil Douglas will not start on Sunday and will be replaced by Billy Turner at right guard. Turner will have his hands full of Casey and will likely need help from Mike Pouncey or Ja’Wuan James.
Across the board the Titans front seven are quite good. The Titans rank number one in passing defense and a lot of that has to do with the amount of up front pressure they are getting on opposing quarterbacks. They rank 22nd in rushing defense and this is an area where the Dolphins need to get consistent.
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