Lots of Time, But Titans' Defense Incredibly Thin Right Now

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Over a week into free agency, even after reportedly adding defensive lineman Sebastian Joseph-Day, the Titans are surprisingly thin on defense.

The team lost three starters on defense in Denico Autry, Azeez Al-Shaair and Sean Murphy-Bunting, effectively replacing them with Sebastian Joseph-Day, Kenneth Murray and Chidobe Awuzie.

Oct 1, 2023; Inglewood, California, USA; Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Aidan O'Connell (4) escapes the grasp of Los Angeles Chargers defensive tackle Sebastian Joseph-Day (51) but is sacked by linebacker Khalil Mack (52) in the second half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Sebastian Joseph-Day/ © Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

That feels like a net loss as Autry’s flexibility allowed him to be an edge player and Al-Shaair was a more instinctive player than Murray has been. Only Awuzie’s resume is better than the guy he’s replacing.

And there are other spots where upgrades remain necessary: Cornerback, inside linebacker and nose tackle. Not to mention serious depth deficiencies, starting with a legitimate third edge, who should really be a second edge ahead of Arden Key.

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